Water heaters come in all shapes and sizes, and different systems work best for different homes. Knowing the right type of water heater for your household can help prevent those uncomfortable cold showers or other situations where you run out of hot water. Let’s take a look at two of the most common water heaters, so you can decide which one is best for your home.
Reservoir (storage tank) water heaters
These conventional storage water heaters contain a 20 to 80 gallon reservoir of water that’s constantly heated. This makes hot water readily available for the entire household.
Tankless (on-demand) water heaters
Tankless water heaters provide hot water only when and where it is needed. There’s no reservoir to keep heated, thus no standby energy loss. The hot water is instant, heated up by traveling through the burner unit and coming out of the tap as a virtually unlimited supply of hot water.
To sum up, reservoir water heaters are ideal for homes with larger families that may use hot water at once in separate locations. Tankless water heaters are ideal for smaller homes, where the demand for hot water isn’t as high. Tankless water heaters can also be used to supplement an existing hot water system if you add on to the house or your family gets larger. If you’re unsure which water heater is right for your home, contact Skaggs-Walsh today and ask our expert plumbers!