The Advantages of a Propane Water Heater

If you are looking for a way to cut your hot water costs, a propane water heater can be a great solution. Not only is propane an efficient energy source, which is usually preferred over electric, especially when natural gas is not an option, but a propane tankless water heater is especially efficient. This is because a tankless propane water heater only heats water when you actually intend to use it, instead of heating and reheating an entire tank of water.

An overall advantage of a propane hot water heater over an electric hot water heater is that it can heat more water faster, which means a shorter recovery time than if you are using a standard 50 or 75 gallon water heater. On average, propane water heaters require about half the time to reheat 40 gallons of water in a tank.

However, you can reduce your costs even more by selecting a tankless propane water heater. Standard water heaters that have a tank heat the water, and then if you do not use it, it keeps reheating it over and over until it is used. This is a very wasteful way of heating water, because the same water is often reheated multiple times before it is actually used. Studies have shown that approximately 20 percent of the cost to heat water ends up being lost by standard tank water heaters, simply because there is not an immediate demand for the hot water that is produced.

A tankless propane water heater starts to heat the water when the hot water faucet is turned on. Although there is a slight delay of about twenty seconds from the time the hot water faucet is turned on until hot water flows from the faucet, this is not usually a detriment. There are many different models and sizes of tankless water heaters, designed for specific types of uses. If you have a large family, or tend to use multiple sources of hot water at the same time, such as washing clothes while somebody is taking a shower, you will want to make sure to get a water heater that can keep up with that kind of demand. One way that people sometimes get around this issue is to use a dedicated water heater for specific uses, such as one that would be used to supply hot water to a large spa bathtub. Overall, you can expect to cut your energy costs by more than 60% by using a tankless water heater.