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Why Choose a Navien Tankless Water Heater?

Why Choose a Navien Tankless Water Heater?

Why Choose a Navien Tankless Water Heater?

You don’t normally think about your water heater – not until you run out of water or your water runs cold.

According to Natural Resources Canada, an average Canadian home uses 75 litres of hot water every day for bathing, cleaning, washing clothes and dishes. Water heaters account for 19% of the energy used in the average Canadian household. It is the second largest portion of the energy utility bill after space heating.

More and more environmentally-friendly, internet-connected, budget conscious and convenience conscious homeowners are turning to Navien tankless water heaters.

What is a Tankless Water Heater?

A tankless water heater, also known as an instantaneous or on-demand water heater, provides hot water only when it is needed. A tankless water heater is just one type; the other types of water heaters include storage tanks, heat pumps and solar domestic hot water systems. These different types of water heaters can be powered by either oil, gas, propane or by electricity.

How a Navien Tankless Water Heater Works

The Navien tankless water heater is powered by natural gas and it works in the following manner:

Step 1: When a water tap opens, the Navien tankless water heater detects the flow.

Step 2: The unit’s flow sensor activates to establish the amount of hot water needed.

Step 3: The igniter activates.

Step 4: The gas control valve opens to supply the right amount of gas.

Step 5: The fan and venturi activate to provide the right amount of gas and fuel.

Step 6: The premix burner ignites, providing a flame to heat the water.

Step 7: The tap water begins to pre-heat in the secondary heat exchanger.

Step 8: The pre-heated water moves to the primary heat exchanger from the secondary.

Step 9: The Navien tankless water heater determines outgoing set temperature and adjusts the flame that heats the water.

Step 10: The heated water moves to the buffer tank.

Step 11: The desired hot water amount is then delivered to the faucet.

Top 5 Reasons for Choosing the Navien Tankless Water Heater

Here are the top 5 reasons for choosing this water heater:

  1. Saves Money

When purchasing a water heater, two price tags have to be considered: the purchase price and the operating cost. What good is a cheap, brand new water heater if the long-term operation cost can ruin your family’s regular budget?

“Every energy-using appliance has two price tags” according to Natural Resources of Canada. “We know the first – the purchase price. The second price tag is considered less in the purchasing decision, but is just as real; it is the operating cost of the appliance. The purchase price is like a down payment. You can think of the second price – the cost of operation – as a series of monthly payments that last as long as the appliance operates.”

Based on the annual estimated residential use per the US Department of Energy (DOE) test criteria of $1.09 per therm of natural gas, the annual operating cost of a Navien tankless is $191; the annual operating cost of other tankless water heaters is $228 and $293 for a 50-gallon tank water heater.

Because water is only heated when needed in a tankless heater, the continuous standby losses that are associated with storage water heaters are eliminated. This makes tankless water heaters more energy-efficient than a storage tank water heater.

The Navien tankless water heater also saves you money via its exceptional warranty, greater longevity, credits and rebates. Navien tankless water heaters offer the industry’s strongest warranty – 15 years on the heat exchanger. You’re assured of an extended lifespan of the unit as Navien was the first company to offer dual stainless steel heat exchangers instead of copper – extending the life of the water heater. Once you purchase this water heater, you may qualify for credits and rebates, depending upon your location.

  1. Environment-Friendly

The Navien tankless water heater is eco-friendly. This unit is environmentally-friendly as it only fires up when hot water is needed. This results in utility savings and a lower impact on the environment.

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), compared to conventional storage type heaters, a Navien tankless water heater reduces the carbon dioxide (CO2) output by 1,216.8 lbs. annually. This is comparable to saving 62 gallons of gasoline in your car.

  1. Convenience

With Navien tankless water heaters, you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water; this unit delivers a continuous flow of hot water for as long as you need it. The Navien tankless water heater also eliminates the need to wait for the water in a storage tank to warm up, which is associated with storage type water heaters.

In particular, the Navien NPE-A tankless water heater offers ComfortFlow – a technology that eradicates cold water shock, which is typically associated with other tankless water heaters. This unit can provide an endless supply of hot water on demand as the unit is activated the moment you open the hot water tap.

Every time you turn on your shower, faucet or other water outlet, this water heater will automatically detect the flow and start delivering the desired hot water.

  1. Peace of Mind at Your Fingertips

The Navien tankless water heater provides peace of mind with “NaviLink” – a Wi‑Fi remote control system that allows you to check your Navien heater from anywhere in the world. The NaviLink module can be easily attached to the Navien water heater. Once the NaviLink module is installed, download the NaviLink app onto your smartphone or tablet. You can then control temperatures remotely, access usage data and receive diagnostic notifications.

  1. Other Beneficial Features

In addition to the above-mentioned benefits, the Navien tankless water heater also offers the following beneficial features:

  • Saves space – 80% smaller than traditional tank water heaters
  • Easy to use and integrated control
  • Cascading capabilities without an external control for larger homes
  • 1/2” gas pipe capability up to 24 feet – use existing gas line for easy retrofit
  • Field gas convertibility from NG to LP
  • 2” PVC venting up to 60 feet – use existing chase for easy retrofit
What’s the Best Heating System for Your Home?

