Boiler vs Water Heater: propane gas vs electric water heater comparison

Everyone needs the most reliable and energy efficient set up with the lowest possible upfront cost when it comes to heating for family needs. If you are not a plumbing professional, it is a good idea to get some advice on boiler vs water heater problem. What is better, propane or hot water heater, tankless or boiler? We’ll help you to make the right choice.


Boiler vs water heater: domestic water heating for showering, bathing and washing

When it comes to heating water for washing, bathing and showering, tank heaters (both electric and gas) are commonly referred to as boilers.

Electric boiler vs water heater (potable water systems)

Electric tankless water heaters are very  compact and efficient devices. They are high power devices, so you do need sufficient power. The main advantage is that tankless heater only makes heated water when you need it. And since it’s compact, you can install it next to the tap and get hot water right away and reduce heat loss in the pipes. There are even models of heaters located directly on the tap.

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EcoSmart Electric Tankless Water Heater

So, electric tankless (also known as point-of-use) WH are small, durable and quick. Their bad is that they need THICK wires with a dedicated breaker. To install the device you need worker with electrical permits and with plumbing permits (2 workers or one expensive certified in both). Tankless units may be very durable, but it depends on the quality of the water. If it’s hard, you have to descale the heater as much as 2x a year.

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A.O. Smith electric 40 gal boiler vs water heater

Electric boilers (tank water heaters) consume the same power to heat 1 gallon of water per 1F degree, but they do it slowly and store heated water. Since hot water is stored in the tank, despite the thermal insulation, some thermal energy is lost to heat the air. And due to its large size, you cannot install a tank near each tap. Therefore, the length of the pipes from the heater to the faucets is longer, hot water does not come immediately and additional losses arise in a pipeline. If your boiler isn’t large enough, and you’re showering for a long time, you need to blend hot and cold water few times to get constant temperature. With a tankless water heater you just set the temperature and have no need to blend it.

The advantages of electric boilers are:

  • If the water in your area is hard, they will last way more than the tankless will
  • Typical electric power of boiler is 1-2kW, therefore no special wiring is required
  • Boiler installation will require at least 3-4 hours less working time and $200-300 less in additional material costs

Boiler vs hot water heater: conclusions

If you have space to install a large electric boiler, this is the cheapest and hassle-free solution. Otherwise, install an on-demand heater, the higher cost will pay off over time due to the higher efficiency.

NG or propane tankless water heater vs boiler

Tankless heaters

On-demand (tankless) natural gas or propane water heaters are pretty convenient and reliable. I really like it for several reasons. Similar to electric, gas tankless water heaters make hot water only when you need it. If it is close to the tap, you get hot water almost instantly only having to wait for it to travel through the plumbing.

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Eccotemp Natural Gas Tankless Water Heater

Gas tankless heaters may be very powerful and work flawlessly for decades. All you need is to flush it annually if your water is hard. For this purpose you can set bypass valves at the outlet and inlet. When you need to flush mineral scale deposits out, you turn off the water in and out, and open bypass valves to flash the heat exchanger with vinegar.

With an on-demand gas heater you have endless hot water. Simpler models don’t modulate the flame and come with a low to high dial so you need to mix the water by the faucets.

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Ridgeyard LPG Heater

The only con is the initial cost. It may be high and depending on the gas service provided, gas tubing may require up-sizing.


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A.O. Smith Gas Water Heater, 40 gal

If the space for placement of a water heater is not a problem and hot water consumption is small, a tank unit may be more economical. They are not dependent on the incoming water temperature, need less maintenance. Usually all you need is to flush out the bottom with a garden hose sometimes.

A boiler heats the water slowly, so it doesn’t have to use a huge flame and doesn’t need big gas pipe. The disadvantages are similar to electric tank units: large size and weight, heat losses, the temperature gradually drops when you use 50% and more of the tank volume, and the hot water volume is limited by the size of the tank.

