Canadians want their hot water on a regular basis, even more so in the winter. Hot water tanks around Saskatoon are overworked in the cold season, so it’s important that homeowners should choose a reputable brand for their water heater at home to ensure that hot water is always ready for use. There are two options available for a water heater unit: traditional tank heaters and tankless water heaters.
Traditional Hot Water Tanks
Traditional water heaters require the installation of hot water tanks in Saskatoon homes. This is best installed by experts like Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Ltd. The tank may also take up a lot of space in a room. The average home requires a 30 to 50-gallon tank of water; this usually often ends up in your garage or basement. If you don’t have the space, maybe a tankless heater is a better option.
The other thing to remember is that traditional water heaters can be slow to heat or recover when the water in the tank has been used up. Once the tank has been emptied, it is refilled and the heating process begins again. The problem is that warming up 30 to 50 gallons of water will take time, leaving you without hot water in the meanwhile. Take note, however, that established plumbers have had many years of experience installing and maintaining traditional heaters; you can expect lower costs for setting things up and keeping the tank working. Additionally, traditional water heaters usually have an operating lifespan of eight to ten years.
On-Demand Water Heater
Tankless water heaters have their perks too. A tankless water heating unit is usually compact and mounted to the wall near your shower. This is great for those who live in a house where space is at a premium. You also don’t have to wait for the refill to warm up. Just turn on the switch and you can have hot water pumped directly into your bath or shower. It does have a limited output though. You aren’t taking a shower and doing the dishes at the same time with this water heater.
Tankless water heaters, as they are a more recent innovation than traditional water tank heaters, come with a higher price tag. Expect to pay double or more the cost of a traditional water heater when you want a tankless water heater installed. Nevertheless, with tankless water heaters, you’ll be able to make it up in energy savings. Tankless water heaters also can last double the life of a traditional heater.
(Source: 27 Benefits and Savings of a Tankless Water Heater, Landlordstation.com, July 21, 2013)