Always running low on hot water? Normally, your HVAC technician would recommend that you get a bigger water heater. However, if you don’t have room for that, or you want an unlimited supply of hot water, you can add a tankless water heater to your current HVAC system instead. As a result, you’ll have a bigger supply of hot water without needing to install a new tank. Here’s what you need to know about this potential option to supply your hot water.
The Costs and Benefits
A tankless water heater that is installed with your current tank-based heater is often called a booster. The benefits of these boosters include:
- Extended water supply: You’ll be able to run hot water for much longer than you would with just your tank.
- The same fixtures: As you’ll still be using the tank, you’ll be able to supply the same number of fixtures with hot water that you currently can.
- Longevity: Tankless water heaters are durable and last a long time, so you’ll get a great deal of service life out of the unit.
- Space: The tankless water heater won’t take up any additional floor space, so you preserve more room.
- Vacation mode or Eco mode: Some boosters have smart features like vacation mode that conserve energy while you’re not in your home, or Eco mode that conserves energy all of the time.
Boosters can be more affordable than tankless water heaters that work on their own, without the existing HVAC system. They can be smaller and therefore less expensive upfront. However, you won’t make the most of their energy-saving features, as you would if you simply bought a full size tankless water heater.
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How the Booster Works
The booster takes warm water from the tank and heats it up to your desired temperature before delivering it to your shower or the rest of the house. That way, it makes the most of the water in the tank. However, as it relies on the tank to heat up the water somewhat, the tankless water heater will eventually run out. You don’t have unlimited supply, as you do with a tankless water heater that runs on its own.
How to Install the Water Heater
Your new water heater needs to be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically they need to be installed right after the tank-based water heater, on the hot water feed line. Sometimes it can be mounted on the wall nearby instead.
A professional can install the heater for you and ensure that it will work properly in conjunction with your existing water heater system. They will connect the heater to your water supply and to the electrical system and ensure that the heater is working.
Are you looking for more information on tankless water heaters? Our team at Handy Bros ClimateCare would be happy to help. Reach out to our team today.