If your vacation cabin needs a water heater, consider getting a tankless model. Tankless water heaters are ideal for small homes since they don't take up much room. Here are four things to consider when it comes to a new water heater installation for your cabin.
1. Consider How Often You'll Visit
If you close up your cabin during the cold months, you may need to talk to a plumber about the best water heater to have installed. Water heaters are supposed to stay above freezing, so your heater needs to be installed in a place in your cabin that will stay warm, and you have more options for installation places with a tankless heater. You might want to install a smart system in your cabin too so you can be alerted to a power failure or other problem that could affect the heater and your plumbing.
2. Think About Winterizing Needs And Maintenance
Tank and tankless heaters need to be winterized to keep them safe if they're exposed to freezing temperatures when there is no power. It's much quicker and easier to winterize a tankless model, so that could affect your decision if you'll need to winterize it often during the year.
Another potential problem with being away for extended periods of time is the risk of a tank heater leaking and causing water damage you don't find until weeks later. A tankless heater could be a good choice if you'll be gone for weeks at a time so you don't have to drain the tank heater after each visit. If you spend most of your free time at your cabin, then either type of water heater might work.
3. Calculate How Much Space You Have
One of the biggest advantages of installing a tankless water heater is that it doesn't take up much room. A tankless heater mounts on the wall, and it can fit in a closet so it's out of the way.
When living and storage space are at a premium in a small cabin, you probably don't want a large water tank taking up room when it isn't necessary. If your cabin doesn't have room for a tank, you'd have to go without hot water if a tankless model wasn't an option.
4. Factor In Operational Costs
A tankless heater isn't the last resort option when a tank won't fit your cabin. It is often better than a tank model for several reasons, including a lower operational cost that can save you money over time. If you visit your cabin on weekends, a tank heater has to keep the water in the tank hot all week even though no one is using it. A tankless model only heats water when you turn on a faucet so it doesn't waste electricity keeping stored water hot.
Contact a local HVAC contractor for help with a water heater installation.