Alright, if you arrived at this blog post hoping to find some key information about efficient heating of water and that kind of thing, I'm afraid you'll find yourself disappointed. However you will be in good company, because I'm looking for that information myself.
We have a 50 gallon natural gas water heater, which provides the hot water for our home. Usually it's adequate, but for two things:
1. The master bathroom has a nice big jetted tub. 50 gallons get's it full enough to turn on the jets, but that's about it, and by that point, it's not quite as warm as we would like.
2. In recent months, the flow from the heater itself has been dwindling. I suspect there may be build up of sediment in the pipes leading to and from the unit, since I've seen that before.
So with that in mind, rebate galore offered by the government and an opportunity to perhaps get a more efficient and environmentally friendly heating solution, we headed out on a fact finding missing this morning.
Here's what it comes down to:
1. We could go tankless, but with the heater, new duct work, and insulation, we may well be looking at about $2,500 dollars. There could be a 30% rebate on it, plus $300 from the gas company, but that's still a whole lot of coin to be handing over.
2. We could get a 75 or 100 gallon tank, but they are really expensive and we still have to get it into the basement and find place for it in the space next to the furnace.
3. One associate suggested getting 2 50 gallon tanks and running them in tandem with each other. Actually not a bad idea, and since I could likely do most of it myself, we'd probably end up with it costing us in the $1,200 range.
4. Another suggestion was just to replace the current heater with another 50 gallon one, and then get an inline heater for the jetted tub. Those heaters run about $200 and so our total cost here would be $700. The online reservation I have with this option is whether the heater is designed to heat the water up, or just maintain it at a high temperature.
Needless to say, much thinking, calculating and further research will be done in the coming days.
Stay tuned... We're hoping to see Invictus tomorrow. I will likely love it and cry over it, no matter how good of a movie it is.