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Benefits of Adding an Indirect Water Heater

An indirect system includes a hot water storage tank, filled and ready to supply hot water on demand.

If your home has a tankless water heating system, you may notice when the hot water demand in your home is high that your system cannot keep up. An example of this is if you run a hot bath, but the water ends up being lukewarm or even cold as your system struggles to produce enough hot water fast enough to meet the demand of filling a bathtub. Having someone like come out to check to see if it is even working for you can often help resolve the issue, but what happens if the system is broken? It may be worth investing in a whole new system altogether at that point.

Here’s how a tankless system works: a tankless coil water heater provides hot water on demand without a tank. When a hot water faucet is turned on, water is heated as it flows through a heating coil or heat exchanger installed in a main furnace or boiler. Tankless coil water heaters are most efficient during cold months when the heating system is used regularly but can be an inefficient choice for many homes, especially for those in warmer climates.

A better alternative that will both meet a high demand for hot water and increase efficiency during warmer months is an indirect system, otherwise known as tankless water heaters. An indirect water heater uses the main furnace or boiler to heat a fluid that’s circulated through a heat exchanger in the storage tank. The energy stored by the water tank allows the furnace to turn off and on less often, which saves energy. An indirect water heater, if used with a high-efficiency boiler and well-insulated tank, can be the least expensive means of providing hot water, particularly if the heat source boiler is set to “cold start.” You can look at the options for these on sites like the Water Heater Reviews Site for the best water heater you can get.

Indirect systems can be fired by gas, oil, propane, electric, solar energy, or a combination of any of these. Tankless systems are typically electric, oil, or gas-fired. These water heating systems work with forced air systems and hydronic or radiant floor heating systems.

Here at Restivo’s we offer a few different options for indirect systems, including various sizes and brands to fit every household and budget. Contact us today at 401-351-REST to schedule your free in-home estimate.

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