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Tank or Tankless: Which Water Heater Is Right For You?

The idea of being without reliable warm water in your home isn’t a fun one. Thankfully, it isn’t something that anyone in our area should ever really have to face. There may be a brief period when an old water heater fails and leaves you without warm water for a couple of days but this is resolved with a new water heater installation in Springfield, VA.

If you are in a situation in which you are getting a new water heater installed in your home, you’ll want to make sure the job is done right. Hiring the right team for the job is a vital aspect of this. Schedule your appointment with McDaniel Service, Inc. to rest assured that you are in good hands. But that is only half of the equation. You need to make sure that you have the right water in your house to serve your needs.

Here is what you need to know about choosing a tank or tankless water heater for your next home system.

The Tank or Storage Tank Water Heater

Storage tank water heaters have long been the standard for nearly every home. As the name suggests, this system includes a large storage tank that holds multiple gallons of water. This water is kept warm at all times and always ready for use.

Storage tank systems are great for larger households and larger hot water demands. Modern tank systems are also far more energy-efficient than they used to be. The downside to these systems is that they can struggle with standby heat loss. Tank water heaters can also run out of hot water if the demand is too high at one time, leaving you waiting for it to make more.

The Tankless or On-Demand Water Heater

A tankless or on-demand water heater, rather than keeping a specific supply of hot water at the ready, creates hot water only when it is needed. This means that when you turn on a hot water tap for a sink or shower, your tankless water heater kicks into gear.

Tankless water heaters are known for being both reliable and highly efficient especially because they only use energy and water when it is needed. In addition to this, because they don’t have a tank, tankless systems take up far less square footage in your home and can even be wall-mounted.

The biggest downside to these systems is that if demand is too high in the home at once (ie. three people taking showers at once) it can lead the system to become overloaded and render it unable to provide the needed hot water.

Choosing Your Next Water Heater

Both tank and tankless water heaters can be a good match for different people. Ultimately the system you choose should match your needs best. You can work with an expert technician to select the right system for your home. A pro will ensure you consider all the important factors such as:

  • How many gallons on average you may need a day.
  • The number of floors in the house.
  • Your fuel options.
  • How many people are in your home.

Work with the pros at McDaniel Service, Inc to get your water heater installation done right. Service is our middle name.

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