"I have had a Takagi Tankless Water Heater in my house for 15 years and have not had a bit of problems. We all take long showers. And its great ... knowing I wont run out of hot water all the way thr0ugh the shower." ~ConsumerReports.org Reader Kent Milbergerf
Takagi calls themselves the “pioneers” in the tankless water heater industry, and that's a title they might just deserve. Like Noritz, Takagi is a Japanese company that's been creating tankless water heaters for half a century. They moved into the North American market only recently, in 1995.
Unlike most gas-powered tankless water heaters, which have energy efficiency ratings that generally fluctuate between 82% and 85%, Takagi's tankless water heaters have an energy efficiency rating of 92% for natural gas and 95% for propane. This incredible energy efficiency rating means that Takagi's tankless water heaters nearly out-perform even electric tankless water heaters (which have the highest energy efficiency rating in the tankless water heater world).
You'll Pay More, But You'll Get More
The downside of Takagi's tankless water heaters is that they are some of the most expensive tankless water heaters on the market. Together with the cost of the unit itself and installation, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500. If you choose to purchase a Takagi, be sure to apply for a Recovery Act tax credit, which will pay for 30% of the upgrade up to $1,500.
Despite the higher cost, Takagi makes some of the best tankless water heaters available. Besides the aforementioned high energy efficiency rating, Takagi's tankless water heats have a number of other impressive features. For example, Takagi tankless water heaters are typically more durable than those of its competitors; most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of about 20 years, whereas Takagi tankless water heaters last closer to 25 or even 30 years.
Committed to Safety and Green Energy
Takagi tankless water heaters include several safety features not offered by other brands:
* Water temperature is factory-set to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, to prevent accidental scalding.
* Built-in exhaust fan automatically expels potentially harmful gases.
* Computerized safety system self-monitors for any type of over-heating or gas build-up.
* The absence of a pilot light makes Takagis especially safe in earthquake-prone areas, such as northern California.
* Takagi has certifications on its models from the National Sanitation Foundation, the Canadian Standards Association, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Furthermore, Takagi works hard to make sure that its models are as green as possible. Besides being an Energy Star partner, Takagi is also a member organization of the US Green Building Council, the licensing organization for LEED-constructed buildings and homes.
In short, although Takagi tankless water heaters cost more than most other models, there's a good reason for the higher cost – Takagi makes a higher-quality product. If you're willing to pay a little extra for a Takagi, you'll be glad that you did.
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