All about instantaneous water heaters
Why instantaneous water heaters?
For hot water supply, decentralized instantaneous water heaters have many advantages, which make them particularly suitable for new construction and replacement in existing buildings compared to expensive central systems, such as gas boilers. We show you how instantaneous water heaters perfectly combine comfort and efficiency.
Some instantaneous water heaters stand out for their particular efficiency, ease of use and high level of comfort and have therefore received awards. On the page award-winning instantaneous water heaters you will find an up-to-date overview of instantaneous water heaters that are suitable for typical applications. There are recommendable models in every price range with different equipment and numerous functions.
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In the following, all relevant aspects of decentralized hot water supply are considered and comprehensive information is provided on the various types of instantaneous water heater.
In recent years, experienced manufacturers (e.g. CLAGE from Lüneburg) have developed and launched modern and innovative devices on the market. With house new building or reorganization energy-efficient flow heaters are ideally suitable for the supply with warm water for hand wash basin, kitchen sink or the complete bath supply, also with several withdrawal places. The main focus is on energy efficiency, ease of use, simple installation and high product quality.
> Why instantaneous water heaters?
> What is an instantaneous water heater?
> Where are instantaneous water heaters used?
> How to find the right instantaneous water heater
> What are the different types of instantaneous water heaters?
> Advantages of instantaneous water heaters
> Differences from other hot water systems
> In which buildings are instantaneous water heaters used?
> Which instantaneous water heater do I need for what?
> Storage tank or instantaneous water heater?
> FAQ / Frequently Asked Questions
> Hot water calculator
What is an instantaneous water heater?
Instantaneous water heaters are permanently installed devices for heating water. They heat the water only when a draw-off fitting is opened. The cold water is heated to the set temperature in the device as it flows through. Instantaneous water heaters can provide hot water indefinitely. In contrast, storage water heaters and boilers only hold a limited amount of hot water in stock, which is a major disadvantage.
There are electrically powered and gas powered instantaneous water heaters, as well as fresh water stations. On this page, electric instantaneous water heaters are the main topic. Other names are instantaneous water heater, geyser or instant water heater.
Where are instantaneous water heaters used?
For which applications are there instantaneous water heaters?
Instantaneous water heater for the hand basin / guest toilet> to the MCX product page
IWH for the kitchen sink> to the CFX-U product page
Instant water heater for the shower> to the DEX Next product page
Instant water heater for the bathroom> to the DSX Touch product page
IWH for special applications
For special applications we also have specialized instantaneous water heaters in our program:
> For tapping points with particularly high hot water requirements (up to over 25 liters per minute), e.g. a rain shower/wellness shower: > to the DSX Touch Twin product page
> For reheating and hygienic drinking water supply in an apartment by means of an apartment transfer station with integrated electric instantaneous water heater: > to the WS-Hybrid product page
What are the different types of instantaneous water heaters?
Small instantaneous water heater
How long do you wash your hands? It is rarely longer than 10 seconds. With such a short duration, it makes sense to get the water at the desired temperature as quickly as possible. This is no problem with the mini instant water heaters with 230V or 400V: they are shapely, space-saving and hardly noticeable under the hand wash basin and in the tea kitchen.
> Overview small instantaneous water heaters
Compact instantaneous water heater
Nomen est omen: these water heaters shine where there is little space, but still need hot water up to 60 degrees. The most popular are these instantaneous water heaters for installation under the kitchen sink. But this very flexible product class can also be used under double sinks, at cleaning sinks in the boiler room or for smaller showers.
> Overview compact instantaneous water heaters
Comfort instantaneous water heater
This type of instantaneous water heater is rightly named because it is all about comfort: plenty of hot water and many convenient functions. Comfort instant water heaters are powerful and can supply a complete bathroom, an entire apartment or, if required, an entire house with pleasantly warm water at the exact temperature.
> Overview comfort instant water heaters
IWH with Smart Control
Anyone who wants to install their instantaneous water heater invisibly in a cabinet or behind a pre-wall will want convenient remote control of the devices. There are various smart options for this via WLAN, Bluetooth, radio remote control or voice control. Several instantaneous water heaters in the house or apartment can also be networked with each other
> Overview of instantaneous water heaters with Smart Control
Advantages of instantaneous water heaters
Immediately up to temperature
According to demand and without waiting times
No mixing of cold water
Saves operating costs
Less energy and water consumption
Energy and circulation losses are eliminated
Short pipe runs
Installed directly at the tapping point
due to short line distances
The share of renewable energies in the electricity mix increases
For all water and energy savers!
You want a hot water supply that is hygienic, accurate to the degree and comfortable? And of course efficient and economical? That is possible! With electric instantaneous water heaters from CLAGE.
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Differences from other hot water systems
Differences to decentralized storage> Comparison: storage tank or instantaneous water heater?
Differences from the central hot water supply> Hot water: centralized or decentralized?
In which buildings are instantaneous water heaters used?
Instantaneous water heaters are used in private, commercial and public buildings worldwide. Building owners, tradesmen, architects, planners and investors rely on our expertise and special service in the field of energy-efficient water heating.
With our wide range of products, we almost always have a suitable and intelligent solution for hot water supply. Our products can be found in renowned hotels, in office buildings, in modern architect's houses and everywhere where you do not want to do without efficient hot water comfort.
