Small continuous flow hot water systems such as the range from Rinnai, are the perfect, cost-effective solution for one bedroom (16 model) one bathroom homes all the way through to 6 bedroom 3 bathroom homes with high water usage (26 model). Their compact size and super fast heating action make it the ideal choice for limited spaces.
What is Continuous Flow Hot Water systems?
Also known as “tankless” hot water systems, continuous flow systems essentially heat the water as it flows through the piping system rather than taking copious amounts of time to heat up a large water tank. This type of hot water is also referred to as “instant” or “on demand” hot water.
There is no storing of hot water with a continuous flow system. As soon as you turn the hot water tap on and water flows through it, the heating mode is activated instantaneously, delivering a steady stream of hot water. A flow sensor triggers the heating mechanism, heating the copper pipes that the cold water passes through.
With a gas system like the Rinnai range, a burner is triggered as soon as the sensor detects water flow. Gas continuous flow hot water systems are the most efficient domestic hot water systems available.
Because of their compact size, these systems are wall-mounted in the bathroom, or even under the kitchen sink. The system only heats when the hot water tap is on. This means there is absolutely no wasted energy by heating stored water that is not being used.
On the downside, despite their energy efficiency, continuous flow systems do tend to waste a little more water than a tank system, as it can take a little while after the hot water tap is turned on for the water temperature to reach its default maximum.
Dimensions and Capacity
Regardless of the flow rate capacity, the three different sizes in the Rinnai range all have the exact same dimensions, but come in three different capacities:
- 16 Litre
- 20 Litre
- 26 Litre
The 26-liter model is suitable for bigger homes that have two or three bathrooms.
The dimensions are:
- Height – 530mm
- Width – 350mm
- Depth – 194mm
So as you can see, these systems are not only economical and kind to the environment, they are very compact in size and take up a minimal amount of space.
Key Features At a Glance
Rinnai continuous flow hot water systems are made to the highest quality control standards in Japan and come with an impressive 12-year warranty on the heat exchanger. They are all compatible with low flow rate shower fixtures for the ultimate in water saving, as well as being suitable for higher ambient water temperatures.
Each system comes with a precision temperature control so you can get the water temperature spot on for your needs as well as being extremely safe. Other key features include:
- > Low running costs
- > Low greenhouse gas emissions
- > Installation flexibility with space saving design
- > Colour Range – White
- > Maximum Water Pressure – 1000kPa
- > Default Temperatures – 50 or 60 degrees Celsius
- > Weight – 15kg to 18kg depending on the model
- > Energy Star Rating – 6.2*
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