What Size Water Tank Do I Need?

Many homeowners know little about their hot water heater, except the fact that it provides them with hot water. And why should they know more when it isn’t their job? However, it is your job to know what size tank is right for your home when it is time to make the purchase, whether it is your first time, an upgrade, or something else. In fact some homeowners don’t know they have one until their water heater requires a repair. Here we will provide you with more information so the decision in purchasing a hot water tank is much easier.

What do you know?

It is important to get to know a little more about hot water heaters before you go out to buy. Today, many makes, models, styles, and sizes of hot water heater tanks are out there and without the proper research you may find yourself with more headache than you want. Not all brands are created equally, and this same rule applies to the models of hot water tanks that are available. Without this knowledge, it is anyone’s guess what type of hot water heater you will find yourself with when all is said and done.

Choosing the right size tank for your home is one of the most important of the decisions that you will make when selecting a hot water heater. Taking a bit of your day to learn more is a simple step that, later on, may pay off handsomely. Besides, with the information below, that provided by the professionals, and the Internet at hand, you won’t have any questions left when all is said and done. It is far too easy to find the information that you need than it is to purchase the wrong hot water heater. Make sure that this time is taken and you will be happy at the end of the day.

A common misconception that puts so many homeowners in the hot seat to begin with is the assumption of hot water heater needed is based upon the size of your home. Of course, this is important, but what is even more important is how many people are in your house, and the high peak of your water demand when it is used at the busiest parts of the day.

Th hot water heater size that you need also depends upon the type that you want to own. Today there are tankless models, hybrids, standards, electric and gas models, and many others. The type selected also helps determine the right size to select. Check out some of the different brands of hot water tanks.

It is best to determine the amount of water that you are using during peak times and ensure that you choose water heaters that can produce, at a minimum, this amount of water. A professional hot water heater salesman can provide more information and answer all your questions.

Tankless Hot Water Heaters

This type of water heater is the smallest of the options available since no tank for water storage is needed. Many more homeowners are opting to use the tankless hot water heater because it provides hot water on demand and a reduction in both water and energy costs.

If you wish to purchase a tankless system, you’ll us the above described method to choose the model most suited to your needs. These units re rated by the maximum temperature and have a flow rate. Make sure, as mentioned above, you know the flow rate.

How many devices do you use requiring water at once? Add the flow rates of each of these appliances to learn the water demand necessary in the unit that is purchased.

Solar Hot Water Heaters

To determine the right size solar hot water tank that you need to adequately provide hot water to your home involves determining the total collector area with the storage volume. Your water heater selection should meet 90 – 100% of the household water needs during the months of the summer. Around 20 square feet of space is needed for two family members, while you need an additional 8 square foot of space for each additional member in the household.

Storage volume is important. Tanks that are small range in size from 40 to 60 gallons and oftentimes are suitable for singles or couples. Medium tanks hold about 80 gallons of water and work best for homes of up to four people. If there are more than four people in the household, you will need to purchase a large tank to get adequate water supply as it is needed.

Storage Unit Hot Water Tanks

It is likely that this type of water tank is being used in your home right now. It is the most common of the hot water tanks out there. When choosing this style water tank, make sure that you look for a product that has the Energy-Star label attached so you know you are getting a product that is going to provide you with hot water while also protecting our wallet. But, what about the size of the tank?

The water heater first hour rating is the best way to determine the right size tank when this is your preferred type. The first hour rating is the amount of hot water the water heater offers over the course of an hour. The tank capacity, heat source, and the size of the burner are also considerable factors.

The storage tank hot water heater is available in many makes and models from many brands. Each heater supplies the information needed to know to purchase the right product so check this out before you make a purchase as well.

Final Thoughts

This is just a bit of information to help you get started choosing a hot water tank for use at your home. Talk to a professional to learn more, use the internet, and of course the information provided to you above. With this information, choosing a hot water tank capable of meeting the demand of your family’s household water needs is easier than ever before! Learn more about our hot water tank services.

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