Water Heating Trends For New Construction

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Rich Corcoran, Vice President of Sales at Eemax, Inc. discusses what water heating solutions to consider when constructing a new home.

    Rich Corcoran: Hi! I am Rich Corcoran, Vice President of Sales for Eemax Inc. Today we are going to talk about trends in water heating and how they can effect decisions when building a new home.

    Increasingly homeowners are requesting appliances that save energy and water and the government has got involved too. The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act increases the efficiency requirements in tank type water heaters. This requires manufactures to adopt new technologies as well as requires changes in their fundamental design.

    While the new standards the government has mandated will increase the energy efficiency of tank type water heaters; standby heat loss will not eliminated. Standby heat loss is created through the simple storage of hot water when there is no demand for it, when its not being used.

    According to the Department Of Energy, homeowners may save up to 50% in their water heating cost by switching from a traditional tank type water heating to tankless technology this is primarily due to the instantaneous nature of water heating with a tankless feeder eliminating wasteful standby heat loss.

    Traditional water heating places the hot water heating tank in a central mechanical closet or perhaps a basement, quiet some distance from the point of use. We suggest adopting a strategy called distributed generation; distributed generation places multiple, smaller, electric tankless water heaters near the point of use. This has a clear advantage for homeowner, increasing your efficiency of hot water and eliminating the wait for hot water and ultimately water waste.

    Electric tankless water heaters are 99% efficient, 90% smaller than a tank and are designed for a 20 year lifespan.

    Clearly the future of water heating is tankless.