Tankless water heaters offer a way to heat the water in your home without using as much energy as a tank water heater. A tankless water heater uses up to 19 percent less energy than a tank heater. It also takes up less space. But the real reason most people invest in a tankless water heater is; when properly sized and installed, they offer an almost continuous source of hot water the a doesn't run out like conventional storage water heats
The only real problems people have with tankless heaters is experiencing a slight delay in getting hot water to the tap, changes in temperature when using hot water, and waiting for the hot water to arrive. Those problems can be managed by optimizing the performance of your home's tankless water heater.
Tips for Optimizing Your Tankless Water Heater
- Size the water heater properly. Tankless heaters are rated by flow rate and temperature rise. The flow rate is the maximum flow of water you will need to serve all the outlets in your home. The temperature rise is how many degrees the water heater will need to raise the cold water temperature to get to an appropriate hot water temperature. Your heater should handle at least a 70-degree rise.
- Be realistic. Tankless water heaters require a minimum flow of water through the system to avoid overheating. Some people do not like to run the faucet at full flow for washing hands or dishes. However, it is necessary if you want hot water. Also, remember, you are not going to have hot water the moment you turn on the faucet. The system still has to clear cool water out of the pipes. Plus a certain amount of water has to run through the water heater to trigger the heating process. A point-of-use water heater can help both of these issues.
- Get an experienced contractor to handle the sizing and installation of your tankless water heater. He has the knowledge to select a heater that will meet your household needs. That person also has the expertise to install it properly, including adding proper ventilation for the heating element and making sure that the gas piping is adequate to support the operation of the tankless heater...
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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