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VOLUME 3 ISSUE 11

CONTENTS

Five Reasons To Consider Tankless Water Heaters
Water Filtration - Health Benefits

Considerations for Installing a Tankless Water Heater

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Five Reasons To Consider Tankless Water Heaters

When you think of the most important feature or use in your home that you can't live without, what things come to mind? Well, having a constant supply of electricity is nice, whether for cooking, watching the tube, or to keep from tripping over your child's toy in the dark. Water is up there, too -- whether it's coming from the kitchen sink, clothes washer, or bathroom shower. But water alone won't suffice -- It's got to be hot.

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Water Filtration - Health Benefits

All nature is full of water, but not all water is potable (fit for consumption). Only 0.3% of the total water available to human is considered as "drinking water". For a water to be potable, it must have a quantity of substances that you can safely consume everyday without any risk of health problems. Even clear water can contain all kinds of substances harmful to your body. These substances may come into contact with the water either during its journey in the river, discharges of certain human activities, or particles suspended in air (organic or chemical). To be portable, the water you use at home must be filtered.

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Considerations for Installing a Tankless Water Heater
  • An endless supply of hot water. This is great for larger families who may have large hot water needs.

  • Energy savings. You are only heating the water you use, not continually heating the water in the tank.

  • Space. Tankless water heaters are smaller than tank water heaters. Models are also available for exterior installation.

The above benefits are dependent upon a quality install of a unit that is specified for your needs.

There are also other considerations if you are thinking of a tankless water heater.

  • Endless hot water does not mean instant hot water. For instant hot water, you need a re-circulation system, and possibly a small holding tank. Hmmm. For more on Instant Hot Water, see below.

  • There are no water savings with a tankless water heater. And you actually may use more water if your habit is to take a hot shower as long as the hot water holds out. This, of course, also bites into energy savings.

  • More maintenance. Although there isn't a tank to flush, burner assemblies or heating elements require ongoing maintenance to maintain peak efficiency.

  • Installation cost for a tankless water heater are higher than a tank water heater. Not only is the equipment more expensive, but the work required to retrofit a tankless water heater is extensive.


 

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