Gas Tankless Water Heaters Need Proper Venting
Tankless water heaters have come a long way, capable of suppling your entire home with hot water. However, if you purchase a gas model you need to provide a source of fresh air to your gas unit for combustion and an exhaust route for the carbon monoxide produced.
The Propane Education and Research Council explained that tankless heaters can be vented in several different ways. If your unit is installed indoors, you'll need both an incoming and outgoing source of air. However, these pipes can be combined into a single line in a process known as concentric venting to minimize the impact of construction on your home. Depending on the model, you could get away with a discreet PVC pipe that exits through an inconspicuous wall of your home. If you're a stickler for design, you can even fit decorative caps on the end of vent pipes to preserve your home's look and feel.
If you're planning on adding a supplemental tankless heater onto the same line as an existing tank model you can cut down on your venting work, too. By tapping into the existing vent system for your traditional heater, you can install your tankless units without any extra work.
If you were lucky enough to purchase an outdoor tankless heater, you can skip the venting process. These models come equipped with their own intake and exhaust ports.
Another way to avoid venting: buy an electric tankless water heater.
For more information on tankless water heaters visit the EcoSmart website.
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Jens Bolleyer is Vice President of Marketing and Retail Sales at EcoSmart Green Energy Products Inc. Throughout his career, he has been involved in products and services that are aimed at energy or water efficiency. At GE, Jens focused on the Smart Home initiative, developing home automation products, enabling remote control of lighting, and appliances, including heating and cooling to optimize and minimize energy consumption. In his roles at Kohler Company and Elkay manufacturing, he got involved with the promotion of WaterSense® products for the residential and commercial building and remodeling markets. Now at EcoSmart, Jens helps homeowners find ways to save energy, save water and save space with electric tankless water heating products.