There are many different options to choose from on the market and it is important for consumers to make educated decisions on which brand is best for them. The ability to regulate the amount of energy used by the tankless water heater is the most important distinction between brands within the industry. ECOSMART is on the leading edge of technology as it relates to precisely modulating energy consumption based on specific demand.
Activation and Energy Consumption Control
- Activation and energy consumption control refer to the minimum flow rate at which the unit activates, how it activates, either by flow switch or flow sensor, and how it controls the amount of energy it consumes.
- All ECOSMART electric tankless water heaters activate at .25 gpm and, with the exception of the POU models, operate on FLOW SENSOR technology. The flow sensor modulates the energy consumption to meet the demand for hot water. Flow switch activation, on the other hand, activates the unit by either switching power on or off to the heating elements instead of modulating.
- Other tankless water heaters in the market today operate via a FLOW SWITCH. When hot water is demanded the flow switch is pushed or moved via the water flow and activates the unit. Most flow switches are designed to activate the units at flow rates between ¾ to 1 GPM. This becomes a problem since in areas of low water pressure the units might not activate or in the case of mixing cold water to lower the outlet temperature the hot water flow is reduced and if reduced under the activation flow the unit turns off thereby producing a cold water rush.
- Another common problem with tankless water heaters is the fact that they do not have Smart Technology to self modulate. When hot water is demanded they turn FULL ON and after several seconds start to regulate which causes fluctuation and in other systems they shut down when overheating again causing fluctuation and in some instances flickering of the lights.
- Temperature control refers to how the user sets the desired outlet temperature of the water and the display showing the set temperature.
- All ECOSMART electric tankless water heaters come with a digital display showing the outlet water temperature setting, and with the exception of the POU models all come with digital temperature control with settings available to 1°.
- Most electric tankless water heaters on the market only have an analog dial that adjusts power settings. This requires users to constantly adjust their unit for the proper power setting. With ECOSMART tankless water heaters you can set it and forget it!
Heat Exchangers & Elements
- Heat exchangers and elements are the components the water passes through to heat up. The elements heat the water and the exchangers encase the elements.
- All ECOSMART electric tankless water heaters come with standard Emerson Electric heating elements made of either copper or stainless steel. These elements come with a brass top to prevent electrolysis and easily screw in and out of the top of the exchangers, which are also made of copper and stainless steel depending on the model.
- Most other tankless water heaters on the market use uncommon or coiled heating elements that can only be found with the manufacturer. If an element burns out for any reason then the entire heating module must be removed to service the heater or the heater must be replaced entirely. These elements are often encased in a poly-plastic exchanger which increases heat dissipation and decreases energy efficiency. ECOSMART tankless water heaters have standard, reliable, easily serviceable elements and heat exchangers that provide 99.8% energy efficiency.
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- Overall design considers the simplicity of the unit and how all the components integrate together to promote functionality, durability and serviceability.
- All ECOSMART electric tankless water heaters come with an automatically resettable thermostat as opposed to a manually resettable thermostat. The integration of all components and quick connections are designed to promote simplicity for the installer and the user.
- Most other tankless water heaters on the market have overly complicated designs and uncommon parts that are difficult to service.