Granny Pods and Tankless Water Heaters
“Granny Pods” are gaining in popularity for retired Americans dealing with limited budgets. The average “Granny Pod” is approximately 400 square-feet with the exterior and interior aesthetics resembling a real house. Micro-living with a purpose for older citizens is appealing due to maintaining their independence while staying close to loved ones.
Another motivation is when the “tiny house” owner wants to live in a part of the country with a higher cost of living and maintaining a typical large single-family home and yard is impractical and cost prohibitive.
A major assistance to living in a “Granny Pod” is the option for a tankless water heater. By examining how tankless water heating works and its benefits, you can make your dream of a “Granny Pod” a reality with the help of Estes Services!
How Does Tankless Water Heating Work?
Tankless water heating, on-demand water heating, directly heats water without storing it in a tank. As a hot water tap is turned on, cold water courses through the pipe to the tankless water heater. The cold water is heated with the use of an element powered by gas or electricity. The result is a constant supply of hot water whenever you need it. The power source depends on what is readily available in your home and area.
The average tankless water heater provides hot water ranging from 2-5 gallons per minute. Gas powered water heating produces a higher flow rate compared to electric water heating. A “Granny Pod” typically only has one bathroom, which makes a tankless system a viable and efficient option for heating water, especially when square footage must be used extra wisely.
What Are the Benefits of Tankless Heating?
Using tankless water heating has many benefits for those considering a “Granny Pod” for their retirement years. The most noteworthy advantages of on-demand water heating include:
- Unlimited hot water for as long as it’s operating within its capacity
- Virtually eliminates standby losses by not wasting energy on reheating water after it cools down in pipes or a tank
- Compact in size making the location area for installation more flexible
- Less wasted water when water is heated right when the tap is turned on and
- Increased life expectancy up to 20 years with proper maintenance compared to tank water heating, which operates between 10-15 years.
Consider installing a tankless water heater in your new “Granny Pod” or another micro-living structure. Tankless water heating is also ideal for remote bathrooms, hot tubs and boosting appliances in your home. Contact Estes Services and find out if tankless water heating is right for you!