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What water heater should I purchase?

You have a lot to consider when selecting a water heater for your home. You should choose a water heating system that will not only provide enough hot water but also that will do so energy efficiently saving you money. This includes considering the different types of water heaters available and determining the right size and fuel source for your home. The size of your family, the utilities in your area and the space available for your water heater all play a role. At North Halton Heating we are here to help you make the right choice.

There are benefits and drawbacks with all water heating products and there are applications in which tanks perform better while there are others where tankless outperforms.

Natural gas water heaters offer two distinct choices in style (storage tank and tankless) and three choices for venting (conventional, direct vent, power vent).

Storage tank heaters/traditional water heater

The conventional water heater has a lot going for it. They are very reasonable to buy and a 50-gallon tank provides all the hot water most homeowners need. There is no maintenance and, at current natural gas prices, they are inexpensive to operate.

The downside to the traditional water heater is that they take up more space than a tankless unit, they can be heavy and cumbersome and they are not quite as efficient as a tankless unit, none of which are major issues to the average contractor or homeowner.

How about a Tankless Water Heater?

Tankless hot water heaters bring a number of advantages to the homeowner. They are efficient, take up little space and last 20 years or so.

The concept of tankless water heating is simple. Instead of heating water and storing it in a tank where energy is lost throughout the day and night, tankless water heaters heat water on demand. A tankless water heater only heats water when you actually need it. Therefore you get an endless source of hot water, while also saving money on energy costs by not heating and reheating the same tank of water over and over again.

A flow sensor detects when you turn on a hot water faucet and activates the tankless water heater. A series of burners then heat the water and will continue to do so until the flow sensor recognizes that the water has stopped flowing.

Summary

  • tankless water heaterWhen opening a hot water tap, or starting the dishwasher, your tankless water heater recognizes the need for hot water and starts the heating process.
  • The temperature of the incoming water is used to calculate how much heat the burners must produce to deliver water at the desired temperature.
  • When the demand for hot water ceases the unit shuts down and uses no energy until more hot water is needed.
  • The end result is hot water that is not limited to what’s available in your tank. You always have hot water when you want it and for as long as you want it.

North Halton Heating offers a full range of water heaters and we will be happy to help you decide which water heater will suit your family’s needs. Contact North Halton Heating and ask for John


(Click here for PDF article on Tankless Water Heaters by Mike Holmes)
 
 
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