Is an on demand water heater a good idea for your cottage?
You’ve probably been hearing a lot about tankless or on demand water heaters lately. They’ve been touted as one of the best new options available to homeowners in a very long time. But what about cottagers? If you’ve been wondering if an on demand water heater might be a good option to have up at the cottage, here are a few reasons why you just might want to consider one.
Save on Energy Costs
Every weekend throughout the summer thousands of Canadians make the trek to and from cottages of all sizes and types. However, for some, the cost of owning and maintaining a summer home is becoming increasingly difficult to manage. If you are looking at your heating and cooling bill as an area to try and reduce costs, you may be wondering if an on demand water heater is a good idea for your cottage.
An on demand water heater (also known as a tankless water heater) uses a heat exchanger to provide hot water as it is needed, as opposed to a traditional system which holds and heats large quantities of water in a tank. Due to the fact that cottages are often left empty for at least several days at a time, installing an on demand water heater may be a far more practical option. This is because it doesn’t consume any energy during those times when you aren’t around.
If there’s one thing you can never have too much of at the cottage it’s storage space. There are always extra bits and bobs that seem to never find a permanent home. However, switching to a tankless water heater can help free up some space in cramped quarters. These systems have a tiny footprint and can be stored under cabinets, in closets or hung on the wall. Depending on the size of your old water heater, removing it can leave you with a decent amount of space for small reno projects or to simply use as storage.
If you’ve ever spent time waiting for your shower water to heat up then you know just how frustrating that lag time can be. This is especially true when up at the cottage. Your time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is at a premium, so the last thing you want to do is stand around wasting it. Thankfully, on demand water heaters offer reduced lag time, due to their close proximity to showers and sinks.
You can also expect to save on time when it comes to closing up shop for the winter, because tankless system drain easily for winter storage.
If you have more questions about trading your old hot water tank for a new on demand water heater, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Reliance Home Comfort specialists.