The time comes in every homeowner’s life when the good old hot water heater has to be either upgraded or replaced. Our family recently faced this dilemma. Where to start? The choices are overwhelming; tankless, electric, propane, natural gas, even working into developing solar hot water.
I started by looking at our main fuel source. In our case we are not all the way off-grid yet, so we would be looking at propane or electric.
Then, I considered whether we wanted it to be instant (tankless) or constant ( the constantly heated tanks many of us grew up with). We chose a tankless model, and here’s why.
My husband (the trained HVAC person) made quick calculations of our household needs. (I found some answers online if you do not have a HVAC husband.)
But when looking at the 1600 size models he explained that the standing ignition is a 24/7 pilot, and still fuel wasteful. If using that model we would choose the 1600H; it has a hydro-generated igniter that is much more fuel efficient.
For our family the 1600 series was too small, so we went with the Bosch 2700ES with the future hope of going all solar. The tankless systems are higher priced than the traditional heaters, but the re-coup of the expense can add up quickly. There are also many rebates and tax programs to use and help offset the cost.
For us, the endless supply of hot water, even during multiple usage times, helps get more things done quicker ands leaves more time for me. I especially enjoy the luxury of a long soaking bath to un-knot all the kinks.