Tankless water heater vs boiler combo

New combo units have their advantages, and they are efficient, save space and like tankless water heaters can heat water on demand. The only negative is that if it breaks, you have no hot water and radiators are cold too.

So where possible I think you should consider a system with separate devices. For example, am currently dealing with a case with a broken ventor motor on boiler and the customer hasn’t both hot water and heat for two weeks due to poor parts availability. It’s scary to even imagine how unpleasant it would be in the midst of cold weather.

Propane vs electric water heater

For Propane vs electric water heater, it depends largely on relative fuel costs. For example, in Ohio there is no government-subsidized electricity and propane prices vary with time and volumes.

Electric heating is usually more expensive and less desirable unless it comes from the low environmental source as wind or solar. Sometimes consumer don’t consume all the electricity and electric heating can make sense.

Nevertheless, in some areas the electric power is cheap. Considering that the efficiency of electric heaters is very good and heat does not escape through the vents, this might be a good choice. Some electric company even offer a rebate to customers who switch to an electric water heater from a propane unit and it pretty much cover the cost of the water heater. Cost of operation may be about the same when propane prices are high (see also Bradford White vs Rheem Water Heaters Review).


In my opinion, when it comes to gas heaters, the tankless is better than tank. If you are primarily are home beginning and end of day, they help to avoid major standby losses. Gas on-demand units are reliable, long-lasting and inexpensive to maintain. Even if you need need a boiler for space heating, gas tankless heater near the tap is better than combo unit. The distance from where the tank installed usually is too far away from the use points (sinks, etc).

Radiant heating systems – boiler vs water heater

In the context of space heating, a boiler is a device for heating water in closed-loop systems. And some plumbers use domestic water heaters as a boilers.

Water heater advantages

Using a high-quality domestic water heater instead of a boiler helps to save money because it is cheaper. However, there are many other benefits as well.

Boilers are designed to make a lot of hot water for radiators and use large amounts of gas. Heater firebox, chimney and water temperatures are high. On lower temperatures boilers work worse and can even be damaged due to “cold shocking”.

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Rinnai Natural Gas Heater

Water heaters are simpler devices with a less heating power. A condensing water heaters, are around 95% to 98% eff. and it is usually much higher than boilers efficiency.

Although water heaters are cheaper and more efficient,you shouldn’t use cheap water heater as a boiler. The heater should have high efficiency, enough heat power and be made of reliable and long lasting materials. High efficiency water heaters doesn’t heed chimney and work with plastic vents. They are also direct vent devices and draw air from the outside of your home for combustion, and this saves money.

Why boilers are still used for heating?

Boilers are high-power devices for space heating. They are designed to be used for this task. For example, Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters are certified to the Standard for Gas Water Heaters ANSI Z21.10.3/CSA 4.3 that includes heaters for use with applications commonly referred to as open loop systems.

Units for use in closed loop systems are certified to the Standard for Gas-Fired Low Pressure Steam and Hot Water Boilers ANSI Z21.13/CSA 4.9 – space heating only (closed loop) systems (see also Rheem vs AO Smith Water Heaters.

These are two different standards and the requirements for these devices are different. For this reason, Rinnai does not recommend the use of its Tankless Heaters for closed loop heating applications and will not honor warranties for units.

Therefore, the using a boiler is a versatile and reliable solution. The use of water heaters for closed loop radiant heating tasks is possible, but requires an understanding of the physics of the process and engineering calculations.

Bradford White vs Rheem Water Heaters Review

I spend few days reading Bradford White vs Rheem Water Heaters discussions, reviews and comparisons. And in this article you’ll find all necessary information to make a decision that is optimal for you.

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Bradford White vs Rheem Water Heaters comparison

Attention! The water heater in most cases requires installation by specially trained personnel. Specialized local HVAC companies and large retailers offer installation services. Nevertheless, their prices are often simply extortionate. Therefore, my advice is to ask your neighbors for advice and contact local plumbers. Sometimes you can save up to half on the installation and even the price of the heater. The delivery of a water heater on Amazon can also be free. So, let’s begin.


