Now, this is what I think is a great idea for nearly all of us – unlimited and continuous hot water on demand! NEVER run out of hot water, no matter how many showers are taken back-to-back. Paloma Tankless is the name you need to know.
But, that’s only one small part of the benefits list. I have checked into the idea of tankless water heaters and I’m happy to report that Paloma is at the head of the class in this technology, way beyond the idea of never again experiencing “the BIG CHILL” when you run out of hot water because you’re the second or third shower in a row, or because the washing machine’s running while you’re in the shower or, well, you get the idea. The temperature NEVER drops as we all have experienced when our current tank-type water heater drains and refills during each use.
You know that big tank of hot water that is your current water heater? Hey, it works, and it probably works just fine. But, think about this. You’re heating that water every second of every day, day after day, week in and week out, year after year. And you are paying for it, too, even though you only may use hot water in the morning before work and after you get home. What about if you are gone on vacation for a week or two, or more? And what if you travel for business so you’re frequently away? Or if you have a vacation home that is not lived-in regularly?
If your natural gas or LP Gas bill is small and if you never experience that “BIG CHILL” you’re probably fine with your traditional tank-type water heater that may last 15 years or so.
On the other hand, if you do run out of hot water, you should investigate to learn if it would be an advantage to go tankless with Paloma. If you are remodeling your bathroom and installing one of those fabulous, deep and large baths, or one of those fantastic new showers with the best high pressure shower head, you may well benefit from Paloma tankless technology. If you have a vacation home, say, in ski country, where large groups of frequent, seasonal guests line up for showers, one after the other, you’ve just got to go with Paloma Tankless. Or, if you just want to have the satisfaction of continuous, on-demand hot water, then Paloma Tankless is the peace of mind and convenience you want.
Are you “getting it” now? I thought so.
I had never thought about this before just like, I suspect, most of you. Now, it just makes so much sense. And to think that a few years ago when our water heater wore out (prematurely, I might add), leaked its 75 gallons of water all over my garage, making a huge mess, I thought about getting an even higher capacity tank, just to accommodate the times when we ran low! What about you? In my house, with two daughters and a wife at home, three showers, a dishwasher and washing machine, it was not uncommon to encounter a shortage of hot water. Plus, have you noticed the rising price of natural gas and propane? Yikes! I wish I had known about Paloma Tankless Water Heaters back then.
Paloma has been making tankless water heaters since the late 1940s! It’s a common item in Japan and more recently also in Europe. Now, we here in the US are going to be able to join the revolution to tankless! In new construction, go with Paloma Tankless. Duh! It’s not just for remodeling.
With a Paloma Tankless Water Heater, the water gets heated ONLY when you access it from the tap, the clothes washer, shower, tub or dishwasher. Otherwise, it just sits there, using not one speck of gas and using only a trickle of electricity to maintain the electronics. As soon as you want hot water – ON DEMAND – the unit springs to life, the burner fires up (inside, of course), nearly instantly heating the water that now courses through copper finned pipes inside the heater box. It’s just that quick. I’ve seen one in action. Very impressive!
The units are quite quiet, too. I had thought it would sound like a blast furnace when it fires up, but, no, it’s pretty quiet, making much less noise than our quiet heating furnace.
Main Remote Control
Paloma Tankless Water Heaters are also very small, the basic unit measuring just 22.25-inches H X 13.75-inches W x 5.125-inches D. Just think about the space you could save, too, with this newer, more efficient technology. Instead of the tried and true tank you’d have a compact, space-saving flat box mounted on the wall, inside or outside, where the old water heater is now. There are now choices you never new existed.
Learn more about the right model for your needs and situation HERE. And now, you’ll find Paloma Tankless Water Heaters at The Home Depot! No matter what your hot water requirements are, there’s a Paloma Tankless Water Heater for the job.
And you’ll save lots of money on your natural gas or propane bill because these tankless water heaters are so energy efficient. Remember that they use NO natural gas or LP Gas when you’re not using hot water. Then, even when they are in use, they are energy efficient so you can expect, conservatively, about a 30% reduction in your gas consumption, and that’s permanent savings, year after year.
While we’re on the subject of savings, there is also up to a $300 Home Energy Improvement federal tax credit! That’s more money saved.
Another great feature is the digital display. You can set those models with this display for exactly the temperature you wish. If you want your hot water to be at 108º, just set it and forget it, digitally. The electronics and that same display are also part of a diagnostic panel that lets you monitor performance and, in the unlikely event there is a problem, the display will probably be able to tell you the nature of the problem, such as a sensor malfunction, but, again, that is extremely rare.
