When it comes to installing your water heater, the old cliche rings true: location location location. You may not think the exact positioning of your water heater matters all that much, but it absolutely does. An improperly placed heater can reduce the effectiveness of your system. Read on for some quick and easy tips about how to best position your water heater for optimal performance and comfort.
A larger tank has obvious benefits, namely an abundance of hot water on-demand. But with a larger tank comes the issue of making room for it. If you don’t have room for a larger tank, you might consider a smaller option out of necessity.
More Distance, More Waste
While water is heating, a lot of water unavoidably goes to waste, it’s the nature of the beast. The further the heater is away from the point of use (where the hot water comes out of) the more water goes to waste.
Access To Energy Supply
All your most important home appliances require a steady stream of energy and your water heater is no exception. In order to do what it does best, your heater needs to be able to access a power source, be it an electrical outlet, generator, or any such device. It is possible for technicians to supply power to water heaters in just about any location but the process usually entails a great deal of work in and around the home. As such, most water heater professionals will typically tell you to just pick a better, more accessible place to begin with to save yourself the hassle.
Best Places To Put a Water Heater
So all of this considered, where is the best place to install your water heater? For tank-based systems, your best bet is usually going to be the basement. For tankless systems, there are a few ideal places to consider when placing your new heater:
- Under Sinks
- Under Stairs
- Mounted on walls
Tankless heaters offer a wide range of options as far as installation location, as newer models come complete with sleek, subtle designs that don’t look out of place anywhere in the home. And energy source is an important consideration.
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