Bradford White vs Rheem Water Heaters

Bradford White water heaters seems to have a good reputation and usually last a long time. I’ve seen BW tank heaters that were about 20 years old. These heaters are rock-solid since need only an annual tank flushing to remove sediment.

All you need is to replace anode according to manual. Heating elements are pretty tough and can work up to 15 years. In my experience,  Bradford White units are what plumbers are putting in their homes. The main disadvantage of BW seems to be that this brand is less well represented in local stores.

Bradford White tech support and warranty are great. You most likely won’t waited for more than a few minutes to talk to a guy from tech support. BW units have six years parts and labor warranty. They also reimburse limited wage if a part or product fails due to manufacture within the first year.

Rheem heaters are easier to find on sale and plumbers are usually more familiar with them. It’s warranty might hinge on “professional installation.

Some people choose Rheem over Bradford White heaters because of the thermostat. Bradford units come with a Honeywell thermostat, and it is  is more efficient but “more electronic”. Rheem heaters use a good old traditional thermostat without electronic parts. For me personally, the problem seems far-fetched and the reliability of both devices is high enough. But this is a matter of preference.

Rheem makes you go through a checklist with the tech. And often you need to wait over and over while they try to find potential problems and tell you to do one thing after another to the heater, and it is probably a 10-15 min process.

But once again, with a high probability you will not have problems with a new device (both Rheem and BW) during the first 5-10 years.

Bradford White vs Rheem Hot Water Tanks: Spare Rods Replacing

Bradford Whites are also more difficult to replace the spare magnesium anode. On most models it is built in to the hot water outlet port and you need to unhook it and then hope you have enough headroom to remove it and put the new rod in. Many people complain about the lack of space. However, this is not really that important when you remove the spent rod. Just unscrew it, and if there is not enough room for extraction, just cut it off and remove it in parts. If you are afraid of difficulties when installing the rod, then purchase segmented rods with integrated hot water discharge ports for BWs.

Rheem water heaters have a separate spare rod port and all you need is to unscrew it from the top and pull it out. If you replace the anode rod every five years, you can get up to 30 years of water heater service. On the other hand, Bradford White posts service manuals, and Rheem doesn’t. There is no manual posted for the Rheem to check the actual parts list.

And “separate” rod doesn’t mean you will really able to remove and replace it easily. For example, neither me nor my plumber was able to unscrew the rod from the 7-year-old Rheem. You must to remove the rod and mount it back when your heater is fresh out of the box. It will help a lot later.


Bradford White and Rheem water heaters are both good. Before to purchasing the unit, you should look at your existing blow off stub (especially for BW), to make sure your new stub will match it up. If you have a 3 inches vent on your old water heater, don’t buy a high recovery with a 4 inches vent.

So, my advice is to go with the better warranty offered. And be sure you register it, some retailers only give full warranty to customer who did the full registration. If the guarantees are the same, then both brands are good enough to choose the one that you just like best. I would trust both brands and don’t overthink it. (Read also our Rheem vs AO Smith water heaters comparison article)

The one extremely important thing is the yearly maintenance. It can and will decide the life of the heater. If you flush and check/replace anode rod accordingly to the quality of your water, the unit can easily get more than twenty years.

Rheem vs AO Smith Water Heaters – Pros, Cons, Comparisons

Hi! There are a lot of questions about water heaters on forums and reviews and I’ve read a lot of those to solve my Rheem vs AO Smith problem when my almost twenty year old heater leaked from the hot water outlet.

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Important! Installation and Labor

Think about installation costs and contractors BEFORE purchasing a heater!

Make sure the price the subcontractor quote is firm. Many of them, especially when working for big box stores charge more for upgrades once they get to your house. I had some experience with Lowes’s contractor.

