31 Aug '12, 7am

Electric Tankless - Guest Cottage #green

We are working on a new project that includes a small guest house and a detached garage w/ office/ bedroom and bathroom above the garage. The main house is going to have a gas fired boiler w/ indirect loop for hot water. But we are considering electric tankless for the guest house and garage bathroom. The thought is both of these spaces will be used very sparingly and why have an electric tank heating water for the weeks that someone isn't there. The main house will be occupied about 50% of the time Mar.-Oct and less in the winter months. But during the "in-season", people might be in the guest house for a week and then gone for 2-3 weeks (occupied even less than the 50% figure of the main house). What seems like the most reasonable option for this scenario? I know the electric tankless units draw a lot of current particularly if a shower is running, but it seems like it m...

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