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Electric vs. Gas Tankless Water Heaters: Which is Better?

Most people roll tankless water heaters into one group, but there are many differences between electric and gas tankless water heaters. It is very common for a home not to have natural gas or LP gas, so if a homeowner is interested in tankless water heating, they tent to automatically assume they can get an electric tankless water heater. That’s often not the case, and in fact, we work with very few electric tankless water heaters.


Electric tankless water heaters take about 120 amps of electricity to run for the whole house, which is a very significant load on an existing electrical system. That would be equivalent to four clothes dryers or electric kitchen ranges. The reality is that there often isn’t enough space in the electrical panel to add an electric tankless water heater capable of providing enough hot water for the entire home. Electricity is the most inefficient way to heat water, so electric tankless water heaters are much less efficient than gas tankless water heaters. Most of the time, people consider tankless water heaters for efficiency, so it wouldn’t make much sense to put in an inefficient unit.


There are also some potential dependability issues with electric tankless water heaters. The elements that heat the water in an electric tankless water heater can burn out very quickly if any air passes through the unit itself. If the water was turned off for maintenance and someone forgot to turn power off to the water heater, it could result in a blown element that needs to be replaced. Another issue is the lifespan of the actual heater. An electric tankless water heater will have roughly about a 6-10 year life, whereas a gas tankless water heater will have double that. Even though it may be a little bit more money up front, the increased lifespan makes it worth the investment.


Most people see an electric tankless water heater online and think it will work for their home. I would encourage everyone to pay attention to the flow rate that the heater can produce. Most of even the larger heaters will only produce about 3 gallons of hot water per minute. That’s only enough for one shower at a given time, and the demand in a typical home will be much greater than what an electric tankless water heater can produce.


On the flipside of the coin, gas tankless water heaters are extremely efficient. In fact, they are one of the most efficient tankless water heaters you can get. They have a long lifespan, they are proven to be dependable, and the flow rates are around 5-7 gallons per minute, depending on the intended water temperature. They can definitely provide a whole home with the amount of hot water it demands.


Before you make the decision to get an electric tankless water heater, contact us online or give us a call at 540-483-9382. You may come to realize that there are superior options available for your home.

Please Help Us Give Scholarships to Children By Supporting Folds of Honor

Folds of Honor is a small nonprofit organization that was started by Major Dan Rooney. They provide scholarships for the children of disabled or fallen service men and women. It’s a great cause to provide an academic foundation to someone whose family member sacrificed life and limb for our country and our freedom.


The foundation came about when Major Rooney watched a fallen military hero come back into the states and get unloaded out of an airplane with a flag draped over the coffin. In the photo that was taken, Major Rooney saw a four-year-old boy standing beside his father’s coffin. He realized that the boy in the picture will never get to play catch or learn life lessons with his dad. Because education is one of many areas of need for these children, he decided to create Folds of Honor.


Wisler Plumbing is proud to partner with Stand to Honor, which is a secondary campaign of Folds of Honor. The Stand to Honor campaign is looking to raise a total of $1 Million by May 1. We’re a small piece of that campaign and our goal is to raise $5,000, which is enough to buy a scholarship for one child. Wisler Plumbing will match the contributions totaling up to $5,000 on May 3. We would love to be successful in reaching the $10,000 mark for Folds of Honor, which would be enough to provide scholarships to two children.


This cause has a very special meaning for us at Wisler Plumbing. There’s a wide history of what the word ‘Dad’ means to us here in the organization. As I’ve listened to the stories of recipients of these scholarships, ‘Dad’ definitely means a lot to them as well. We encourage you to visit our Wisler Plumbing Facebook Page to learn more. That’s where you can see how far we are towards reaching our goal, along with an easy way to contribute. We want to thank you for joining us to support this cause.


If you have any questions, contact us online or give us a call at 540-483-9382.

The Importance of Creating Purpose in Your Life

I think that we can trudge through life sometimes, and we might end up asking why we wasted so much time or wonder how we got to the point we’re at. Purpose is truly what we should be focused on every day of our lives. JFK said, “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” You can go through life and feel like you’ve worked hard, made sacrifices, and stood up for what you believed. But at the end of the day, if you haven’t created a purpose and given your efforts a direction, that hard work really doesn’t have an impact on your overall lifespan.


Why should you create a specific, clear purpose for your life? When we have a view of the big picture, the small things won’t trip us up as often. Sometimes it can be very hard to get back up once you’ve tripped. When we face adversity or difficult circumstances, we can become extremely angry or frustrated if we don’t have a purpose in our lives. We also probably won’t see our passion come out as frequently, and passion is a really cool thing if it’s channeled in the right way. If you are aware of your purpose, you’ll see your passion come to the surface much more frequently.