Both plumbers and stores can charge you with $1000 for the labor part. Some companies install ONLY parts which you bought from them. And they are often much more expensive than Amazon.

Don’t need to agree right away. Ask about local plumbers, HVAC contractors and handyman who could do this job? They tend to do water heaters and are usually much cheaper.

Can you do some parts of the task yourself? For example, purchase and bring home (often free-of-charge) the heater? Usually home owner can turn off the gas and easily drain the water heater yourself. Getting the device and draining it are about 2 -3 hours of “work” that you are paying the contractor for.

Rheem vs AO Smith Natural Gas 50-gallon Water Heaters

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Check the price – Rheem PROG50-40N 50 Gallon Professional Classic Tall Natural Gas Water Heater

I called a HVAC & Plumbing guy to get an in-house estimate and I also made some research Home Depot, Amazon and Lowes to get an estimate. Here are my options.

1) Local Plumber $1875: AO Smith, drip pan, expansion tank, cold water inlet ball valve.

2) HD’s contractor gave me two Rheem options:

  • about $1500 for Rheem PROG50-38N RH60
  • about $ 1600 for Rheem XG50T12HE40U0 12 yr parts &3 yr labor

3) Amazon:

  • A.O. Smith XCR-50 ProMax Plus (10-yr, about $1,021 & free shipping)
  • A.O. Smith GCRL-50 ProMax Short Heater (6-yr, about $900)

Anode rod replacing

The way to replace the sacrificial anode rod can be difficult and require a specialist. So you need to buy the heater that you are confident you are able to do it yourself. Anode in standalone port is easier and cheaper to replace.

AO Smiths rods tend to be harder to replace. Rheem is easier, you can check the video on how to replace the rode.

Sediment flush is very simple on any heater.


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A.O. Smith XCR-50 ProMax Plus 50 gal Gas Water Heater

In my opinion, there is no significant difference between the guarantees of Rheem vs. AO Smith. When you buy a heater from a reputable brand (and they both are), the difference in prices for similar models is mostly due to the extended warranty.

For example, the Rheem heaters are all pretty identical and the price difference is just the warranty. Upper models have a slightly better control valve. Any model will likely work for 15-25 years and then will need replacement.

Of course, you can pay more for the unit with 12 year guarantee. And sometimes (rarely) you even will have additional anode in the unit. But my advice is to save the money and buy the six year product. 12-year one has the same tank, so if you replace the anode rod and flush the sediment regularly it’s going to live a long time.

AO Smith has also great customer support. One phone call from your plumber to the company will get you a brand new device in few days with no charge.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency of a water heaters is measured in UEF. It is Unified Energy Factor, the method of Department of Energy. The higher the UEF, the higher the efficiency.

For example, AO Smith Professional Classic Plus 48-Gallon Water Heater has UEF 0.80 and Rheem ProLine XE 50-Gallon Gas Water Heater – 0.72UEF, so the AO Smith is slightly better. But both heaters are Energy Star certified, which can lead you to tax breaks in the right state.

Conclusions: Rheem vs AO Smith tank water heaters

Both Rheem and AO Smith are good products and you can’t go wrong with either.

The difference is in personal preferences and the need to save money. Personally, I want to change the anodes myself and see no point in a 12-year or even a “lifetime” tank warranty. So I bought 6-year Rheem heater.

If you don’t want to bother with replacing anodes and and monitoring the technical condition of the heater – just call specialist every few years. And buy Smith with a 12-year warranty. They have great customer service and you will be more confident about that.

Read also our Rheem vs Ecosmart heaters comparison.

Rheem vs AO Smith Tankless Gas Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are source of “endless” hot water, but they are more sensitive to water quality. Hard water, lack of maintenance (no descaling, no flush and drain), improper installation/venting etc. could significantly shorten the life of the heater. So every model of every brand needs some maintenance on it.

