Any Edmonton homeowner will welcome a way to reduce their water heating expenses. One good option suggested by HowStuffWorks.com writer Charles W. Bryant is a tankless water heater in Edmonton since it offers the following advantages:

  • They never run out of hot water.
  • They last five to 10 years longer than tank heaters.
  • They’re more efficient with no standby heat loss.
  • They take up less space and can even be installed on walls or outdoors with an anti-freeze kit.
  • Smaller units can be installed under cabinets or in a closet, closer to the point of use.
  • They only need enough power to heat the amount of water necessary at any given moment.
  • You can shave as much as 20 percent from your water heating bill.
  • Electric models don’t produce greenhouse gases.
  • Most units are operated by remote control and have up to four separate settings available.
  • There’s no possibility of flooding due to a ruptured tank.

Before households switch to an on-demand water heating equipment though, they first need to consider budget and labour for additional circuit (for electric-powered units) or additional gas lines (for gas-powered units). Also, if they have purchased Edmonton hot water tanks fairly recently, switching to a tankless model right away may not be a good idea. After all, storage tank water heaters have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. As an alternative, they can make them more energy-efficient. Here are a few tips:

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Turn down the thermostat’s temperature

Homeowners don’t need to turn their thermostat all the way up to 60 degrees Celsius since this is too hot for comfort, even scalding hot. The recommended setting is 49 degrees Celsius, which can bring down the water heating expenses about 6 to 10 percent.

Insulate the tank.

Average winter temperature in Edmonton is -15 degrees Celsius, making it extremely necessary for residents to insulate their water pipes lest they risk frozen or burst pipes. Insulation can also be applied to a hot water tank— whether it’s summer or winter— to preserve the heat generated. All residents need to do is wrap their tank with a water heater insulating blanket.

Drain the sediment.

Overtime, hot water tanks accumulate sediment, reducing their efficiency. Thus, draining the tank every three months can fix that. Residents can also turn to experienced plumbing contractors like Capital Plumbing & Heating Ltd. for their other maintenance needs.

Tankless water heaters are effective in saving energy and bringing down heating costs. However, if switching to on-demand water heating equipment is not possible at the moment, homeowners can make do with their conventional type of water heater and apply methods to improve its energy efficiency.

(Source: How Tankless Water Heaters Work, howstuffworks.com)

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