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Understanding Different Water Heaters

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Understanding Different Water Heaters
 
Get a handle on what’s out there and learn exactly what you need, when looking at
potential water heaters to add to your home. There are a few different sizes and types
available on the market. The question is which type is best for the needs of your
household?
 
Here is a look at some of the different options to consider when looking at a water
heater for your home.
 
Storage-Tank vs Tankless
 
Choosing between a traditional storage-tank heater and a tankless model is likely one of
the biggest considerations on the minds of water heater shoppers these days.
 
Tankless – This option is newer on the market and makes an excellent option for homes
looking to save space and energy costs. This type of heater does not store any hot water
in reserve, but rather water passes through a heat exchanger on the inside, thereby
heating water on demand.
 
Some believe that they are most beneficial for smaller households, due to limitations on
hot water flow rates. Of course, as small as they are, it’s certainly possible to purchase
more than one, in order to keep up with the demands of larger homes.
 
Storage-Tank –The traditional storage tank water heater has been a staple in Canadian
homes for generations. As the name implies, this model stores large quantities of
heated water in a large cylindrical tank, on the ready for use. When rented, this style of
water heater is an affordable and easy-to-use option, with service and unit replacement
often included in the rental price.
 
Sizing
 
The size of water heater that you need is based on the demands of your home. This
demand level is generally divided into Regular Demand, Above Average Demand, and
High Demand. When considering your home’s level of demand think about the number
of people living there, the number of bathrooms in your home, your dishwasher and
laundry use, as well as any extras like soaker tubs or whirlpools.
 
If your home contains four or fewer people, and only one to three bathrooms, then you
will most likely be considered a regular demand household. However, if your home
contains multiple bathrooms, multi-head showers and high-use appliances such as
whirlpool tubs, or if you have an in-law suite or rental apartment in your home, then
your home will likely be considered high demand, and a larger water heater will be
required.
 
To learn more about the different types of water heaters available, or to speak with a
home comfort specialist about the type and size of water heater that will work best for
your household, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or online.
 







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