Rheem gas tankless Water Heater
Rheem Gas Tankless Water Heater

When it comes to capacitive heaters, both manufacturers go head to head, for example Tankless Water Heater Condensing Ultra-Low NOx by Rheem has almost absolutely similar specs with 10.0 GPM Indoor Natural Gas Tankless Water Heater by AO Smith.

The vast majority of the water heater components are universal. So, my answer to the Rheem vs AO Smith Tankless Gas Water Heaters question is to choose what’s cheaper and actually do the necessary maintenance on it.

Check the anode every year and replace it if required. Some handyman recommend to loosen and reinstall the anode after buying and before you turn on the water heater for the first time. It will help you to get the anode out later. Drain the sediment out of the water heater at least once a year once a year. Just do that and your heater should last a lifetime.

Rheem vs AO Smith Electric Water Heaters

AO Smith Electric Water Heater
AO Smith Electric Water Heater

Electric water heaters are much more simple than gas ones. They don’t need gas nozzles, ignition automation and are more safe. Tank models are more durable, require less power (due to water preheating), but they are much larger and limited in the amount of hot water.

The main difference between warranty is in anode rod diameter. For example, a 6-year typically has .75-inch anode and 12-year .90-inch rod. So you can easily convert 6 year tank into 12 year one by changing anode each 1-3 years or installing larger one.

So again, the advice is to buy what you like and don’t spend too much. Check the heater for leaks every six months. Check water pressure and ensure it doesn’t exceed 80 psi. These actions will prolong life of any heater.

But my choice is AO Smith heaters, they arrive with detailed manual, easier maintenance, and troubleshoot steps.

Some Vital Details On Underfloor Heating Cables & Associated Screeds

In line with the U.S. Department of Vitality, more than 50% of power consumed in common American households goes to heating and cooling. In case you’re like me, you are nervous that heating payments are going to upset your price range or you just hate spending more than you need to. If you do not have a programmable thermostat but and plan to remain in your home for the subsequent heating season, getting one is not too late either. You can regulate the heat in individual rooms both by using different kinds of air launch valves, use adjustable valves or cease or permit convection by protecting/uncovering the grids on convection radiators. Take a candle and go across the window to see if any wind is coming in. Good ideas.

Regardless of how good the steam valve, some steam will always slip into the radiator the place it would accumulate and ultimately escape by means of the air launch valve. The plug will stop the air from escaping from the radiator and thus the steam from getting into it. As a result of the temperature is much lower than steam, sizzling water methods will take even longer to react. Fashionable electrical baseboard heating methods are similar to sizzling water radiators in some ways. Nearly all of homes with Heating and Cooling Methods have ducting systems constructed into the construction.

On the other hand, they are excellent at protecting the temperature constant with out an excessive amount of fluctuation and that’s more comfy than the generally wild swings steam and scorching air methods can produce. Gaps between windows/doors and walls are usually the most important sources of air infiltration in a home. These are used to distribute the Sizzling or Chilly air more evenly all through the home, offering a more even temperature all through a house for the residents.

One strategy to make the heating invoice smaller is to set the main system at a low base temperature and area heaters to get comfy within the space you are truly using and solely whenever you’re there. I’ve found that there are such a lot of people that have and use Air Conditioners in their dwelling who really haven’t got a clue the way it works or find out how to make it work for them at a lower value. Depending on the climate of the world the place the house exists, the necessity for Heating versus Cooling varies.

This basic reality is one motive why you can stand in a typical room and really really feel the distinction within the temperature of the Air at or above your head versus that Air at your toes. In more northern or cooler climates with longer or harsh winters, heating is the predominant want. Due to this, it’s more environment friendly to construct a duct system that distributes air at the floor level, just because, then the Heated Air will rise and provide a extra even temperature for the occupants of the room.

