Besides the prestige of having a tankless water heater (which let’s face it are the coolest on the market) there are a number of eco-friendly pros of going tankless. As HVAC specialists in Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville we have personally seen the eco-friendly, earth-helping (and wallet-helping) differences that tankless water heaters make. This includes elements like saving water and saving on your electricity bills.
1. Energy Savings
The biggest eco-friendly pro of having a tankless water heater comes in the form of energy savings—something that is as good for the environment as it is for your wallet. We’re talking about a significant impact in energy savings given that hot-water tanks account for 20-30% of residential energy use.
The energy savings are significant with tankless as a standard water heater holds between 150 to 300 litres of water at any given time, which is heated to 50 degrees or more—24 hours a day. The water is heated so hot that cold water must be added to it, so you are heating water rather uselessly. On top of all this, about a quarter of the water in the tank isn’t usable hot water as it is lost as cold water is added to the tank. On top of even that heated water tanks, even insulated ones, radiate heat—which loses even more energy.
The energy savings from using a tankless water heater or a tank water heater averages between 24% to 34%, but can reach up to 50% for heavy hot-water users.
2. They Last Longer—Less Landfill Space
Disposing of water heaters is a significant problem in landfills. In North America over 8 million tank water heaters are disposed into landfills, a process which can cause dangerous chemical leaching into groundwater. Also, as you can imagine water heaters don’t decompose quickly. Tankless water heaters are smaller, take up less space in landfills, last significantly longer and have more replaceable parts.
3. Less Emissions
Energy efficiency causes less emissions. If North America switched to tankless water heaters we would save 1 billion litres of fuel, 620 million litres of propane—or 22 billion kw hours of energy, each and every year.
The eco-friendly pros of having a tankless water heater are numerous. There is the all-important energy savings, less toxic garbage and lower global-warming causing emissions. To find out the specific difference you can make by installing an eco-friendly tankless water heater—call us at Furnace King today, your HVAC specialists in Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville.