When you have a home that is larger than average, a lot can be different about the operational components, including the hot water heater. Before you visit the water heater sales center, it is helpful if you have a bit of guidance. Here are a few things you may want to know in advance.
1. Do you need a large water heater if you have a larger home?
You may need a large water heater if you have a larger home, but not always. What matters is how much hot water is used throughout the day, which has a lot to do with how many hot water usage points there are and how many people there are in the house. For example, if you live in a large house but only live there with three people, you probably won't have a bunch of people showering, washing their hands, or doing dishes all at the same time. Therefore, a smaller hot water heater will probably be just fine.
2. Are tankless water heaters better for a large home?
Tankless water heaters do make sense in a lot of larger homes, especially if the water-use points are scattered to various points in the house. For example, if you have three bathrooms on one floor, a laundry room and kitchen on the first floor, and another bathroom in the basement, you have multiple points of hot water use. One large tank may work to feed all the hot water needs, but the water will have to be routed in many different directions, which can become problematic. Tankless water heaters can be mounted at multiple points so the various water-use points are fed by individual units.
3. Do you need water pumps installed with water heaters?
A contractor may recommend that you have water pumps installed along with the water heaters in certain parts of the house, and this recommendation is for good reason. If the water has to travel a long way from the heater to an outlet point, the water must be moving through as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you lose a lot of heat by the time it makes it there, which lowers energy efficiency and can just be all-out annoying. Water pumps help push the water along the delivery line faster so the heated water from the water heater (whether on-demand or tank) retains its temperature.
Contact water heater sales companies to learn more.