When your home in Jacksonville, IL needs a new water heater, you’ll have to choose from a lot of options. Many people express concern about the sizes of conventional water heaters, which consist of a large tank that requires placement near water and gas lines and electricity. When space is at a premium, tankless water heaters free up your storage space and offer additional installation flexibility.
Comparing Water Heater Footprints
A typical tankless water heater measures 20 inches wide by 28 inches high by 10 inches deep. A small, 50-gallon conventional water heater requires about 49 square inches of floor space and measures about 50 inches tall. A large conventional water heater requires up to 76 inches square inches of floor space and reaches 72 to 80 inches in height.
Installation Options for Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters can mount onto a wall, notes the Department of Energy, so they require no floor space. They only require about 12 inches of clearance around the unit for airflow and access. Their small size allows them to be mounted on a bathroom, closet, utility, or attached garage wall. You can install shelving around and under the tankless unit. As long as you maintain access for repairs, you can stack bins or boxes on the floor under the tankless water heater.
Safe Storage Near Your Tankless Water Heater
With the extra storage space freed by a tankless water heater, you’ll have the option to organize and store a variety of items. Avoid storing anything flammable, combustible, or corrosive near the water heater. Safe materials you can store to the side, below, or above your water heater include metal objects, glassware, ceramic, or clay.
For more information about tankless water heaters, take a look at HRI Plumbing’s professional installation services, or reach out to us today.