Using Technology to Rethink Water Heater Design

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Water Heater Technology

There is a new water heater in town and it potentially might be the very best thing in new innovation in the water heater market in quite a very long time. It is from the ISI Technology company and definitely makes use of modern technology in its building. Combine smart grid technology and a heck of a tankless design and one gets the HEATWORKS MODEL 1.Water Heater Repair Tacoma WA

The company very swiftly more than surpassed its funding for the project this past February and is taking pre-orders for the system. So, needless to state, we have not gotten our hands on an unit to test it out, however it does look really promising.

According to Greg Tew of the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech, “Water heaters, as most of us know them, have been around for more than 100 years, and rely on antiquated technology to deliver one of the most important amenities in the home. ISI has developed a much needed technological overhaul to the water heater that delivers the benefits homeowners demand. By delivering impressive levels of comfort, savings, reliability and connectivity, the HEATWORKS MODEL 1 brings the water heater into the modern, connected home.”

Here’s How it Works:
Instead of the traditional resistance heating elements, it makes use of modern electronic technology to directly heat water molecules with 2 graphite electrodes and the water’s own resistance. This kind of water heater makes many of the parts of traditional water heaters unneeded; less parts, less means of breakdown and potentially a longer life for the water heater. Like not requiring metal interior parts that will rust and create sediment in the tank holding the water; no anode rods that will end up being used up and put aluminum in the water; and no flow switches that may stop working. Oh, and it is WIFI compatible.

Unlike present tankless water heaters that require at least a specific amount of water flow to cause the heater to heat water streaming from a faucet, this will kick in at flow rates of .1 gallons per minute, which makes it an excellent suitable for low-flow faucets too. Also, another benefit over existing tankless water heaters is the voltage needed to run the unit. Numerous tankless designs need a relatively high voltage, and often times users need to update their existing outlet and/or circuit box to accommodate for the high electrical energy pull. However, the HEATWORKS has an auto-sensing feature so it can fit in with ones existing electric box, and the device can be adjusted with a screwdriver to set it differently.

With independent testing, the business has concluded that the MODEL 1 is up to 40 % more energy efficient than traditional water heaters and approximately ten % more water efficient than the common tankless water heater.

We waited to share this till the end – it is about the size of a football (12.5 inches by 6.5 inches) too, and can be set up anywhere.

One will probably need more than one to heat up the water in the whole home, however that would be a simple adequate fix or retrofit for the units Water Heater Repair Tacoma WA is thinking. Here is a link to a sizing graph ISI Technology has on their site.

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