If we don’t have purpose, we’re going to naturally focus on ourselves. We’ll be about self-gratification, and most of us know that our lives really aren’t just about ourselves. We tend to experience the most joy out of giving, helping others, or living for somebody else. Without purpose, we rarely get the opportunity to do that. Purpose is your why: Why do you do what you do? Why are you where you’re at? Why do you have the roles that you have in your life? Why are you passionate about certain things? Mark Twain said, “The most important day in your life is the day that you were born and the day that you find out why.”


It’s important to understand that when you create your purpose, you aren’t focused on yourself. We need to be consistent in all the roles in our life, and we all have certain things that we care about. For instance, I deeply care about my children, and if you were to harm them, I would become very passionate (and possibly very angry, depending on what was done to them.) If you were to harm my employees, would I feel the same way? Would it invoke the same response? That’s how consistency is very important as we stretch out through our different roles. If we limit our purpose just to ourselves, we would dramatically decrease our own potential.


Being selfish leads to judgment, anger, bitterness, dissatisfaction, low performance, and unhappiness. I’m not talking about having low self-confidence. Humility is not thinking less of ourselves, but thinking about ourselves less. Having a clearly defined purpose sets you on track, so it’s very important to create the purpose in your life. Always ask yourself the question, why am I here? Figuring out your why is very monumental in a lifespan.


If you have any questions, contact us online or give us a call at 540-483-9382.

Wisler explains what RO is and why YOU should care!

RO is a term used in the water filtering industry, and it simply means reverse osmosis. Water first goes through a sediment filter to remove any larger particles. It’s hard to make great water with bad water, so the purpose of this step is to remove sediment or debris. From there, the water is forced through a reverse osmosis membrane, which is really just a plastic product. Anything left in the water will get caught within that membrane. It filters the water down to .002 micron, which is phenomenally small. Just to put that number into perspective, the naked eye can’t see anything smaller than a 20 micron particle.


Some water is also used to wash the contaminants off of the outside of the membrane. After going through the second stage, the clean water goes into a polishing filter, which is typically made of carbon. It helps to refine the smell and taste of the water. Then it goes into the fourth stage, which is an even finer polishing using an inline filter. (It’s very similar to the filter you would find in your refrigerator.) This very fine filtration can remove harmful things like arsenic, lead, or nitrates.


Why should you care? Sometimes people get a kick on thinking that it’s not as healthy if all the minerals are removed from the water. I’ll have to ask a question right back: why do we drink water? I’m not an expert/doctor, but the best that I can tell through my research is that we drink water to flush our systems. We don’t drink water to get minerals—we eat food and we take supplements to get minerals. If we drink water to flush our systems, pure water is going to do the best job.


One of the other benefits of reverse osmosis is great tasting drinks. Why does Starbucks coffee taste so good, and why is it that you can’t seem to recreate it in your home? Normally, it’s because most drink manufacturers and specialty shops (like soda, tea, coffee, etc.) understand that a great tasting drink starts with great water. Reverse osmosis is an ideal product to get you there. If you enjoy, coffee, tea, or even if you have an at-home brewery, you definitely need to pay attention to the quality of the water you’re using.


Reverse osmosis is the most effective way to make sure you’re not consuming harmful materials. If you have any questions about how to improve the quality of your water, contact us online or give us a call at 540-483-9382.

How Water Softeners Can Affect Your Bills

Water s0ftener systems remove calcium from the water (sometimes referenced as ‘hard water’), which does have a direct impact on utility bills, especially if you have a gas or electric water heater. When you heat hard water, the calcium solidifies (becomes solid) and it can settle, build up, and create scale on the element. That’s where the energy factor comes into play.


Battelle Memorial Institute recently made a report while doing research for the Department of Energy. They figured out the effect that hard water has on household energy usage, and they found that one of the most common causes of failure in traditional gas and electric water heaters is lime scale buildup. They also found that over time, scale deposits will act as an insulator to the actual heating element or the tank on a gas heater. The heater has to work much harder to heat the water, and as a result, the energy efficiency and useful life of the water heater is reduced by up to 50%.


According to Battelle Memorial Institute’s findings, ½ millimeter of hard scale increases fuel costs by 9½%. Hard water and poor water quality can also cause premature breakdowns. Aside from affecting the water heater itself, scale buildup can reduce the life of a humidifier that might be part of your heating system. (Humidifiers use a small amount of electric current to heat the water and create steam.) Dishwashers, appliances, and plumbing fixtures can also be affected by scale buildup. These items are very costly to replace or repair.


The return on investment for water softeners is significant. You’ll typically find that the investment in a water softener can be returned within only two to three years. If you have any questions about the benefits of putting in a water softener in your home, contact us online or give us a call at 540-483-9382.