Tankless Water Heaters, an Eco-friendly Solution!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Bryan-College Station TREC# 499368

Many of the builders in College Station, Texas are including a new feature, designed to save money and benefit the enviroment, the Tankless Water Heater.  The concept is simple, why heat 40 or 50 gallons of water twenty four hours a day, when you can have hot water on demand? 

With Tankless Heaters, also known as Instantaneous or Demand Water Heaters, there is no storage tank.  You can employ electric or gas heating with tankless systems.  Hot water is dispensed at typically 2-5 gallons per minute.  Gas tends to be at the top of that range, where electric doesn't perform quite as well.  A whole house system is the type that you would typically want to employ, as smaller Tankless systems cannot provide for multiple uses simultaneously.  Another possibility is to install seperate Tankless Heaters for appliances or connect two or more together.  Seperate systems could be used with poolhouses, hot tubs, and remote bathrooms.

24%-34% more energy efficient with moderate use, and 8%-14% more efficient with high usage (over 80 gallons a day), better efficiency of 27%-50% can be achieved if Tankless Systems are installed at each hot water outlet.

Another benefit of the Tankless System is that heater life is typically extended.  A standard water heater can last anywhere from 7-15 years.  Most Tankless Systems have a life expectancy exceeding 20 years.  This ensures less scrap metal in the landfills.  Remember that periodic maintenance can extend the life and minimize efficiency loss.

When building a home, or replacing your conventional water heaters explore the option of Tankless Water Heaters.  Your wallet will thank you, and so will the planet!!!

For new builder homes, as well as gently used homes, in Bryan and College Station visit the MLS search

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RE/MAX Bryan-College Station

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Susie Roscoe
Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL
Signature Realty Associates
This is terrific!!!  Does it make a difference in how much hot water can run for a length of time?
August 13, 2007 08:31 PM
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Chris Tesch
College Station, Texas Real Estate
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station

Terri, they are great according to my clients that have them.

Ray, we are the poor relatives :)

Jeff, thanks for stopping by!!!

Susie, according to the folks that have them, if they are installed properly it is an "endless" supply of hot water!

August 13, 2007 08:36 PM
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Ray Saenz
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Chris,

I remember this,  Paul Young Auto Mall !!!! :) on the local radio and I believe the local t.v. :)

Ray Saenz

 

September 08, 2007 06:34 PM
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Chris Tesch
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Ray, Yes, Ellen, Paul's wife, is our aunt.  Of course we have the cousins too, Paul Jr., Shawn & Kelli...
September 08, 2007 06:54 PM
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Michael Thomas
Home Inspector - Chicago, IL
Paragon Property Services

I have a tankless WH at my home, my office and at 3 of our rentals.  They can work well, but we encountered a LOT of issues when installing them. I have a web page up where I discuss some of the problems we have encountered, and how to avoid them. It also has a link to an OA Smith white paper on calculating the payback of tankless heaters:

 
http://paragoninspects.com/home-inspection-tankless-water-heater-installation-problems-faq.html

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