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Are Tankless or Traditional Water Heaters Better

Are Tankless or Traditional Water Heaters Better?

When you are building a new home or need to replace your existing water heater, there are two common types of water heaters you will find available through plumbing companies in Mississauga: Tankless water heaters and traditional water heaters. While both provide hot water for your home, there are major differences on how they operate, as well as the benefits they provide.

Deciding which water heater is the best solution for your home should be made after reviewing the following information to help you better understand the differences, as well as the benefits of each type of water heater. In addition, you might want to consider scheduling a consultation appointment with an experienced and knowledgeable Mississauga plumber for their recommendations, based upon your needs.

Traditional Water Heaters

Traditional water heaters hold a specified amount of water and use either natural gas or electricity to heat water to a preset temperature. Most water heaters of this type hold between 30 and 50 gallons (around 113 to 189 litres) of water. Whenever you use hot water to bathe, shower, do dishes, or laundry, the preheated water is pumped out and replaced with cold water, where it is reheated to the preset temperature.

Benefits:The two main benefits of traditional water heaters are they tend to cost less and are easier to install in most homes.

Cons: There are several drawbacks you should be aware of with traditional water heaters, including:

  • Higher Energy Bills – Water in the entire tank, is reheated whenever it drops below the preset temperature and anytime hot water is used.
  • Requires More Space than Tankless Water Heaters
  • Potential to Run Out of Hot Water
  • Shorter Life Spans – On average, traditional water heaters last around 15 years or less.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters create hot water as it is needed using either natural gas or electricity, without having to store it in a tank.

Benefits:There are several benefits of tankless water heaters, including:

  • Lower Energy Bills – For homes that use less than 40 gallons (about 151 litres) of hot water daily, energy bill savings could be as much as 34% or more for water heating costs.
  • Takes Up Less Space – Since they are much smaller, there is more flexibility in where tankless water heaters can be installed.
  • Creates Hot Water on Demand – You never have to worry about running out of hot water, which is perfect for large families.
  • Longer Life Spans – On average, tankless water heaters lasts 20 to 30 years, sometimes longer.

Cons:There are a few drawbacks to tankless water heaters, which are a higher upfront cost and retrofitting to replace traditional water heaters could increase overall installation costs, in some situations.

To learn more about traditional and tankless water heaters for your home and help selecting the most appropriate solution, call the experts at My Precise Plumbing at 647-878-9293 now.

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Difference Between Hard Water and Soft Water

What Is the Difference Between Hard Water and Soft Water?

Most of the water in Toronto, and throughout Canada is considered to be hard water. Hard water is defined by the hardness within the water caused by natural occurring sources, most notably calcium and magnesium. While neither of these minerals pose health risks, as long as there is not an excess quantity of the minerals within the water, there is concern over the potential damage they can cause to plumbing, hot water heaters, dishwashers, coffer makers, faucets, shower heads, and toilets due to scaling.

Soft water is water that does not contain natural occurring hardness minerals. Even though there is a small amount of natural occurring soft water in various locations, it is often created using various processes, along with water softener systems, to help remove calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. The softening processes used often depend on whether the water is being softened at home with a home water softener or by your water provider.

How Does Hard Water Affect Plumbing?

Since hard water contains minerals, it causes scaling to form on the interior of pipes. Overtime, the scaling can buildup and become sufficient enough to create a reduction in water pressure and eventually, blockages, preventing the flow of water. If this occurs, it is recommended to contact a qualified plumbing company in Mississauga to determine whether the pipes can be cleaned or have to be replaced.

How Does Hard Water Affect Energy Usage?

Scaling prohibits the transfer of heat efficiently. As a result, the energy efficiency of hot water heaters declines and results in an increase in energy bills. Eventually hot water heaters have to be replaced from excessive scaling.

How Does Hard Water Affect Cleaning?

The minerals in hard water are more resistant to soaps, detergents, and cleaning products. As a result, it requires using more of these products in order to achieve the desired results, which further increases costs for cleaning products. Hard water will also leave water stains, in the form of small white spots, on cooking utensils, glasses, dishes, pots, pans, and other hard surfaces. With soft water, it reacts more effectively with these products, and depending upon the softness of the water, it is possible to reduce the amount of cleaning products required by up to 50%, saving you money.

How Does Hard Water Affect Showering/Bathing?

While hard water poses no risks for showering and bathing, as already mentioned, it does create scaling and requires using more soap and shampoo to get clean. The scaling forms on the sides of showers and tubs, as well as in showerheads and faucets, and will require more frequent cleaning and descaling. Eventually, showerheads and faucets have to be replaced, especially if there is a decrease in water flow.

For more information about the differences between hard and soft water and water treatment solutions for your home, contact My Precise Plumbing by calling 647-878-9293 today.

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