Hot water heater in mechanical room
During a gut renovation job in Kittery Point Maine, I’m moving the difficult to service components in the crawl space moved to a mechanical room we’ve built behind the garage. A well and pump firm will run a new water line from the well to the crawl space (below the foundation as before), then thru the crawl space to the mechanical room where they will hook up a constant pressure system. This was recommended by the firm and seemed reasonable.
The plumber then comes in to Pex the whole house, and will hook the water filtration system and hot water heater in the mechanical room, with a hot water loop back to the house because of the longer runs. This was recommended by the plumber,, and seemed reasonable.
I prefer a copper pipe install rather than Pex, but it has taken months just to get one plumber interested and with continued communications (I live out of state), and he is not interested in copper because “he doesn’t have time that copper installs take”, since he works alone. He recommended that I reach out to a larger firm if I insist on copper, but I have other deadlines approaching and have been assured that Pex for installs is pretty common now.
I’ll need to find the best approach to keep the mechanical room above freezing, but with an approaching install date, my “hot” item to work on now is to get more facts and take a decision on the water heater. For our needs, the plumber recommended a 60gal hybrid to also take advantage of an Efficiency Maine $750 rebate, which I do not believe I can since I do not yet live in Maine.
We don’t have any appliances purchased yet, so am weighing operating costs of electric vs indoor pollution concerns and cost if we have propane for kitchen oven, stove and the clothes dryer. I have not looked at these at all yet, and again, the hot water heater is the next decision. Just throwing this out there.
I’m going to have a large propane tank to supply gas for an outdoor Weber grill and a pizza oven hookup, and probably a whole house generator, plus possibly for the other appliances mentioned above.
For the hot water heater, would appreciate your thoughts on hybrid or not, propane or electric per my described situation. Thank you!
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