Save On Heating Costs

As your Service manufacturing unit authorized supplier, If we don’t provide what you want and wish, we’re not doing our job. Your doorways in addition to your home windows should fit tightly into their frames and have gaskets which are in good condition of their frames to minimize the lack of cooled air to the skin of your own home. You see, one of the vitality consuming components of an Air Conditioner is the inside fan that blows that nice chilly air into your private home. I might study quite a bit from it as my experience with air conditioners is relatively low.

And, letting an air filter get soiled is like slowly choking the whole system down and making it extra in-environment friendly, over time. The filter is there to trap the grime and different small things that are floating around within the air in your house. So, go to your local hardware store and purchase an honest (not necessarily costly and unique one) air filter that you substitute at the very least as soon as a month. A well-written, comprehensive, informative and useful hub about air conditioner.

You Air Conditioner will function when the inside temperature will get above 72F as mentioned,. And because the outside temperature is simply at 78F, then all of those variables talked about that make your house hotter could have much less impact on the inside temperature, and your Air Conditioner will turn on much less typically. Below these, a lot hotter situations, your own home will take up more of the outside warmth in addition to there being hotter air leaking into your house. Obviously, to offset this added heat, your Air Conditioner will flip ON more typically and run longer to eliminate this added heat.

This case will typically discover you with an Air Conditioner that runs repeatedly, simply due to this radical outdoors temperature and the fact that your Air conditioner and house should not designed to effectively hold your own home cool at such extremes. Here is a Reality Rule for many householders after they find that their Air Conditioners are working constantly.

Actually, with the price of electricity at the moment why would anyone keep their home at cooler temperatures when they are away. Their advertisements stat that sometimes, in case you set up one in every of these and program it properly, you can save as a lot as 25%, or more in your Cooling and Heating payments. I’m wondering if the air conditioning system sucks in new air from the outside thus sucks in new oxygen, molecular oxygen.

Air Source Warmth Pumps

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This system will be installed wherever in the house of workplace and it requires very low cost upkeep and servicing. A air supply heat pump can also be very environmental pleasant because it reduces the carbon footprint to an excellent level. Other than this, it could possibly also decrease gasoline payments in case you are using typical electrical heating. If in comparison with grand source heat pumps, then installing air source warmth pump is simpler. An air supply heat pump is categorized into two completely different categorizes including air-to-air and air-to-water. Then again, air-to-water type warmth pumps leave the energy into a water circuit that is used in a moist heating system.

It’s a indisputable fact that air source heat pump helps in delivering extra heat power to a home compared to the electrical power it will get. Is a manufacturer and provider of recent technology environment friendly heating merchandise like Air Supply Heat Pumps, Photo voltaic water heating programs, Photo voltaic Panels and Solar PV in throughout UK. First, it’s essential have a spot for out of doors set up, both to a wall or on the bottom.

An air supply heat pump is best suited for homes which have house constraint for ground collectors, or have a smaller heating requirement. To know whether air supply heat pump is suitable in your home, you need to take into account some key issues. An air supply warmth pump works by extracting warmth from the skin air in the very same method a fridge does. Get a telephone quote or in individual to buy a brand new air conditioner or restore the old one.

HVAC Costs

Yes, after a long winter, spring and summer have finally rolled around, and its time to crank up the AC. Time try those air filters and flip that magical switch from ‘heat’ to ‘cool’. This air conditioner weighs eighty pounds, and measures 20 inches, by sixteen.63 inches, by 33.56 inches. This works because the hole between the two panes of glass in double glazed windows are filled with air. Warmth loss by conduction is thereby decreased resulting from air being a poor conductor of heat. Insulate home windows and doors with climate stripping to keep away from heat and air infiltration. It comes in three profiles of E profile, D profile and P profile that fit totally different door and window frames. Air is much less dense, and thus lighter when it’s heat, than it is when it’s Cold.

Letter Box Covers which can be used on both the inside and out of doors of the door will assist in stopping cold air coming in by means of the gaps of old letter boxes which are susceptible to blowing open and which are missing in inner insulation qualities. You can also get a number of shade variations which swimsuit different door and window frames. Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way to reduce heat loss and reduce your heating payments dramatically.

