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I agree with Bryce. Pools are a lot of maintenace, a friend has an inground pool heated and within his home and it is expensive to heat and doesnt get used enough to validate the expense.
April 5, 2014 at 9:45am        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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One thing I don't like about open layouts is you can keep enjoy your house and keep it clean. When you have a mess in one room your whole house looks dirty.

If someone is paying bills, doing homework, or folding laundry; it feels like I am sitting in their mess. I don't like it and I would not want my guest to have to feel that way. I prefer a separate room with a controlled environment so my guest can feel comfortable. And more so, I can feel comfortable while entertaining.
April 4, 2014 at 7:19am     
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Here is the link to the generally negative Consumer Report review

One of the main disadvantages of tankless water heaters is that amount of hot water it can provide depends on the temperature of cold water. So in the north in winter time the output is less than in the summer.
Tankless heaters ratings are very misleading.
Their stated rating applies to temperature rise of 35 degrees. Since the output water temperature is 120 degrees, the "cold" water from ones water supply has to be 85 degrees. I don't know of any place that has ground water at 85 degrees.
In winter, when supply water is at, let's say 40 degrees, the tankless has to heat the temperature 120-40=80 degrees.
The ability of tankless to heat water then drops from 9.5 to 4 gallons a minute
That's hardly enough for two people to take shower, but don't use laundry or dishwasher at the same time.
Here is manual for Rheem. All brands will be similar.

1. Tankless are much more expensive than standard WH
2. Installation is more expensive
3. Requires increased size of gas pipe
4. Requires annual service to remove scale
5. Official energy saving is about $80 a year, payoff, according to Consumer Report, is about 22 years. Longer than the lifespan of the unit.
6. Cannot support high demand shower heads, etc...
November 24, 2013 at 5:57am        Thanked by jonathan3
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Thank you! Love that porch/portico design!
March 23, 2014 at 6:46am     
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