If you have a vacation home that you only visit for a few weeks or months out of the year, you may be frustrated that you need to pay for gas or electricity to run your hot water tank when you're not there. You can't turn the tank off, or you run the risk of bacterial growth, and even with it turned to the lowest safe setting, the energy bills keep rolling in.
The good news is that there is a solution to your problem: a tankless hot water heater. This style of hot water heater only heats water on demand. If you're not using any hot water, the heater is not drawing any electricity. So, you won't have high energy bills when you're not even using your vacation home.
In addition to energy savings, tankless hot water heaters offer a few other benefits for vacation home owners.
Space is at a premium in many vacation homes. A standard hot water tank takes up a lot of floor space in the basement -- or perhaps your takes up an entire linen closet. A tankless hot water heater is about the size of a shoebox. It hangs on the wall, out of the way, and you can easily decorate and use the floor space around it.
Endless hot water.
When you're on vacation, sometimes everyone needs to get ready for the day all at once so you can head out and enjoy an activity. This is hard to do when you run out of hot water after just one or two people shower. With a tankless hot water heater, however, you have an endless supply of hot water. The heating element keeps warming water as it runs through the pipe, whether you run the water for five minutes or five hours.
Lower risk of leaks.
If a hot water tank springs a leak when you're not around, you may return to your vacation home to find water and extensive water damage in the basement or room around the water heater. A tankless hot water heater, on the other hand, does not store water -- so there's a much lower risk of plumbing leaks. This is definitely a safer choice in a vacation home that's usually left vacant.
To learn more about tankless hot water heaters, and to get an estimate for having one installed in your vacation home, schedule a consultation with a plumber in your area. These appliances are becoming increasingly common, so most plumbers now offer them.
For more information, you will want to contact a company such as AAA Home Services.