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It’s best to calculate your hot water needs and find a system that meets your desired temperature of hot water based on your required gallons per minute (gpm) flow rate. You can start by estimating the water usage of each fixture or water-using appliance in your home. A reasonable guideline for water consumption is: 2.5 gpm for a shower, 2.5 gpm for a washing machine running a warm water cycle, and 1.0 gpm for a sink. Please keep in mind that clothes washers do not require a minimum temperature for optimum cleaning, thus switching to cold water cycles could help reduce your gpm requirement. Front loading washing machines use less water which means they use less hot water too. Next, determine how many of these items are likely to be used at the same time. Add up all of these factors and you’ll have a good estimate of your business or household’s hot water consumption needs. Another often overlooked factor is your groundwater temperature or the temperature of your municipal water entering your home. If it’s a colder temperature, it will require your tankless water heater to work even harder to heat the water to your desired temperature setting.
Try to find ways to reduce your hot water usage like installing low-flow fixtures and showerheads, fixing leaks, and purchasing energy-efficient appliances. Newer dish washers offer a booster heater that increases the temperature of the water entering the dishwasher to 140 degrees fahrenheit, the recommended temperature for cleaning and sanitizing dishes. This allows you to either set your water temperature lower on your water heater or allocate less gpm towards the dish washer’s hot water usage. To help ensure your appliances, including your tankless hot water heater, are energy efficient, look for the Energy Guide or Energy Star Label. Most Energy Star Labels are prominently featured on each energy-efficient make and model. The plumbing experts and Jerry's Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning can help guide you through the options to use water more efficiently. Call (800) 697-8875 today for a free estimate.