Renovating a home to add a master suite is an excellent way for growing families to enjoy more convenience now while also adding to their home's resale value for the future. While any type of renovation project is sure to include challenges, one that includes the addition of a large, comfortable master bathroom can offer some unique problems.
Avoiding long waits for hot water
One of these problems is determining the best way to provide the new bathroom with a plentiful supply of hot water. While it should be possible to pipe hot water from the existing hot water tank to the new addition, the amount of distance involved can mean long waits for hot water to arrive in the shower, tub, and sink of the new bathroom.
Opting to install a second water heater to supply the new bathroom will also help to ensure that both areas of the home will always have a reliable supply of hot water.
Avoiding the problem of a bulky storage tank
Now that you are considering the benefits to be had from installing a water heater that will solely provide hot water for the new addition, it is important to determine a good location for it. Since a full-size water heater will require its own enclosure to conceal the tank, as well as venting (if using a gas model), it may be necessary to carve the needed space from the blueprint of either the bathroom or a nearby closet.
Homeowners who want to avoid the bulk of the large hot water storage tank may want to consider installing a tankless model instead. Because there is no storage tank to store water, tankless models, both electric and those that use natural gas or propane, are very compact appliances that can be effectively wall-mounted and concealed in a much smaller space than a traditional tank-style water heater.
Avoiding many maintenance issues
Another convincing reason to consider the installation of a tankless water heater to supply hot water for your new master bedroom suite is fewer maintenance issues. Tankless water heaters do not have heating elements or anode rods to replace, they do not need to have the tank flushed and drained periodically, and there is no water tank to rupture or rust.
To learn more about the benefits of installing a tankless water heater in your new master bedroom suite, take time to discuss your situation with a reputable HVAC contractor in your area.