Are you looking for an efficient point of use electric water heater that will supply you with hot water fast and help you cut down your electricity costs? Ecosmart POU 3.5 may be just what you are searching for! Let’s see if our detailed review will give you a better insight.
Energy Savings & Performance
Ecosmart POU 3.5 model is designed to provide hot water for a single sink at a time. It can provide 0.5 gallons of hot water per minute and comes along with a 0.5 GPM aerator. So, it is perfect for your strip bar or your boat where hot water demand will be relatively lower. However, we should mention that you should not expect this performance in climates where the inlet water temperature is below 57oF. If the incoming water temperature is lower, the heating performance of the unit will drop.
Ecosmart POU 3.5 has been designed by using some advanced technologies that will help you save energy and reduce your overall energy costs. It promises to increase your energy savings by 60% when compared to your conventional water heater. But how does it do that? Actually, the unit has a quite simple working principle. First of all, to activate the unit a flow rate of 0.25 GPM is sufficient. Thus, we can say that the required activation flow rate is minimum so you won’t have to worry about it. Once the unit is activated, the flow sensor starts modulating the power used to provide hot water. At a higher flow rate more energy is used whereas at lower flow rates less energy is used. What the unit does is to adjust this flow rate for optimum energy consumption.
As well as its simple working principle, Ecosmart POU 3.5 is simple to operate. It has a digital display for monitoring the status of the unit and a temperature controller which allows you to set the temperature of the outgoing water in increments of 1oF, between 80oF to 140oF.
Design & Installation
Ecosmart POU 3.5 has a very compact design that allows easy handling and quick installation. Its dimensions being 11″ x 6.5″ x 3.5″ and weighing only 3lb, we can say that it has been made to go right under your sink. Since you can install it in such a close range with your appliance, you immediately eliminate long pipes and the wait for the hot water.
Eco POU 3.5 requires a minimum 100 amp electrical panel for installation with a 30 amp single pole breaker connected to a #10 AWG wire. Plumbing connections required are 1/2″ NPT. Once you have all these ready, the rest is quite simple and there is no reason for you not to be able to do the installation by yourself. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions and you will be fine.
Eco POU 3.5 has a one-year warranty on its electronic parts, heat exchanger and the element. However, this one-year warranty does not cover the labor or any incidental damages to the unit but only the heater itself.
Although the warranty coverage time might seem shorter when compared to other electric tankless water heaters on the market, the quality of the unit itself might be an assurance to you. Its heat exchanger is made of stainless steel and the heating element is made of copper and brass. As we have also mentioned in our homepage, we can say that it is quite a sturdy unit.
- High efficiency
- increase in your energy savings up to 60%
- minimum flow rate requirement for activation
- compact and sleek design
- simple operation with digital temperature control
- copper and stainless steel heating parts
- easy installation
- shorter time of warranty
- can be used for one appliance at a time only
Eco POU 3.5 Review Wrap up
Eco POU 3.5 electric tankless water heater is highly recommended both by us and also its users for point of use applications. Its low minimum flow rate requirement makes it very advantageous on your boat or your RV. With Eco POU 3.5, you can enjoy hot water wherever you want, at home, on road or on the sea!