Rheem and Master Plumbers join forces to offer expert advice on how to choose the ideal water heating solutions for your home.
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HEALTH & SAFETY TIPS
Hot water must be stored at 60°C or higher to eliminate the risk of Legionella bacteria, and the current health and safety practice is to have a tempering valve installed on your hot water cylinder or on the outlets of showers, hand basins and baths, which will provide safer hot water temperatures.
When drawing a bath, start by running the cold water. Make sure you stay in the room to supervise when kids are around, and test the bath temperature before putting your children in. A safe bath temperature is 37-38°C.
The Rheem Continuous Flow has a helpful safety feature when drawing a bath. This high-quality gas system has an electronically preset temperature of 55°C, with the facility to connect kitchen and bathroom controllers, allowing the user to dial down the temperature to as low as 38°C – the safe bathing temperature.
It is a legal requirement that plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work be carried out by certified tradespersons. To stay safe and avoid costly mistakes that risk voiding your insurance, enlist the expertise of your local Master Plumber.
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Kitchen islands take centre stage in modern homes, and filtered water taps that provide instant boiling and chilled water are becoming a sought-after everyday luxury.
Rheem On-Tap is a filtered water delivery system that reduces that nasty chlorine after-taste as well as unsightly limescale build up. Offering boiling and chilled water at the touch of a button, it’s ideal for a quick brew in the winter or a chilled glass of water in the summer.
With its flexible two-unit modular installation system, two designs to choose from, and a sink-free option, it is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. The seven-day programmable timer and optional sleep mode setting means energy consumption can be reduced by up to 40 percent. And, with Rheem’s safety button activation, there’s no risk of accidental operation by small children or at-risk inhabitants.
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While there are many sources of energy, from electricity and gas, to renewable energy sources like the sun, there are only two types of water heaters: storage water heaters and gas continuous flow.
Storage water heaters
Commonly seen as upright cylinders, these are generally heated by electricity or gas, and are suitable for mains pressure or low pressure.
Low Pressure Storage - These are common in older homes and are typically run on electricity. Over the years, Rheem has improved the low pressure systems with the latest insulation materials in conjunction with a new vitreous enamel steel cylinder that provides greater pressure.
Mains Pressure Storage - The preferred option in modern homes, these deliver full flow to all taps throughout the house. This option allows for a wider range of modern fittings and the latest appliances, and provides greater resistance to problematic water types.
Heat Pump Water Heater - This is the most advanced and efficient water heating method. Heat pump technology works along the same lines as refrigeration, by using free energy from the surrounding air and transferring it into the water.
Solar - When the sun can't heat enough water to meet your needs, an electric, gas or other booster connected to a solar water heater means you'll always have hot water.
Gas Continuous Flow
An excellent option where space is at a premium, these compact water heaters range in size depending on the amount of hot water they deliver per minute. Instead of storing the water, the water is heated as it passes through the unit, providing an endless hot water supply as and when you need it.
For more information on how to choose the right hot water system for your home, visit rheem.co.nz/selector where you will be guided through a few simple questions to determine the perfect solution for you and your family.
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