As families are placing increased importance on energy efficiency, the tankless water heater is growing in popularity. Whereas water tanks were previously the go-to for homes, we receive more inquiries about new hot water heaters every year.
So what are the primary differences between these two options and how should you determine which is the better option for your household?
Tankless Hot Water Heater - On-Demand Efficiency
The primary difference in a tankless system is in the description. There is no tank that “stores” hot water between usage. Instead, once a request for hot water (from a shower or tap, for example) is registered, water is heated and delivered into your home’s piping. This means a slight wait while water heats up, however the energy efficiency is significant. Because tankless heaters only heat the water when a tap is turned, the amount of energy required is significantly reduced. Some households can see as much as a 80-90% improvement in energy efficiency for their hot water needs.
Hot Water Tank - Reliable Power
The benefits of having a hot water tank are the increased flow capability for hot water and the rate and frequency with which hot water can be used. Because hot water is stored, kept heated and ready to go in a large tank, simultaneous usage is not a problem for this type of system. Furthermore, a tank system will have the power to quickly heat up water to higher temperatures and deliver it at a higher flow rate than a tankless system. If water pressure, frequent usage or simultaneous usage is important to your household, than a hot water tank may be a better option for you. Though it has less efficiency than a tankless system, and loss of hot water is still a common frustration. Furnace Solutions offers many high-efficiency hot water tank options to suit you and your needs.
Energy Efficiency Alberta RebateStill having a hard time deciding which is best for you? Maybe this will help make the decision for you: the Energy Efficiency Alberta rebate can provide up to $1,000 in savings on a new, ENERGY STAR® tankless water heater system. Purchase any of these heaters from Furnace Solutions, and you’ll receive a rebate, the size of which depends on the system you choose. For more information about this program, click here.
Spring, summer, fall and winter...you’re going to want an effective water heating option. But it’s important to ensure you’re selecting the right one for your specific household and usage needs. If you’re thinking about replacing your water heater, contact us today and let Furnace Solution’s trusted experts help you determine whether a tankless hot water heater installation or hot water tank is best for you.