My grandparents had a doggy draught excluder for years and it worked a treat in maintaining that cold air from gushing in beneath the kitchen door while at the identical time bringing character to the room in a singular method. Most if not all of draught-proofing jobs are capable of be fitted by yourself and typically value between £a hundred and twenty to £290 for materials on your whole home. Extractor followers take out damp air rapidly in rooms the place a lot of moisture is produced (kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms).

At Executive Cooling & Heating, we specialize in air-con restore and upkeep of residential & business air conditioners throughout South Florida. Govt Cooling & Heating Companies affords a number of unique ensures which might be unmatched in the business. It is vital to us that you really feel completely snug choosing us as your AC repair & service firm. From new installations, heat pump replacements, furnaces and central heating methods, Government Cooling and Heating is the company you possibly can belief for heating and cooling installation services. Ducting that serves as a highway for the conditioned air to journey to your rooms.

Our specialists are talented and skilled professionals that install heating systems for both residential and business settings. Having dirty air ducts can cause your energy invoice to be greater month after month in addition to cause heighten allergy symptoms in allergy victims. Air quality studies have shown that the air inside the common house is 5 occasions worse than the air outdoors. The only downside is who will the air conditioning or heating contractor be to fix your malfunctioning HVAC System. Some individuals complain the increase heaters take time to start heating and it ends in a period of lukewarm water.

New Kinds Of Electric Garage Heaters

The people of the olden days didn’t have electric garage heaters to warm them during the blistering cold of winter. Fortunately, now many homes come with insulation to keep the heat in and the warmth out. During the summer season, this same insulation keeps the cold in with the help of evaporative air conditioners or an ac and keeps the warmth out. Unfortunately, most garages aren’t built with insulation. That’s why you also have to acquire heaters when the cold season comes knocking. It would be great if the whole house was insulated but then that would add a significant amount of costs associated with more insulation. Back then, it was simpler, to get warm, people built fireplaces with chimneys and gathered fire wood to keep themselves warm.

Now we have Energy star efficient electric garage heaters that maximizes the efficiency and balances the trade off between power consumption and heat generation. Among the cheaper heating solutions are the halogen heaters. Halogen heaters make use of halogen lamps rather than the gas heated coils. You should know that halogen lamps can consume a lot of electricity that’s why you should look for the energy star designation to ensure that your lamp gives out the most heat with the least amount of electric consumption. One more type of heating solution are the ventless heaters. These heaters make use of the air inside the house rather than getting them from the outside. One drawback to this solution is that it generates certain quantities of carbon monoxide. You should know that carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas. So if you do get a ventless heater, make sure that the room is not closed entirely. This is important so that the carbon monoxide gas comes out.

People didn’t have access to electric garage heaters so they used fireplaces. These fireplaces usually had chimneys in order to let the carbon monoxide and smoke out. The problem with this is that most of the heat is also brought out along with the smoke. The principle contrasts deeply with ventless systems.

If you live in a motorhome, one thing option aside from electric garage heaters that you might want to look into are diesel heaters. Although not recommended because of the reputation of diesel as dirty fuel, it does offer a significant amount of heat when compared to electric and propane heaters. However, current application is more appreciated in industrial settings particularly when heating up airplane engines. Airplane engines require diesel infrared heaters to make sure that they won’t freeze up and accumulate moisture.

To be sure, the best electric garage heaters would surely have the following characteristics: First they consume the least amount of electricity and produce the best amount of heat. Next, they should not emit hazardous emissions that could endanger those inside and those outside the home. Another criteria for a good heater is that it should not generate an inordinate amount of noise. Finding the best heater for your home would be a balance of these characteristics.

