There are numerous advantages to using a tankless water heater in your home. The benefits of owning a unit, which is generally compact in size and quite energy efficient, are clear and noteworthy. When purchasing a tankless water heater, you must understand the specifications, benefits, and drawbacks of such a unit. For example, do you choose an outdoor unit or an indoor unit?
An outdoor tankless water heater is installed outside of the home and is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. These conditions include high wind speeds, rainfall, and even snow. Of course, like with any piece of machinery, if you live in a region where temperatures drop below freezing, you must take the proper precautions to prevent freeze damage. For instance, draining the outdoor unit can avoid the system from freezing over.
With proper protection, an outdoor tankless water heater can withstand quite a bit. Such protection typically includes protecting the water pipes and air vents. These vents must be clear to allow proper air flow.
Despite common misconceptions, outdoor tankless water heaters do not suffer from a shorter lifespan when compared to their indoor counterparts. The enclosure is made of aluminum and is designed to be rustproof. All components withstand the rigors of a changing climate, including sunlight, rain, and wind.
Furthermore, an outdoor unit includes a short exhaust, which does not condensate. The unit itself does not require extra tubing and provisions for venting. Proper air flow allows the water heater to remain cool under most conditions, including rigorous, daily use.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to outdoor tankless water heater units, do not hesitate to reach out. You can contact Rick’s Plumbing by calling 203-874-6629. We would be happy to help you in any way possible!