Have you ever been in the middle of hot shower, only to have the water go ice cold with shampoo still in your hair? If so, you are not alone. One reason for your habitual loss of hot water could be because of the size of your water heater. No need to fear! Choosing the right size water heater for your home doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. Our Savannah Plumbers have a few tips to help you get started!
Bigger is not always better: If you install a tank that’s too small, you’ll run out of hot water before finishing the shower. However, if you get a tank that’s too big you can end up wasting a significant amount of money on heating water that you will never use. This can lead to an increase in your utility bill because of excess energy use. Wasted water is wasted money.
Determine Your Home’s First Hour Rating:Your home’s first hour rating is the measure of how much hot water the heater will deliver during a busy hour. This is the time that everyone in the household is using the shower. A rule of thumb is to allot 12 gallons of hot water per person in the household. You then need to find your home’s maximum occupancy rate. A simple way to do this is to count the number of bedrooms and then add 1. Now you will multiply this amount times the 12-gallon allotment and you end up with your First Hour Rating (FHR). For example: if you had 3 bedrooms, you would add 3 and 1 to get 4. Then you would multiply 4 by 12 and end up with an FHR of 48.
Consider going tankless: A home’s water heater effects both your comfort and lifestyle as well as your monthly utility bill. A gas-fired tankless water heater will help you with both. You may continue to run out of hot water too soon or on the flip side you may be shelling out extra money each month for unused heated water. A gas-fired, tankless water heater addresses both of these problems since the water is only being heated when necessary. This helps in conserving energy while still supplying an adequate and dependable supply of hot water to your household. High Priority plumbing offers hot water heater services when it comes time to repair or replace your water heater.
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Nothing can put a damper on your day quite like a surprise cold morning shower. With these tips, running out of hot water can become a thing of the past! If you are interested in more information on finding the right size water heater for your home, or if you are interested in making the switch to a tankless water heater, contact one of our our Hinesville Plumbers at 912.373.7707.