5 posts / 0 new
Last post
JACK COOK
Hot Water

Just My Wife And I Live In Our House We Have A 40 Gallon Water Heater We Do Not Use Hot Water To Wash Clothes Only For Dishes And Showers Etc. My Question Is Would It Be Cheaper For Us To Use A Smaller Water Heater Lets Say A 25 Gallon Or Should We Keep The 40 Gallon? I Have Hot Air Heat.

A. Spruce
Re: Hot Water

I believe that the larger heaters are more efficient, in that their volume mass retains heat longer than their smaller counterparts. Whether or not you'd recognize any real savings between the two is probably pretty hard to quantify.

JacktheShack
Re: Hot Water

I agree with Spruce.

Could you advise what type of heating system you have?

If you happen to have hot water heat, there are indirect heaters of varying capacities that are very economical.

Please post back.

JACK COOK
Re: Hot Water
JACK COOK wrote:

Just My Wife And I Live In Our House We Have A 40 Gallon Water Heater We Do Not Use Hot Water To Wash Clothes Only For Dishes And Showers Etc. My Question Is Would It Be Cheaper For Us To Use A Smaller Water Heater Lets Say A 25 Gallon Or Should We Keep The 40 Gallon?

JACK COOK FORT PIERCE FLORIDA

canuk
Re: Hot Water
JACK COOK wrote:

Just My Wife And I Live In Our House We Have A 40 Gallon Water Heater We Do Not Use Hot Water To Wash Clothes Only For Dishes And Showers Etc. My Question Is Would It Be Cheaper For Us To Use A Smaller Water Heater Lets Say A 25 Gallon Or Should We Keep The 40 Gallon? I Have Hot Air Heat.

It may very well be that you could reduce the size ...but ... it depends on how much of that hot water you will use for the showers , dishes , etc. and how frequent.
Also is it feasible to remove the 40 gallon tank if it is in good operating condition?
It may be a simple issue of adding an insulating blanket to the existing tank.

The tank less on demand type would be the most feasible since there is zero standing water to maintain heat. The up front cost is high but the operating costs are lower.

Cheers.:)

Sponsored Stories

TV Listings

Find TV listings for This Old House and Ask This Old House in your area.