Installing a new hot water tank can be a major upgrade to your home's plumbing. As part of the process of upgrading the home's water tank system, you should be sure that you are basing your hot water tank decisions around a few key factors.
1. The Amount Available Space for the Water Heater Tank
The amount of space that is available for the hot water tank will be a major factor in guiding your decision regarding this purchase. To be sure that you choose a hot water tank that will be able to fit in these areas, you will want to take exact measurements so that you can compare the dimensions of any potential hot water tanks before you decide on one to purchase. In addition to ensuring that the hot water tank can actually fit in this area, you will want to leave space on the sides where the heat exhaust vents are located. This will ensure the system is able to vent any excess heat before it causes the hot water tank to overheat.
2. Your Home's Hot Water Usage Patterns
There is also a need to consider the hot water usage patterns of your home. While this may involve considering the total amount of hot water that is used in a day, you will also want to be mindful of whether multiple plumbing fixtures are likely to need hot water at the same time. For example, families that can expect to have multiple individuals showering within a short time of each other or even at the same time will need to choose a hot water tank that has a very high capacity so that it will be able to provide enough hot water for these instances. Individuals may assume since they only have one shower that they can safely opt for a relatively low-capacity hot water tank. However, the washing machine and dishwasher can be appliances that will have a high demand for hot water.
3. The Energy Source for the Hot Water Tank System
The type of energy source that the hot water tank uses will be another important factor. For example, an electric hot water tank may take slightly longer to warm the water that is in it, but it will require less maintenance than gas or oil-burning hot water tanks as these systems will have to be cleaned frequently to remove residue. Additionally, combustion hot water tanks will be able to continue providing hot water during periods of power outages, which can be useful for homes that frequently lose their power supply due to storms or fallen trees.
For more information, contact hot water tank installation plumbers.