Clean and fresh water is important. It is also important to have warm water when you need it.
There are two different ways to heat water in your home: a tank system and a tankless system (also called an on-demand water heater).
What is a Tank Water Heater
A tank-style water heater heats an entire tank of water. The tank keeps the water warm until it is needed. The tank keeps the water warm at a slightly lower temperature than the tankless system.
How does a Tank Water Heater Heat Water?
The tank water heater can use gas and electricity to heat your water.
Why Should You Choose a Tank or Tankless Water Heater?
Each water heater has its own pros and cons. A tankless system allows your home to have near-constant streams of hot water. The tankless system can take longer to warm and will require more water usage.
A tank system will provide immediate warm water. It will also run all day and require more energy to keep it heated.
Pros of the Tankless Water Heater
Here are some reasons to get yourself a tankless water heater:
- It is 30% – 50% in energy savings
- Takes up less space than the average boiler or tank-based system
- Less likely to break and cause a large flood in your home
Cons of The Tankless Water Heater
- They are usually more expensive
- They are not instant and take some time to warm the first bit of water
- The unit’s capacity can limit how much water you actually get
- They will not work during a power outage
- Hard water can greatly affect some units
Pros of a Tank Based Water Heater
- Lower cost to replace and maintain
Cons of a Tankless Water Heater
- Higher utility bills
- You can run out of hot water
- Shorter lifespan than the tankless system
Can I Install My Own Water System?
Both systems require a large amount of plumbing knowledge to install. While you do have the ability to put the system in yourself we highly recommend contacting a specialist to install your system.
A poorly installed system can have a shorter lifespan, higher maintenance fees, and can sometimes flood your home.
A tankless system is very complicated and requires a specialist that also knows electricity to install it properly.
Using Water Heaters For In-Floor Radiant Heating Systems
We have seen multiple failures with tankless systems being used as in-floor radiant heating systems.
They were not designed to do this very well and in most cases.
In the neighborhood of Harbour Landing in Regina, we’ve seen many of these tankless water heater systems installed as in-floor heaters.
As a solution, we’ve been replacing non-functioning units with Navien combi boiler systems. These tankless systems are the perfect solution for both domestic hot water needs and radiant in-floor heating.
Want to learn more about the Combi Boiler Systems or other water tank heating systems? Contact us today.