Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Point-of-Use Electric Water Heating Options has three completely different options for home owners who are looking to get quick hot water to a distant location in their home using electricity: an electric tankless point-of-use water heater, an electric mini-tank water heater, or an electric recirculating pump.

Option 1 -- An Electric Tankless Point-of-Use Water Heater

Bosch offers 4 different electric tankless point-of-use water heaters: the PowerStar AE3.4, AE7.2, AE9.5 and AE12 models. Each of these four models indicates their respective kW in their name. Thus, the AE12 is a 12kW heater. The more kW, the more heating capability of the electric tankless point-of-use water heater. The more kW, the more amperage draw as well. On the high end, the AE12 draws 50APMS and can run 2 sinks simultaneously. See our blog entry on the discussion of these four PowerStar electric tankless point-of-use water heaters.

Option 2 -- An Electric Mini-Tank Water Heater

Bosch offers three Ariston glass lined mini-tank water heaters at varying capacities: the Ariston GL2.5, GL 4 and GL6+. The Ariston electric mini-tank heaters keep hot water ready to use at the point-of-use. They act just like traditional large water tanks, except that they are very small and therefore use much less electricity. See our blog entry on the discussion of these three Ariston mini-tank water heaters.

Option 3 - Recirculating Pumps

GlobalTowne offers two different kinds of recirculating pumps: Armstrong recirculating pumps and the Chilipepper CP6000. The Armstrong recirculating pump has a timer that allows you to set the hours of operation and a thermostat that allows you to keep the water at that temperature in the water line. This pump works best with a recirculating plumbing system in your home.

The Chilipepper CP6000 does not require a special recirculating plumbing system in your home and therefore can easily be added to any home. The Chilipepper is installed under your remote sink and plugs directly into a 110V line. When you want hot wter, just press the button on the Chilipepper and it draws hot water from your hot water line and -- get this -- pushes the water backward through your cold water line. So, no water is wasted! It automatically turns itself off when you get the desired temperature at the Chillipepper. And, the Chillipepper CP6000 works great with all tankless water heaters!

Three completely different ways to get instant hot water to your remote point-of-use using electricity!


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