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Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Going Tankless: How To Choose The Right Size On-Demand Water Heater

by Nicholas Jenkins

Tankless water heaters are a great way to improve your home's energy efficiency, because you only heat water as you need it. This eliminates the energy consumption for maintaining the temperature in a hot water tank over time. Before you swap your hot water storage tank for an on-demand hot water system, though, you'll want to make sure that you're getting one with the capacity to meet your household demand. Here's a look at how you can determine how large an on-demand heater you'll need.

Evaluate Your Current Usage

One important consideration is how much draw will be on the system at any given time. This means monitoring your hot water usage for several days so that you can see how many hot water outlets you use at one time. For example, if you frequently run the dishwasher while you're showering and someone else in the house is running hot water in the sink, you'll have to make sure that your tankless water heater has capacity for all three to draw from the system at one time.

Calculate Your Flow Rates  

Once you know what hot water sources you use on a regular basis, it's time to look at the volume of water you need. To do this, you'll have to evaluate the flow rate of all of your hot water outlets.

For example, a standard shower head can draw up to 7 gallons of water per minute. Understanding how much water is flowing from each of these outlets will tell you how much hot water production you'll need from your tankless system on a regular basis. To calculate the average gallons per minute for each hot water outlet, run the water into a container for ten seconds. Then, measure the amount of water you collected. Multiply that amount by six to find out how much you would collect in a minute. If you collected half of a gallon of water in ten seconds, the flow rate for the outlet would be three gallons per minute.

Add up the flow rate per minute of the hot water outlets you often use at any one time so that you know the maximum per-minute flow that you'd draw from the water heater. That tells you how much capacity you need to look for when you're buying your tankless system.

With the tips presented here, you can accurately assess your hot water consumption to ensure that a new tankless hot water heater will be sufficient for your family's needs. Work with First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc. to make sure that it's installed properly and your new hot water heater should meet your demands comfortably.