Heating water in a home is the second largest user of energy, behind heating and cooling. Selecting the right water treatment system for a home can have an ongoing impact on energy bills, as well as home comfort. To help you battle with the changing systems and technology in tankless water heater systems here are some reviews of some of the recent changes affecting the industry and how homeowners, builders, and contractors can select the best water heater for a home.
New standards for water heaters will force changes on homeowners, builders and plumbing contractors while saving tons of carbon dioxide emissions and energy at the same time. Let us explore some of the changes that homeowners and building professionals should understand about home water heaters. Many homeowners are considering a tankless water heater as one possible option to meet their needs. There are many reasons to use tankless or on-demand, water heaters. But it’s also important to know whether it’s the right choice for your home. Let us identify the factors that you should consider when shopping for a tankless water heater.
As the NAECA 2015 rules change the water heater landscape by requiring higher efficiency, building professionals and consumers face new challenges when choosing a water heater.
Water-saving technologies battle drought conditions. The new regulations are actually for all water heaters, not just tankless, but almost all the tankless products currently on the market comply with the new requirements. The technology doesn’t need to change because the role that tankless water heaters play already complies. However, a lot of units in the traditional tank industry need to make adjustments to the tank size and installation process in order to meet the higher regulations.
Benefits of using a tankless unit. There are a lot of benefits of going tankless, but one of the big benefits is the continuous hot water. If you have a standard tanked unit, whether it’s 30 gallons or 50 gallons, once the hot water is out, you’re out. With the tankless technology, you have continuous hot water. It can ideally go on forever. The only restriction is the BTU size of the tankless water heater and the number of appliances you have running at the same time. Tankless units also have a smaller footprint. The tanked units are actually expanding in footprint under the new regulations because of added insulation, whereas the tankless units are much smaller and consume less space. Under the newly increased U.S. regulations, the new style of tanked water heaters might not fit where you currently have your existing unit. Tankless water heaters also have an increased energy efficiency, which equates to an increased energy savings. There are non-condensing and condensing products. The condensing units typically have a .95 Energy Factor rating. The water can also be cleaner because the water isn’t sitting in a 50-gallon tank for an extended amount of time. Finally, there are also replaceable parts in tankless units, so you don’t need to replace the entire water heater if something goes wrong. Today it’s very easy to replace the key parts of the tankless units.
Make the switch to tankless. It’s absolutely advisable to go from a tanked unit to a tankless water heater. With these new energy factor requirements and size requirements, we see this happening more and more in the market. Some things to consider today is tank types and their connection type. Most traditional tanked units connect from the top, whereas tankless water heaters connect from the bottom. Low-flow toilets and other technology innovations can help save water in every home, and each step can make a difference. Water conservation can be accomplished in most any building, residential and commercial.
Here are some water-saving tips:
Demand control recirculation pumps. One of the most common ways people wastes water is waiting for hot water in the kitchen or bathroom. Regardless of whether a home has a tank or tankless water heater, the water in the lines between the water heater and the fixture loses heat. Depending on how long those lines are, it may take many seconds for hot water to run through the pipes to reach the fixtures. All that water goes down the drain, including the energy used to move it, treat it and heat it, as well as the energy used to process it as sewage. Hot water recirculation pumps reduce the wait for hot water to next to nothing. That’s why home builders in drought-stricken states are turning to recirculation pumps to help meet strict new standards.
Storm water management. A d-Rain Joint provides a cost-effective method for creating permeable, pervious surfaces. It was developed to satisfy a permeable, pervious driveway requirement while addressing LEED and NAHB green-building guidelines. It has a moderate installation cost and a very low life cycle cost compared to other permeable, pervious surface options. Its’ simple and unique design allows the use of traditional concrete, asphalt, or paper materials to construct a highly performing, permeable, pervious surface system and provide groundwater recharge opportunities.
Advantages of the d-Rain Joint:
Knowledge on the current issues and changing technology on HVAC and water system is important. As more and more developers are creating energy efficient and cost saving systems you need to adapt to them to have a high-efficiency system and also save money on HVAC costs. Knowledge on latest issues like prices of the furnaces, water treatment systems, air conditioning units and even learning about duct cleaning can help you in choosing the best for your home.