Many homeowners can relate to this morning or night routine: the first person who wants a shower has to wait forever to get the hot water flowing. Everyone else has to jump in fast or wait a long time after the previous shower to avoid getting a burst of hot water. What some homeowners may not know is that there’s a simple solution to these shower woes: installing more than one water heater.
The Old Way
It’s common in most homes to have one traditional model water heater. A traditional model has a large tank that fills with water. The water is heated inside the tank and then held at a hot temperature until someone turns on a hot water tap. Then the water has to travel to the point of demand, however far across the house that might be.
Because of the size and installation requirements, there’s not much you can do with a tank water heater if it’s not keeping up with your home’s needs. You might be able to get a bigger tank. However, that doesn’t solve the problem of getting water to the point you need it as quickly as it’s needed.
The New Way
There is another option to the traditional model of water heaters that addresses both the problem of having enough hot water and the problem of getting it somewhere fast.
The tankless water heater eliminates one step in the hot water journey. Instead of storing heated water, it heats water as the water is traveling to the point of demand.
Tankless water heaters are compact. They can be installed in many different locations along the water pipe. This means that you can place more than one tankless heater in your home, locating them near bathrooms, the kitchen, your laundry area, and anywhere else you might need hot water. As an added advantage, heating water as needed saves energy in comparison to heating large amounts of water.
Ready to learn more about keeping your family comfortable with tankless water heaters in your Grand Traverse County home? Contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water heaters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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