If you’re looking to replace your water heater, it’s important to ensure you get the right size for your house and family. Depending on your family’s size and shower habits, you could easily end up with a surprise cold shower if you don’t choose the right size water heater. Of course, if you hate cold showers, you could just buy the biggest size possible, but that comes with a pretty high price tag and may not be necessary. So what size is right for you? Before you decide, consider these points from your friends at Drain Genie Plumbing Services.
How Big Is Your Household?
Generally, the more people in your home, the more water you will use. Typically, you can plan on about 12 gallons of water for each person, so for a family of four to five people, you’ll need a tank that holds about 50 to 60 gallons. However, family size isn’t the only thing to consider.
If you have a large family, you may now be thinking that you need the biggest water heater available. However, your water usage habits might allow you to use a smaller one. For example, if you have multiple bathrooms and everyone is showering and getting ready around the same time each morning, you’ll be using quite a bit of hot water within a short period of time. But, if you can encourage half the family to shower at night or do laundry in the middle of the day, you can cut down quite a bit on the frequency of hot water usage. It all depends on your personal habits.
Your Current Tank
Finally, before you purchase a new water heater, consider how well your current tank is serving your family. If it is undersized, you’ll know because you will regularly run out of hot water. On the other hand, if your water heater is too big for your home, you will never run out of hot water. However, you may be wasting energy by heating water that you aren’t using.
Still need help determining the size of your new water heater? No problem! Let the licensed professionals at Drain Genie handle your water heater installation. Our expert plumbers will recommend the perfect size water heater for your home. Contact us in Orlando today at (407) 490-1230.