Remote Bath/Shower Controller
Another convenience is the availability of remote digital shower controllers. Yes, you can have a wall-mounted temperature controller and display near your bath or shower. Just set the desired temperature. If you want your bath a bit hotter, like in a spa, set it. If you want a more normal 104º shower, set it and you’ll get enough water at that same temperature for the longest shower ever. Even though your main temp setting on the tank itself might be higher, say, as much as 140º (why it would be that high I would not know, but I’m just speculating), the remote bath controller overrides the main setting so you would not be burned, either, and in no case could the remote bath controller be set higher than 120º.
Now, let’s talk more about safety. First, in areas like mine here in SoCal that are prone to earthquakes, a Paloma Tankless Water Heatedoes not need to be strapped to the wall to keep it from falling. It’s bolted to the wall anyway. There is no tank to ever fall and leak, injure someone or damage property from falling. There is a manual flow cut-off valve that stops everything in the event of an emergency and for maintenance, which is simply periodic flushing the system of debris and other contaminants in the water provided by your city service or well.
Paloma, unique in the industry, has provided extra safety measures from which we all will benefit. Paloma Tankless indoor models have technology that optimizes the burn to prevent the production of deadly carbon monoxide. If needed, it simply shuts down, and the diagnostic display indicates the nature of the problem. In the case of possible carbon monoxide, this is usually caused by a venting problem, which the diagnostic panel can verify, for instance. NO OTHER TANKLESS manufacturer has this special ICAD – for Incomplete Combustion Avoidance Device.
I’m not done yet talking about safety, though. There is also built-in fire protection in the form of an Overheat Limiter Wrap, a plastic film wrapped around the heat exchanger where combustion takes place. This sensor-laden wrap recognizes if there is any deformity and, if so, it shuts the unit down.
And there’s even more safety innovation built inside. Please read more about Paloma Tankless safety innovations HERE.
I also wondered about the useful lifetime of one of these units. According to Paloma, they routinely hear from customers who still love their 15- and 20-year old analog Paloma Tankless Water Heaters.
What about installation? Installation is, in my opinion, best left to professionals. It’s not something I would tackle, but if you are that kind of handy, then it may be just perfect for you and within your own capabilities. The vent on your existing water heater may need to be replaced with a new one specific to the job of venting a tankless water heater. Materials must be Category 3 (or higher) stainless steel. You’ll have to determine if the existing venting is safe and appropriate for your new Paloma Tankless Water Heater.
So, there you have the basics. A water heater system that is smart, safe, energy efficient, space efficient and provides unlimited on-demand hot water for a very long time.
And what about the price? There are currently two basic units for homes, $649 (for indoor installation only) and $999 (indoor or outdoor). These are the prices for the natural gas units. Yes, there are also models at slightly higher prices for those of you who use LP Gas.
You may be thinking about the difference in cost between a traditional water heater and one of these babies. I know I’ve thought about it. Factor in the immediate $300 tax credit mentioned earlier. Now be sure to add any cost for a venting upgrade on an indoor installation (which also includes a garage installation like mine), costing perhaps another nearly $300 in materials, and then the labor, and, well, you can do the math.
However, and this is the big BUT, look at the energy and money savings over the life of the product, plus the immediate and permanent benefit hot water on demand ALL THE TIME, no waiting, and I think this is one of the great bargains for homeowners. And don’t forget the possible benefit (on any indoor installation) of all the space you’ll get back, plus the safety of not having to strap that big, wasteful tank to the wall.
After all considerations, it’s not so different in price over time than for a quality, high capacity ordinary water heater. I’ll go out on a limb to suggest that many of us will actually save money, starting after only a few years once the initial cost is recouped. It’s just no contest, however, for those whose hot usage pattern frequently leaves them needing more hot water than is practical from a tank-type system.
And there’s one last thing I thought about. What happens if there is a power outage (like there was last night at my house)? A traditional gas water heater does not rely upon electricity for the thermostat to operate, so we had hot water through the blackout. These high tech Paloma Tankless models rely upon electricity to operate the digital controls and sensors. No power, no hot water. I have thought of a simple solution for that, as well.
Since there is very little electric current required, the smart and easy thing would be to buy a battery backup system, of the same kind you would use for your computer. All it would take is a $50-$75 unit you will routinely find, even on sale, at your local electronics retailer – Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples, etc. The backup unit can be placed near the power outlet or even mounted on the wall if that’s what you want to do. If the power fails, you’ll probably never know it as far as your hot water is concerned. If you suspect there is going to be a prolonged power outage, then just switch off the battery backup unit and only turn it on to supply power when you want hot water. It’ll work!
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For more information about Paloma Tankless Water Heaters, call them at 866-342-6487, visit them online at http://www.PalomaTankless.com or visit a Home Depot store near you.