Let’s say your household has racked up a hefty heating bill over the years, and a considerable sum of the expenses went to warming up your water for various purposes. That could be traced to one suspect: your old water heater. If that machine is of the tank-based variety, it will warrant replacement with a tankless water heater via Edmonton plumbing firms like Capital Plumbing and Heating.
To start you off on the water heater replacement journey, an article by writer Gordon Gray for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide states:
“In general, the hot water flow rate of a small tankless water heater can support a bathroom and a kitchen with a dishwasher. The key to selecting the proper model is knowing the flow rates of your fixtures, the coldest temperature of incoming water, and your usage patterns (how many faucets do you expect to be able to use at the same time?).”
In line with the potential usage, you and your preferred water heater provider must also evaluate which other appliances/fixtures in the house require water heater links (aside from the kitchen sink and the showers). If you have a washing machine and a dishwasher, for example, you need to see if they run on either hot or cold water connections. It is also important that the new heater must be close to many important water links to ensure that the water stays warm all the way through, such as from the heater to the tap.
The plumbing contractor will evaluate the size of the household’s plumbing grid to determine the water heater that can generate the right heating capacity. They will often liaise with a credible seller of tankless water heaters to see which models are available for installation.
Size is one of a tankless water heater’s main selling points; they are much smaller than a storage-based water heater, which frees up space for other objects. When installing the new water heater, however, your contractor should also evaluate the placement area for proper venting options. Tankless heaters– specifically gas-fired models- use powerful flames for heating and require more air to vent; as such, your contractor should determine if the heater’s location warrants a direct-vent or a separate vent with few pipe elbows.
In the end, there’s no doubt that Investing in a new tankless water heater for your home through Edmonton hot water tanks firms like Capital will be a wise decision.
(Source: 9 Best Practices for Choosing and Installing a Tankless Water Heater, Green Home Guide, September 3, 2009)