Lets start with the obvious benefits of owning a Titan Tankless Water Heater, and why you should have this unit installed by Bill Metzger Plumbing. How does endless hot water sound? How about saving up to 60% on your hot water electric bill resulting in the unit potentially paying for itself in the first year of use? How about the space savings you will receive? You have a GREEN friendly recyclable product that will help save the environment! Lets throw in a 26 year history of the reliable Titan! The fact that Bill Metzger Plumbing has been serving Orange County for over 50 years, and knows more about installing and repairing tankless water heaters also helps. The fact is, Bill Metzger Plumbing will be there long after the sale and installation of your Titan Water Heater.
The future of hot water for your home
Traditional electric tank water heaters have been used in commercial and residential properties since the early twentieth century. Conventional electric heaters utilize a simple heating element to heat the water and a basic storage tank to hold the heater water until it is required. They have remained virtually unchanged over the years. This process has some major drawbacks:
As water is demanded from a conventional tank, cold water begins to flow immediately into the tank. The cold water starts to dilute the heat of the existing water in the tank. As more and more water is drawn from the tank, the overall water temperature in the tank continues to drop, eventually becoming too cool to use comfortably (showering, etc.). Because of this inefficient process, if you have, for example, a 60-gallon tank, you actually only have only about 45 gallons of useable hot water. The other 15 gallons are lost as cold street water is added to the tank during the usage process. Of course, once this occurs, we must also wait a considerable time for the heater to bring all of the water in the tank back up to a usable temperature. The speed at which this is accomplished is referred to as the “refresh” or “recharge” rate. To increase the refresh rate and reduce the effective of temperature declines during drawdown of the hot water, traditional water heaters are often set at very high temperatures – 130 to 140F. Basically, tank-type heaters require you to heat the stored water to an exceptionally high temperature in order to provide an adequate supply of hot water. This temperature is far higher than what would be safe for showering or other household uses. You must first pay to heat this water only to cool it again by adding cold water to make it comfortable . In other words, you are paying for electricity which heats the water to a much higher temperature than you will ever actually use. Furthermore, you must pay to keep the water in the tank hot all day, not just for the few minutes of each day that it is actually needed. This results in a substantial amount of wasted energy – and wasted money too!
In addition, a conventional heater is consistently radiating heat (loss), which also contributes to the re-heating rate and energy consumption. This type of heat loss is often referred to as “stand-by” heat loss. Even today’s tanks suffer considerable standby heat loss. Most conventional heaters have upper and lower heating elements, one of which is cycling on or off 24 hours per day, even when you’re not at home. Simply by eliminating stand-by heat loss alone, energy consumption can be reduced by 30%. Saves a ton of space also!
Tankless water heaters work entirely on demand. When a hot water faucet is turned on, a sensor detects that hot water is being demanded. This sensor turns on the heating elements and a computer chip selects the correct power output to the elements based on the heat setting selected by the user, the flow rate, and other parameters. The water flows across the heating elements and exits the unit at the desired temperature. The process takes seconds. The tankless water heater will remain on until the hot water faucet is closed. When the flow sensor detects that water has stopped, the power to the unit is turned off. So when hot water is not being demanded, no energy is consumed. The stand-by heating loss is completely eliminated. Furthermore, since a tankless water heater has no refresh rate (it is instantaneous), there is no need to overheat the water to 130 or 140F (or higher) as with a conventional tank. You can select an output temperature that matches your actually needs (usually about 105F). This also saves considerable energy.
Another noteworthy problem with traditional water heaters is their susceptibility to minerals, sediments, and age. The average lifespan of a traditional tank-type water heater in North America is less than 12 years. Unfortunately, most tanks, once they have reached the end of this short service life, are destined for the landfill – hardly an environmentally-friendly or long-term cost-effective solution. Tankless water heaters, on the other land, have far longer service lives. Electric tankless water heaters last much longer.
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