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Tank vs Tankless Water Heaters

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, you may be tempted to just go with a tank water heater like everyone else. Tank water heaters have been the top of the market for a long time, and have plenty to offer. However, they are not objectively the best option for everyone. Let’s take a look at two of the most popular water heater types, and the benefits each of them can offer you.

Tank Water Heaters

A tank water heater uses a large storage tank to maintain a standing supply of hot water. The tanks range in size from a few gallons to over a hundred, and the system stays on at all times to keep the water at the right temperature. A tank water heater is very convenient, as it can supply hot water at a moment’s notice. The system can also cope with a high level of demand over a long period of time. However, constantly operating to keep the temperature up wastes a lot of energy over the course of a year.

Tankless Water Heaters

It may come as a shock to you, but tankless water heaters don’t use storage tanks. Crazy, right? Instead, the system uses a heat exchanger to heat water as it flows through it. Tankless water heaters turn on only when they are needed, and spend the rest of the time on standby. This makes them much more energy efficient than the standard tank water heater. However, it is more difficult for a tankless water heater to cope with demand, since it has to start from scratch every time. There is also a slight delay between when the tankless water heater is turned on and when hot water reaches the faucet.

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling offers water heater installation services throughout Perkasie, PA.

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