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The Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater for San Jose Homes

by / Friday, 15 February 2013 / Published in Blog

Most homes in San Jose get hot water from a 50-gallon tank that is continually heated and ready to use every hour of every day. The problem with such a system is that most people in these homes only need hot water for an hour or two each day, so a lot of energy is wasted throughout the day. The better alternative is a tankless water heater from full-service plumbers like Alpha Omega Plumbing Inc. This moderately sized unit heats water as it flows through the heater’s pipes, making hot water only when you need it.

Tankless water heater benefits

A tankless water heater from San Jose plumbers operates only when you’re using the water, thereby consuming up to 30% less energy than conventional systems. Plus, it doesn’t clank or rumble at dawn when everyone’s still asleep. Since it produces hot water only when you need it, it matches the schedule of your hot water use—not round the clock.

With a tankless water heater, space is rarely an issue; its diminutive size makes it easier to install and maintain than conventional tank-type heaters. They also come in two types: electric and gas-powered. What’s more, tankless heaters use conventional heating systems and burners, making one model just as effective as the other.

How tankless water heaters work

A tankless water heater fires up when you open the hot tap so you can enjoy a warm and soothing shower. This can be situated this just about anywhere: in the bathroom, kitchen, and powder room. This is the reason many contractors and builders in the Capital of Silicon Valley have installed this kind of water heater in San Jose townhouses and condominiums that have been recently constructed.


The US Department of Energy (DOE) showed that the annual operating cost for a storage-tank heater stands at $388, while a tankless heater uses a measly $272. That’s $116 in savings every year. Gas-powered tankless heaters are also reported to produce more hot water than electric units; so if you want to save even more, go with gas-powered models.

But that doesn’t mean you should do away with electric tankless heaters altogether. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) says that electric units may be appropriate for small applications, like a bathroom without a tub.

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