CLAGE instantaneous water heaters are innovative, technically high-quality and versatile.
Electric instantaneous water heaters are used in almost all residential properties: in single-family and multi-family houses and, of course, in apartments. Both in existing buildings and in new construction or renovation projects, it makes sense to rely on decentralized hot water technology with modern instantaneous water heaters. Whether at the hand basin, in the kitchen or in the bathroom: instantaneous water heaters provide more energy efficiency and comfort at home.
When buildings with outdated technology are renovated, the question of modern and more energy-efficient heating and hot water technology arises. In new buildings, the heating requirement continues to fall as a result of technical progress. To generate the highest potential savings, the heating and hot water supply should be completely separated. Electric instantaneous water heaters are an energy-efficient and hygienic solution.
Commercial and office buildings
E-mini instantaneous water heaters at hand-washing sinks for employees, customers and visitors make the WC more comfortable. Our energy-efficient devices directly at the tapping point are the optimal solution in large buildings with long pipe runs.
E-flow water heaters are used in hotels, resorts and restaurants. You can even find our Zip water systems on cruise ships.
Here, for example, workplaces and staff showers can be equipped with electric instantaneous water heaters. We also have special devices in our program for special requirements.
Highly frequented WC rooms in public areas should be equipped with efficient instantaneous electric water heaters. Combined with appropriate fittings, optimum hygiene and corresponding savings are achieved.
"Everyone wants to save energy. To do this, we recommend separating heating and hot water. The heating system can thus be designed smaller and become more efficient. Compared to the usual central supply, the use of decentralized instantaneous water heaters can save up to 40 percent energy."
JörgA. Gerdes, Managing Partner CLAGE GmbH
Which instantaneous water heater do I need for what?
Instantaneous water heaters are becoming more and more popular! This is partly because they are very flexible to use. On the other hand, instantaneous water heaters save space and energy and can provide hot water indefinitely.
We have compiled the most common applications for instantaneous water heaters in this table.
|Applications||Small IWH||Compact IWH||Comfort IWH|
|Warm water for washing hands||•|
|Warm water for washing hands and dishes||•|
|Plenty of hot water for showering, bathing, washing hands and washing up||•|
|Warm water from 35°C to 42°C||•|
|Warm water from 20°C to 60°C||•||•|
|Hot water for a single hand basin||•|
|Hot water for several hand basins||•||•|
|Warm water for a full bath (basin, showre, bath tub)||•|
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What do "fully electronic", "controlled" and "hydraulic" mean?
Fully electronically controlled
Fully electronic instantaneous water heaters possess apart from the sensors also still another motor valve, with which the flow rate cannot only be measured, but be regulated additionally still. Thus the equipment can always hold the adjusted temperature under all conditions on the degree exactly constant.
These Top devices can possess in addition also still further attractive equipment features:
> Digital announcement e.g. for temperature, time, flow quantity, energy consumption, energy costs etc..
> Remote control (radio or Bluetooth)
> ECO function for energy-saving operation
> automatic tub filling, wellness or shower programs
> memory keys with individually adjustable desired temperatures
> safety functions, e.g. scald protection and child safety device
Electronically controlled DLE with three sensors
In devices with three sensors, the temperature can be set individually in small steps (1 degree or even 0.5 degrees). They measure the temperature of the incoming cold water, the flow rate and also the temperature of the heated outgoing water.
This means, for example, that there is no need for a thermostatic fitting in the shower: even if water is suddenly tapped at another tapping point, the temperature remains almost the same during showering.
The main advantage here is that the temperature no longer has to be controlled via the mixer or by adding cold water. Thus these devices are more energy-saving and more water-saving.
Electronically controlled DLE with two sensors
With two sensors, the temperature can be selected in factory preset levels. The two sensors measure the temperature of the incoming cold water and the flow rate. The power required to heat the water to the set outlet temperature level is then calculated.
This means that the set outlet temperature can be kept more constant than with hydraulic instantaneous water heaters in the event of pressure fluctuations, inlet temperature changes and voltage fluctuations.
Hydraulically controlled IWH, no sensors
As soon as water is tapped at a faucet, it flows through a water quantity regulator in the instantaneous water heater. This attempts to compensate for the pressure fluctuations in the water line: Pressure fluctuations can occur in the mains network if, for example, a second tap is opened. However, the heating capacity of the hydraulic instantaneous water heater remains constant in the event of a pressure drop, which then causes the water temperature to rise. A flow switch then detects the amount of water flowing through, activating one or more heating coils, which then heat the cold water.
Hydraulic models often heat the water hotter than it is actually needed. Cold water must then be added. With the same usage pattern, these instantaneous water heaters have an approx. 20 percent higher energy consumption.
Storage tank or instantaneous water heater?
When comparing electronic instantaneous water heaters and storage water heaters (or conventional hydraulic instantaneous water heaters), the most important questions are:
> Which system has more advantages?
> Are instantaneous water heaters more efficient than storage tanks?
> Do instantaneous water heaters also consume stand-by energy?
> Why are storage tanks significantly larger than instantaneous water heaters?
> Why can instantaneous water heaters provide hot water indefinitely?
> Do storage tanks offer the same comfort as instantaneous water heaters?
Read our detailed comparison between storage tanks and instantaneous water heaters.
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