Water Heater Sizing

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There are many different ways to heat water. The most common in our neck of the woods is a tank style. On average a tank water heater will last 13 years. Most tank water heaters use electric, gas or oil to heat the water. The majority of residential tanks hold between 30 and 80 gallons of water. A plumbing service professional will be able to help you calculate the correct tank size for your home. This will be based on the number of people living in the home along with the number of appliances and fixtures that need hot water. When using tank style water heaters it is important to choose the smallest tank that will provide you with enough hot water. Otherwise, you will be heating water that will go unused.

How blessed are we? We have access to clean hot water at the turn of a knob. Summers and Zim’s support an orphanage in the Dominican Republic by sending them bottled water. For them, just having clean water is reason for celebration and thankfulness. Hot water? What’s that? I have to continually remind myself that even in spite of the difficulties that come our way; when compared to the Majority World, we have been blessed beyond measure.

In my next post I will discuss the pros and cons of tankless water heaters, which are now the rave. If you need the information before then or have questions, please contact me.

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