Electric Garage Heaters

Swimming Pool Heaters

Every pool needs a pump and a filter, but many pool owners add a heater to complete the system. The heater is installed after so that only clean water reaches it. Some people think of pool heaters as unnecessary luxuries. But in cooler areas of the country, a heater lets you open the pool earlier in the spring and keep it open longer into the fall. In hot regions, a pool heater may allow you to use your pool almost year round.

There are three main types of pool heaters; a gas heater either propane or natural, oil fired heater or a heat pump which uses electricity.

Swimming Pool Gas Heaters
Either natural gas or propane is the most popular fuel used for pool heaters. In the typical heater, water flows through one port, picks up heat from the heat exchanger in the heater, and exits another port on the way back to the pool. Most heaters mix the just heated water with cool water to maintain a preset temperature. Gas appliances have become increasingly more efficient in recent years. With innovations in hydraulics, heat exchanger technology, forced draft combustion systems, and pilot-less ignitions, efficiency has almost doubled in recent years. High efficiency pool heaters are now available that are 89-95% efficient. Heater efficiency is the ratio of usable output to energy input.

Swimming Pool Oil-Fired Gas Heaters
Oil-fired pool heaters are a good choice in areas where natural gas is unavailable but home heating oil is. Laars is the recognized leader in oil-fired pool heaters. The XL-3 is the preferred choice for those applications where an oil-fueled heater is a must.

Swimming Pool Heat Pumps
It is the heat pump in which heat is transferred to that water by taking the warmth out of the air that is created by compressing a gas. Pool and spa water circulates through the unit the same way as the other heaters, but does not pump any more heat than any other design of pool and spa heater. A compressor in the unit exerts pressure on a gas, usually Freon, and generates heat. The water is circulated through a heat exchanger that is warmed by contact with the hot gas. The gas cools from contact with the water and is recompressed and heated to start the cycle all over again. The Freon used in heat pumps is a nonflammable, noncorrosive gas, which makes it suited to this application. Freon does not contain the chlorine component of the Flourocarbon that makes it environmentally hazardous. Though expensive, heat pumps are energy efficient and last a long time. They are not effective spa heaters because they take a long time to heat the water in the spa. Because they rely in part on taking warmth from the air, the hotter the surrounding temperature, the better and quicker they work.

Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater Review

The Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater is designed to not only be an effective alternative to a traditional water heater but is also designed with the understanding that the aesthetics of a home appliance is also important. The Rinnai RUC98iN is one of the most popular models on the tank winning the praise of both customers and plumbing professionals.

What You Should Know About the Rinnai RUC98iN NG Condensing Tankless Water Heater

The Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater offers consumers up to 95% thermal efficiency which also means it also qualifies for Federal Tax Credit. It weighs 71 pounds and can be used with either natural gas or propane.

The Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater allows you to easily get a continuous supply of hot water that can reach temperatures between 98 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The unit also comes with a standard digital controller.

The Rinnai RUC98iN is also considered to be among the most durable and sturdy models on the market which is just one ore reason why it is so popular amongst consumers and professionals alike.

Who Should Consider the Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater

The Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater is perfect for anyone who wants to save on their energy bill and make their home more environmentally friendly. This model is one of the most energy efficient models on the market because it employs condensing technology while many of the competing models do not.

The Rinnai RUC98iN NG is also an excellent option if you are looking for a tankless water heater than is able to meet a variety of plumbing demands. This model offers the capacity to be truly versatile while still remaining efficient.

The Benefits of the Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater

The biggest benefit of the Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater is certainly the unique condensing technology it utilizes to make it more efficient. This model also offers adjustable temperature control to better serve your needs.

The Disadvantages of the Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater

The Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater is a bit more difficult to install than other models so you may need a little help getting the water heater in place.

Important Final Words on the Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater

The Rinnai RUC98iN Condensing Tankless Water Heater is one of the most trusted and popular models of tankless water heater available today. Although this model may be a little more difficult to install than some of its contemporaries it is well worth it when you consider the benefits.