Tankless Water Heaters
Power Vent Water Heaters
Power Direct Vent Water Heaters
Conventional Vent Water Heaters
Electric Water Heaters
Traditional (“storage tank”) water heaters hold up to 75 gallons of hot water in a large storage tank, depending on the size you choose. When hot water is being used, cold water enters the bottom of the tank and is then heated to a pre-set temperature. Storage tank water heaters keep the water in the tank heated at all times so that it is ready and waiting for your use. Due to this, there is a constant energy loss known as “standby loss” as heat escapes.
A tankless (“on-demand”) water heater, on the other hand, is a more efficient method of heating water. A tankless water heater only heats water when it’s needed, so there is no hot water sitting around on standby. Unlike a traditional tank-type water heater, this method results in no standby energy loss. Besides being more efficient, the tankless water heater is also much more compact. If space is a factor, tankless water heaters come in at a fraction of the size of conventional water heaters. Small enough to mount in even a small bathroom closet. The space saving design lets you reclaim more space in your basement. Upgrading to tankless may make you eligible for government or utility rebates.
A power vent gas water heater uses a blower or fan to exhaust gases by pushing them through vent pipes. The primary advantage of a power vent is that the water heater can be located in more areas and does not require a vertical vent or chimney. It could be that the location where you want to install your hot water heater is not near the chimney, or your home does not have a chimney. Separate venting is set up for the water heater combustion gases.
Conventional gas water heaters are common and economical choice and often the default that many older homes were built with. These tanks are relatively simple in operation, using your chimney to exhaust combustion gases.
Electric water heaters are more efficient and produces less emissions than gas water heaters. An electric tank-type water heater can hold between 20 and 80 gallons of water that remain heated at all times. These tanks also use less overall energy than gas water heaters. However due to the difference in energy cost, electric water heaters may cost more to operate than a gas water heater.
How do I determine what size water heater I need? Below are some factors to help guide you:
|Household Size||Water Demand|
|Regular Usage||High Demand|
|up to 3 people||40G||50G|
|4 to 6 people||50G||60G|
|over 6 people||60G||High Output or Tankless|
* Plus applicable taxes
*** Equipment installed may not be as shown