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Thread: Water Heaters

  1. #1
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    Building a new home in TN. 2 story, approx 4100+ ft under air.

    Plans call for 2 water heaters. If both are in garage will it take too long for hot water upstairs?
    Is it better to place 1 unit upstairs?

    Would tankless upstairs be more efficient?

    Have friend in the area w/ large house, takes 5-7 minutes for hot water upstairs. His tanks are in basement.

    Please advise...

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    Install a recirc pump or an instahot.
    "The value of quality is long rembered after the thrill of low price is forgotten."

  3. #3
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    Originally posted by aws

    Would tankless upstairs be more efficient?

    Please advise...
    I'll answer this part...ABSOLUTELY YES! See Noritz.com for more info. Certain tankless even qualify for a tax credit. You can use recirc systems with timers on the tankless for instant hot water when you use it the most.
    The posts and comments made by me are in no way affiliated with any company or organization. They are simply my personal opinions.

  4. #4
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    Thank you for the advice.

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    The Noritz requires a hefty clearance from the flue in addition to combustion air. A more versatile unit is the Rinnai (www.foreverhotwater.com) - it is direct vent (IE brings in it's own combustion air) and it has zero clearance requirements on the flue. It also qualifies for the tax credit.

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