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Choosing a New Water Heater: Tank vs. Tankless

So you’re in need of a new water heater. Perhaps your existing appliance is too old to function as efficiently as it once did, or it has simply given out on you completely. Whatever the situation may be, you need to carefully consider the replacement options available to you. We often have clients ask us which is better, a tank or tankless water heater. In truth, there is no such thing as one “best” water heater. There is certainly one that is best suited to your home and personal user preferences, though. Consider the following information, and let us know if you have any questions when choosing your new water heater in Des Moines, IA.

Tank Water Heater Still Have a Lot to Offer

Some people just assume that the fact that we now have tankless water heaters readily available for installation in residential settings that the tank water heater is somehow obsolete. This could not be further from the truth. The tank water heater is still something of a gold standard if you frequently have very high hot water demands in your home. It is true that some standby energy loss is inevitable when storing hot water in a tank, but it is also true that modern tanks are more efficient than ever, and many can benefit from further insulation. Tank water heaters are also substantially cheaper than tankless models.

Tankless Water Heaters are Perfect for Some Homes

If you don’t have much storage space in your home, the tankless water heater is a great option for a very compact system. These water heaters are also very efficient, as they don’t suffer from standby energy loss due to their on-demand operational style. However, they are more likely to be overwhelmed when a lot of hot water is called for all at once, and they do tend to be more costly than tank models. They also have longer lifespans, though, so if you’ll be in your home for a long time you may be able to offset that initial price difference.

Call Schaal Heating and Cooling for any water heater services that you may need.

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