What’s the Best Heating System for Your Home?

What’s the Best Heating System for Your Home?

The cold climate in Canada means that heating system accounts for over 60% of the energy used in a typical Canadian household. Choosing the best heating system for your home necessitates that this new heating system has to be able to reduce your household energy expense and at the same time giving you and your family comfort during the cold Canadian days.

According to Natural Resources Canada, heating accounts for 63% of the energy used in the average Canadian home, followed by water heating (19%), appliances (12%), lighting (4%) and space cooling (1%).

Here are the pros and cons of the different types of heating systems:

Furnace

Furnace – a type of heating system that heats air and uses a blower motor and air ducts to distribute warm air throughout the house – is powered by natural gas, propane, heating oil or electricity.

Furnace’s advantage is that it’s inexpensive. Its con is that some blower fans can be loud, especially in older models.

Boiler

Boiler – a type of heating system that heats water to generate steam or hot water for heating that’s then distributed via a series of pipes – is powered by natural gas, propane, heating oil, biodiesel blends or electricity.

Boiler’s advantage is that it’s easy to heat only the rooms that are being used. Its con is that it’s expensive to install and needs a minimum temperature to prevent the pipes from freezing.

Heat Pump

Heat Pump – a type of heating system that gets heat from the surrounding air for heating – is powered by electricity or geothermal energy.

Heat Pump’s advantage is that it can both provide cooling and heating. Its con is that some types can be expensive to install.

Active Solar Heating

Active Solar Heating – a type of heating system that makes use of the sun to heat air or liquid in a solar collector to immediately warm the house or store it for future use – is powered by solar energy.

Active Solar Heating’s advantage is that it can reduce fuel bills. Its con is that it requires a second heating source, which in effect makes the initial purchase more costly.

Electric Heating

Electric Heating – a type of heating system that makes use of electricity and converts it into heat – is powered by electricity.

Electric Heating’s relative advantage is that it’s inexpensive. Its con, however, is that it’s more expensive compared to a heating system that uses combustion.

Wood-Burning Appliance

Falling under this type of heating system are wood or pellet stoves and fireplaces. As the name suggests, this type of heating equipment is powered by wood.

Wood-Burning Appliance is good for ambiance. There’s, however, a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. As such, carbon monoxide detector is necessary.

Fuel Source of the Heating System

As mentioned, different types of heating systems use different sources of fuel. The availability of natural gas, electricity, wood, propane, heating oil, biodiesel blends, geothermal energy and energy solar energy in your locality has to be factored in deciding what heating system to choose. Aside from the availability of any of these fuel sources, the cost of these fuel sources needs to be considered as well in choosing a particular type of home heating.

ENERGY STAR

Another factor to be considered in choosing the best heating system for your home is to look for an ENERGY STAR certified heating equipment.

ENERGY STAR in Canada is a voluntary partnership between the industry that promotes energy efficiency and the Government of Canada. In Canada, the ENERGY STAR name and symbol are promoted and administered by the Natural Resources Canada.

“ENERGY STAR is helping Canadians save money on energy bills, increasing the competitiveness of our commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors, and helping us fight climate change,” Natural Resources Canada said. “Simply by looking for the ENERGY STAR symbol, Canadians can easily identify energy efficient products, new homes, and industrial facilities.”

According to the Natural Resources Canada, ENERGY STAR certified products meet the strict technical specifications for energy performance. The department said ENERGY STAR certified products save energy, save you money and reduce the impact on the environment without compromising performance in any way. A typical ENERGY STAR certified product is in the top 15 to 30 percent of its class for energy performance.

Thermostat

Another important aspect to be considered when buying a heating appliance is to see to it that the heating system can be integrated to a thermostat – a device that automatically controls the temperature of a heating system at a constant level or within a specified range. According to Energy.gov, installing a thermostat can save an estimated 10% a year on heating.

Lennox Furnace

When choosing the best heating appliance, consider the Lennox gas furnace, specifically model EL296E. When this model is paired with a Lennox electric heat pump, you’ll create a dual-fuel heating system. The heat pump will warm your home on milder days and on colder days, the gas furnace will warm your home. Switching back and forth between gas and electricity when necessary is a cost-effective way to warm your home.

Lennox furnace model EL296E is an ENERGY STAR certified heating equipment, saving you energy, saving you money and reducing the impact on the environment without compromising performance in any way.

In addition to its ENERGY STAR rating, Lennox furnace model EL296E has an AFUE of 96%. AFUE, short for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, is a measure of a furnace’s performance and efficiency. It’s similar to the miles-per-gallon rating on your car. The lower your fuel cost, the higher the AFUE rating. This model’s 96% AFUE essentially means it can convert 96% of its fuel into heat. This energy efficiency can save you hundreds of dollars on energy every year.

Lennox furnace’s energy efficiency isn’t limited to colder months. When paired with Lennox air conditioner, you can increase your overall energy efficiency for your heating and cooling system, referred to as SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).

You can also save money by integrating your Nest Thermostat with your Lennox furnace.