Large families face several financial responsibilities ranging from groceries to energy bills. One way that many large families try to lower their energy consumption is with their hot water heater. If you are trying to lower your energy expenses, a tankless hot water heater may be ideal. Tankless hot water heaters offer benefits your large family may want to consider.
Space Saving Benefits
Having a large family means having limited space. This space isn’t only with living space. It is also limiting your storage space as well. A traditional water heater requires a certain amount of space for that water heater tank. This closet or space must have a 12-inch clearance on all sides. An air opening must be in place in this space. Each air opening, such as ducts, must be at least 3 inches in diameter.
A tankless water heater system does not need this amount of space in your home. A tankless water system takes up about the same amount of space as a large suitcase. The tankless heater can be wall mounted. You can also install it in smaller areas, including crawl spaces or on an outside wall panel. This space-saving benefit lets you devote more space to your family and their needs.
Endless Hot Water Benefits
Large families obviously need a lot of hot water. Unfortunately, traditional water heater systems only supply a certain amount of hot water at a time. After you use all of the hot water, you have to wait for the water tank to refill and for that water to heat. This process can take over an hour or more depending on the size of the hot water tank.
A tankless hot water heater, on the other hand, allows you to have water heated on demand. The tankless system also keeps water hot during use. The endless supply of hot water offers the benefit of an easier water use schedule. Now you can shower, do the dishes, and complete other hot water tasks without inconveniencing anyone in the family.
Energy Cost Benefits
A traditional hot water tank system keeps water in the tank hot all the time. It makes sure the water is hot and ready for when you need to use it. The problem with this method is that energy is being continuously used to keep the water warm, which keeps adding to the energy bill.
A tankless hot water system heats on demand. When the hot water turns off, the heater for that water turns off as well, which means you are only consuming the energy to heat the water while you’re using it, reducing your energy costs dramatically. The cost savings leaves money for other needs for your family.
Reduced Water Damage Benefits
With a traditional hot water tank system, a leak can mean gallons of water emptying onto the flooring. Or if the leak is small enough, it may go undetected for a long time. The undetected leak can lead to floor rot as well as mold, mildew, and increased water bill costs.
If you are ready to have a contractor visit your home to determine if a tankless hot water system is ideal for your large family, contact Rakeman Plumbing and Air. We can provide a consultation and help with pricing and installation questions.