On Demand Water Heater Solutions

Tankless water heating systems are becoming a lot more popular nowadays, because they provide savings in the long term. With cheaper operating and energy charges, tankless water heater systems are more effective and are greener than the traditional hot water cistern.

Traditional Water Heater vs. Tankless Water Heater

With ever advancing technological innovation, it is possible to get hot water on demand when you need, rather than waiting for a water tank to heat up.

There are actually many benefits of tankless water heating over the old method.

  • Storage Tanks – By using on demand water heater solutions, you don’t require a water storage tank. A regular water heater preheats and stores 25 to 50 gallons in its water tank which constantly needs to be heated. A tankless water heater will give you hot water as needed, eliminating large water storage cylinders.
  • Heat Loss – When water is preheated to be held in a tank, there is a lot of heat and energy loss. This can be prevented with on-demand hot water heaters.
  • Utility Bills – A traditional hot water heater heats and pre-heats water at a fixed temperature level without regard for your actual hot water requirements. This leads to somewhat inflated electricity bills. With a tankless water system, the consumption of energy is linked directly with your requirement for hot water. There’s no preheating involved. And so, your power bills will decrease.
  • Lifespan – Conventional water heaters usually last 10 to 15 years in contrast to the almost double 20+ yrs lifespan of an on-demand water heater. Hence, you should also save on turnover costs. This contributing factor additionally addresses the high purchase and installation costs that come with tankless water heaters.

If you are hoping to swap your existing hot water tank contact an expert to discuss your options.

Every little bit helps as the saying goes. In the case of the energy required for hot water, the average home spends anything from 20 % to 30 % of their utility bills on making hot water. This can mount up, especially as traditional energy sources that are used to heat the water increase in cost. This article will run you through a few types of residential hot water heaters that may save you some money on these monthly costs.

Types Of Water Heaters

Most homes have a water heater that is powered by electricity or gas. The general set up is a storage tank that holds a certain amount of water. In reality, the storage tank has an inner bottle, made of glass that is covered by insulation, to store the water. The metal casing protects the glass and insulation from damage or breakage. An electric element or a gas line that ignites a burner is positioned at the bottom of the tank so that it can heat the water. This normally occurs when the temperature of the water drops to a certain level (by the way, an energy saving tip is to turn the temperature of the thermostat that controls this process down. Many people set it to 140 F when 120 F is sufficient).

The major disadvantage of this system, apart from the fact that it uses two sources of energy that are becoming more expensive each year, is that it must constantly heat the water. For instance, if the water is not used, some of the heat will be lost to the environment depending on the level or quality of insulation. This means more electricity or gas is used to re-heat the water. This is the cost of having hot water at the turn of a faucet. Many people think this cost is unnecessary and an inefficient use of energy resources.


An alternative that gets around this issue is the tankless water heater. This works as the name suggests. It is pretty much an on demand hot water system. The key component of this system is a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is still powered by traditional energy sources, like electricity or gas, but it is only activated when hot water is needed. Part of the plumbing of the home is wound around the heat exchanger. As the water passes through the plumbing around the heat exchanger, the water is heated.

Tankless Water Heater

This system can save on electricity or gas usage. It is more expensive but also tends to last longer than a traditional tank water system because it is only used when needed.

Another option that is gaining popularity and will continue in this way is to add solar power to your heating system. Solar hot water systems are really just the same storage and heating device – so it could be a tank or tankless water system – but the energy source comes from the Sun rather than via a utility company.

There are two types of solar hot water systems. A passive system probably won’t provide all your energy needs but can augment the use of electricity or gas thus saving you money on utility bills. An active system uses solar panels to create electricity. This can be used to heat the water you use. An active solar power system with a efficient heating storage system can save you plenty on water heating bills.

KCs Plumbing and Heating Ltd
1896 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5N 2S7
(604) 873-3753
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