Santa came early, with a little bit of help from us.
Steve and I have gotten to the point where we really don't need any personal items to buy for each other for Christmas. We kind of run out of ideas after all of these years together. We have each other, what more do we need? LOL
So rather than a gift certificate or another box of stuff or something we don't really need... so we decided that we would pick one item together that we wanted to do for the house as an update or upgrade that we really didn't necessarily need. But it had to be something that we would want... and enjoy. One year we did a set of big fluffy bath towels. Another year some fancy new cookware.
We had discussed for some time about replacing the electric hot water heater that was here when we bought the house. Although it's pretty new, from 2015, it is rather pricey to operate. We know just by putting it on a Wi-Fi timer, we knocked the bill down an extra 20 bucks a month by just having it operate at certain times of the day and not round the clock for 24 hours.
It also takes quite a while for it to recover... such as if Steve takes a shower or we run the dishwasher, it takes quite a bit of time for it to recover to either run a load of laundry or for me to take a bath. So we have to kind of stagger our use and schedule ourselves for what we want to do in the evening as it pertains to hot water usage.
We have decided we wanted to switch over to a natural gas water heater. The only problem is with the chimney closed off, we can not put in a normal one that is vented. We would have to get what's called a power vent model. With the shortened ceiling height in the basement, our choices were limited of what type of power vent models, because they are quite tall and they vent horizontally out the side of a house through the foundation. The only two that we could find the right height and of any quality with the power vent option were rather pricey in the $800 to $1,000 range.
Well, if we were going to do that, we might as well just get the new tankless on demand variety for about the same money. They are also vented out the side wall, but smaller and more compact.
We have been doing some research on the tankless on demand systems. Plus, you're not paying to keep your water hot 24 hours around the clock. It only heats the water just as you're using it at any of the faucets. This made sense to us.
Also, with the recirculating pump feature, with a return line, we can keep hot water up to the faucets where you want it, not wasting any cold water running down the drain, waiting for the warm water to reach the faucet. Especially in our bathroom, which is the furthest from the water heater location. Right now we waste a LOT of running water waiting for the hot to reach the shower, tub or sink.
We had done some research a couple months ago. It kind of put it on the back burner. We had other things to do.
But now that the holidays were coming, we sat down in November and decided that maybe this would be a good Christmas present to each other. It's something we both would enjoy and appreciate.
We did our research and figured which model would be best for us according to our usage and also for the temperature of the cold water coming in. Northern states have cold ground where the piped city water comes into the house. It needs more energy to heat it up to the 120 degrees at the faucet. So we factored in with all the charts and graphs and figured everything out for the correct model of BTUs and flow of gallons per minute. The one we wanted wasn't in stock, so it had to be ordered. We placed our order in early November. They said it would arrive by December 12th.
Of course, our shipping date of December 12th came and went ---- and we got a notice that will be another three and a half weeks due to vendor shipping complications. Well well well, of course who wouldn't be surprised at that? And even then, there is no guarantee that we will get that particular model.
So we went back to Menards today with our ordered paid receipt, we were able to cancel that order and get a full refund. Then we took the next model higher that was already IN stock in the store. It just happened to go on sale today and at an additional $250 off. (we knew that because we saw the ad on Sunday) which brings it down to almost the same price, as the one we had perviously ordered and cancelled. So lucky us! It had more BTUs and a higher GPM flow rate while maintaining the same temp setting with multiple faucets running at the same time.
Steve was soooo happy! We hoisted the box in the Saturn along with all of Steve's extra materials and supplies for installation.
We got it home and he had to right away roll it into the house and get it unboxed so he could look it all over.
It weighs 90 lbs, so we used this little furniture dolly cart to get it into the house.
Later on we will beg one of our sons-in-laws to help carry it down through the bulkhead entrance to the basement, over the secret passageway wall from the new basement to the old basement area and over in to place where he can mount it on the wall and do all of the hookups.
Weeks ago, Steve had me print off the installation booklets from the PDF files on the website, so he knew exactly all the features and details and what he needed to do.
He sure looked like a little boy on Christmas morning, spread out on the floor in front of the Christmas tree with our new Christmas present. Kind of like a little kid setting up his toy train?