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It has served your family well for many years, but it has finally given up the ghost – your water heater has failed. Now it’s time to replace it. While you may decide that going with a replacement cylinder of the same size is the best idea, you may also find that it’s time to change sizes. How do you determine the right size for your needs?   Why Change Sizes? First, let’s consider why you might want to change sizes in the first place? Why not just go with an identical replacement cylinder? There are two factors at play here – the available supply of hot water and the cost that you pay for that hot water. The larger the cylinder, the more hot water it will hold. However, the larger the cylinder, the more it will cost to operate.   Determining Your Demand The first thing you need to consider when choosing a replacement hot water cylinder is the amount of demand your household will have at its peak. That is, how much hot water will be needed during your peak hour demand? For many households, this is first thing in the morning when everyone is getting up, getting showers before work or school, making breakfast and the like.   In most cases, you’ll have hot water uses such as the following:   Shaving (.25 litres per minute) Showering (at least 45 litres per shower) Dishwasher (25 litres per use) Hot water clothes washing (30 litres per use) Washing hands (5 litres per minute) Food prep (5 litres per minute)   You’ll need to take those numbers and figure out how many times each is used per hour in your household. This will then allow you to determine the number of gallons used per hour. Based on that, you can choose a water heater of the right size for your needs.   Changes in Demand In some instances, your household’s demand for hot water will change over time. For instance, your children will grow up and go away to school, or get married and start their own families. In other instances, you might have more children later in life. You could go through any number of other life changes that alter the number of people within your home, and your hot water usage will change, too.   The more people in a household, the more hot water you’ll need on hand at any particular time. The converse is true, as well. For instance, if you’re replacing a water heater after you’ve retired from work, and your children have started families of their own, you will need far less hot water on hand, allowing you to choose a smaller cylinder with a lower volume to save money. And of course there are the minimum sizes based on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to consider  Ultimately, the best option is to work with an expert in water cylinder replacement. If your old water heater is beginning to show signs of its age, or it has failed already, we invite you to contact EasyFlow for an estimate on a replacement of the right size and capacity for your needs. Call us at 0161 941 5571.

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Thinking about replacing your aging water heater? If so, now is the perfect time to upgrade to an unvented water cylinder if you still have a vented model. What makes an unvented water heater the better option, though? Here are five reasons to make the switch from vented to unvented water cylinder. 1. Installation Flexibility One of the most important reasons to switch to an unvented water heater is that you get to benefit from increased flexibility when it comes to installation location. Vented water heaters cannot produce pressure on their own, which means they need to be located high up to make use of gravity to power the hot water feed. Unvented systems do not have that problem, so they can be located anywhere that’s convenient for you and can be tied into the water lines. 2. Better Water Pressure As hinted at above, another reason to make the switch to an unvented water cylinder is that you can enjoy better hot water pressure at all the taps. If you’ve been struggling with sluggish hot water pressure and too much cold water pressure, an unvented cylinder can be the answer. Because these systems create pressure within them, they’re able to supply mains pressure hot water at all the taps in your home. 3. Less Hassle Vented hot water heaters might have once been the most common option in the UK, but they’re increasingly falling out of favour, largely due to the increased need for maintenance. That’s additional hassle and cost that you don’t need to worry about with an unvented model. That’s not to say that unvented cylinders never experience problems, they do. However, they create less hassle overall, which is always a good thing. 4. Less Need for Attic Space A vented water heater must be installed in the attic of your home. That takes up space that you might be able to use for some other purpose. It might be storage, or you might be considering converting your attic into living space. Whatever the situation, having a water heater in the way can cause problems. With an unvented water cylinder, you don’t need to worry about that, as the cylinder can be installed on the ground floor if you like. 5. Less Risk of Contamination Finally, you’ll discover that unvented water heaters have a lower risk of contamination. The vent in a vented cylinder allows air to enter the system. That air can be contaminated by bacteria and harmful pathogens. With an unvented system, that is not the case. Of course, you do need to keep the water temperature high enough for safety purposes. As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to consider making the switch to an unvented water cylinder from a vented model. Of course, it’s not quite so simple – you’ll need to work with a professional with unvented certification to install your water heater. We invite you to call EasyFlow at 0161 941 5571.

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