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Old 01-19-2012, 10:56 PM   #16
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How do you figure the size of water heater your house needs? I have 6 kids and a husband. Apparently, the really big showerheads we have allow a lot of water to flow out. (I really like them, but maybe they should be replaced with smaller ones?) Currently, my children are ages 2 through 12. I hear stories about teenagers using lots of water. In not so many years, I'm going to have 4 teenagers all at once! (That's scary to think about.) Will a 50 gallon tank be sufficient or should we go with a really big tank?

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How do you figure the size of water heater your house needs? I have 6 kids and a husband. Apparently, the really big showerheads we have allow a lot of water to flow out. (I really like them, but maybe they should be replaced with smaller ones?) Currently, my children are ages 2 through 12. I hear stories about teenagers using lots of water. In not so many years, I'm going to have 4 teenagers all at once! (That's scary to think about.) Will a 50 gallon tank be sufficient or should we go with a really big tank?
I would strongly suggest you install water-saving shower heads. Take it from me... You can go back to the luxurious shower heads when your kids are grown and gone.

What's the biggest water heater you can get, without moving into commercial (aka, really expensive) lines? That's the one I'd go with if I were you. You've got a lot of people to provide hot water for.
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I would strongly suggest you install water-saving shower heads. Take it from me...
Agreed. And when you do... look for this one (it's the best):
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Ditto on getting low flow heads. I have the shower heads that are handhelds too. It is 2gpm. No complaints. I tried a 1.5gpm head and it worked ok but the hose kept breaking. If you get a shower head like the image above, they might come in 1gpm versions but I am not sure. Those versions do come where you can flip the switch and stop the water.

As a first step, I would suggest searching around online for sizing info. Here is one site:

http://www.energysavers.gov/your_hom.../mytopic=12990

or maybe this one

http://www.pmengineer.com/Articles/F...-Water-Heaters

If you do a search on "sizing a water heater" you are bound to get contradictory information. I would stick with the ones that show some math. You do not have an easy question to answer even though it seems obvious that you have a lot of people, you need a lot of hot water, and therefore you should need a big tank. Also check the manufacturers websites as they may have some good information. They probably have free tech support too.


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