If you have a house full of teenagers, one problem you likely face is a shortage of hot water. With all the laundry, showering, and grooming, by the time you're ready for a hot, relaxing shower, the hot water is all gone. If that sounds familiar, the solution could be to install a tankless water heater. Here's why it works great for large households.
It Can Supplement Your Current Heater
You don't even have to remove your old water heater if you don't want. You can leave it in place to handle laundry and kitchen needs. You may like this idea if the heater is powered by gas and is inexpensive to operate. You can then install a tankless heater on the bathroom that gets the most use, for instance the one that all the kids share. This allows you to buy a smaller heater so your investment is smaller. You can install it in a closet in the bathroom since it doesn't take up much space at all.
It Can Replace Your Old Water Heater
On the other hand, if your water heater is old and at the end of its lifespan, then you can buy a large tankless heater to heat water for your entire home. Your contractor can help you calculate the size you need based on the number of bathrooms you have and how much water you use on a daily basis doing laundry and other chores. Buying the right size is important because the temperature of the water is based on flow rate. The water is heated as it passes through hot coils. The water can only flow through so fast.
A tankless heater is ideal for homes where everyone shares a bathroom and takes showers one after the other. In that case, you would always have hot water on demand. If everyone has their own bathroom and takes showers at the same time, the water may not heat as well if you don't have a unit large enough to handle the high flow rate.
You'll Always Have Hot Water When You Need It
A tankless heater is ideal for active families. With kids coming from sports games and going to activities, you'll always have loads of laundry to do. Plus teens can be obsessive over their grooming, and they tend to take long showers. You'll also have a lot of dishes to wash when you have several teens in the house. As your kids grow into their teen years, your need for hot water skyrockets. Your old water heater may not be able to keep up with the demand and that means someone will have to take a shower in cool water. When you have a tankless water heater, this problem is totally eliminated because you will always have hot water on demand.
Since there is no reservoir to keep heated, a tankless heater is energy efficient. It could be one of the best upgrades you get for your home, and it ensures you'll always have hot water for a relaxing bath when you need to escape from your hectic lifestyle.
Talk to HVAC companies like Smedley & Associates near you to learn more about the benefits of tankless water heaters.