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03-18-2010, 09:46 PM #11Senior Member
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Anyone have any input on the savings generated by installing the system? I'm looking at this primarily for an investment property to keep utility costs down.
03-18-2010, 09:51 PM #12
J08M3- sorry if this is a stupid question but can a conventional water heater be converted to a solar water heater? Reason why I ask is that the home we are looking at has a farily (1 year old) water heater and it would be easier and hopefully more cost effective to convert instead of buy a solar one.I don't know which is better getting paid or getting laid, all I know is while I'm doing one the others getting away.
03-18-2010, 10:56 PM #13
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03-18-2010, 11:00 PM #15
by the way the Green Modular Build thread I'm running on here https://www.luxury4play.com/construct...lar-build.html has a Takagi TK3 tankless hot water heater. I'll try and get some pics.
03-19-2010, 03:24 AM #16I was just curious how many people made the switch to tankless water heaters, and how satisfied they were with them. Any noticeable savings on utilities?There's currently a $300 credit on them by the gas company here so I thought it might be a good idea to try it out in my home first (not big, 1800sqft).
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03-19-2010, 03:40 AM #17
Tankless is what we use on allllllll of our investment properties for many reasons....
1.) if the house is sitting, then you don't waste energy keeping water warm
2.) Most houses have a jacuzzi and they don't have to wait for warm water, and when they are done, just drain the jacuzzi, so no chemicals to deal with...
If you are close to SC, i am pretty sure we have a few setups at the shop sitting around, construction has been a little slow lately, but its picking up... got 2 new houses this week!!!Current
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03-19-2010, 03:43 AM #18
I've installed both in houses I've built. I <3 Tankless.
03-19-2010, 03:25 PM #19Senior Member
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I have done it one three homes and honestly it depends why you want them. I have mixed feelings about mine.
On a vacation home they are great. Since your not heating the water when your not there but have instant hot when you arrive. I use to just flip the take heaters off but its nice to not have to screw with that.
Unlimited hot water is nice if you have a big jacuzzi or large family and hot water runs out. Or when you just want to use more then you have! Keep in mind the bigger the house if you want ultimate hot water in more then a few spots you need a even bigger unit or more then one.
Bad side is installation and unit cost. Normal 40-50gal around here is 800-1000 installed. You will pay that just for the unit dependent on you need and could pay a lot more. If you retrofitting you will need to redo the vent, could have to use a bigger gas line ect... They are more up front and can be a lot more to retrofit.
Other bad side as great as they are in vacation homes in my primary home the savings is very little to none. Instead of using a smaller BTU burner to heat the water now you have a huge BTU flash heater. So when you take that long shower or fill up that huge tub the meeter is on over drive the entire time the water is on. I saw very little change in my natural gas bill and not near enough to offset the upfront cost of the unit and install in the time I will own the house.
I had two 50gal conventional tanks originally so the space savings would be nice but honestly its in a basement I don't use so the added space isn't noticed for me.
03-19-2010, 03:51 PM #20
I have one at my place in Italy. Works like a charm unless the pliot light goes out. But its old technology in Europe.