Eventually the day that everyone dreads comes: it’s time to install a new water heater. You might need to replace yours for a few reasons. Maybe it’s old, leaky, inefficient, or a hazard. Maybe you’ve become more energy conscious, or are tired of having cold showers. But with tankless and traditional models available, how do you decide which is best? We’ve broken down the benefits and savings for different types to help make your decision easier.
What are Hot Water on Demand Systems?
Tankless systems provide hot water on demand, which means no more toilet flushes interrupting your shower, or running out of hot water during the morning rush or when guests are over.
When you turn on your shower, washing machine, or kitchen faucet, water starts to flow inside the pump. A sensor within the tankless system detects the flow and gets to work. The incoming water passes through a series of burners, quickly heating on its way to you. Once the tap is turned off, the system shuts down again. No water is stored inside the system, unless a buffer is installed to reduce wait times.
Savings to Expect
Although they cost more initially, there are rebates available in some provinces that can help offset the price of a tankless system. Additionally, the energy savings offsets the higher cost. With a tankless system, there’s no hot water sitting in the tank waiting to be used, which means over 50% in energy savings passed on to you. This can mean a considerably lower bill!
Hot Water System Comparison
As with any system, there are a few pros and cons when tankless models are compared to traditional hot water tanks. Tankless systems are not the most efficient in cold weather, where incoming water is very cold. They can also take a few minutes to heat up. It’s hot water on demand, but not instantly!
But tankless systems also take up less space, since they’re about the size of a suitcase instead of a large tank in your basement. They last longer, and also provide cleaner water. Have you ever looked at the inside of a hot water tank? Enough said.
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