Hot Water Heaters

We are using tankless hot water heaters for our house.  We actually have three:  two in the main house and one for the studio.  We aren’t installing hot water in the outdoor bar area (I hear it’s traditional that you don’t have hot water at a bar sink…who knew?!).

Gas tankless hot water heaters are the most efficient to use, heating water only when the appliance senses water flowing through it.  And while the heater gives a huge blast of gas-powered flame to the water as it flows, you’re not paying to keep a 50 gallon tank of water hot 24/7. 

Our house design is very conducive to efficient use of tankless heaters.  The north side of the house accommodates the master bath (downstairs) and the kitchen (upstairs).  The south side of the house accommodates two guest baths and the laundry room.  By installing two heaters – one on the north wall and one on the south wall – we minimize the length of the pipe runs from heater to end-use faucet or appliance.  LEED awards points (in the Energy & Atmosphere category) for keeping the pipe runs under 20 feet for 1 story homes or 20 feet + ceiling height for 2 story homes.  So for our 2 story home, we’re allowed runs of 29 feet.  Our longest run is approximately 20 feet.  The photo above is of the interior/backside view of one of the tankless heaters.  Ours install on the outside of the house…and you’ll note that it backs up into the master wet area that houses our tub and showers.  We’re very close to our hot water source…which will be nice on those rushed or chilly mornings.

We’re reusing one of the hot water heaters from our old house.  We loved it, had absolutely no issues with it and would recommend it to anyone.  It is a Noritz.