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Advantages of Replacing Your Hot Water Tank With a Tankless Water Heater

Today many sustainability-minded homeowners and homebuilders are choosing to replace traditional hot water tanks with tankless water heaters.

Like a hot water tank, tankless water heaters supply hot water for showers and baths, sinks, dishwashers, and washing machines. But with one important difference.

Tankless water heaters provide hot water on-demand – quickly heating water from the municipal supply line strictly on an as-needed basis.

As a result, tankless heaters are being embraced as a more responsible, energy-efficient option for today’s environmentally conscious consumer.

How do tankless heaters work?

Unlike traditional hot water tanks, hot water is not stored until needed. Instead, water is heated when there is a demand for hot water. Within seconds it will reach the desired temperature and provide hot water at your faucet, showerhead or appliance. Top-rated units are capable of generating enough hot water to allow two showers to run at the same time.

When a hot water tap is turned on, a sensor in the tankless heater immediately ignites the fuel source (generally natural gas). This in turn heats the water exchanger to heat the water. As soon as the tap is shut off, so too is the flame. Natural gas is only consumed when there is a demand for hot water.

Water temperatures are set using a digital control. Many models include advanced controls which inform you if the unit requires maintenance.

On-demand means less waste.

Because water doesn’t have to be constantly heated throughout the day to maintain its temperature, tankless heaters are far more energy-efficient. They’ve been shown to cut fuel costs down by 27%-50%.

It is estimated that, 40-50% of the fuel used to heat a hot water tank is wasted through ‘standby loss’ (heat that escapes from the tank into the home). In a large city such as Calgary, that can add up. With tankless heaters, the problem of standby loss is practically eliminated.

Tankless water heaters provide long-term cost savings.

Tankless water heaters aren’t for everybody. Like any new technology, the upfront purchase price of tankless systems are noticeably higher compared to hot water tanks, which have been around for over 75 years. Tankless systems often involve more work to install.

That is why a tankless system should be viewed as a long-term investment in sustainability that will start to pay off in about 6 years. At this point, homeowners will have recouped their upfront costs and start benefiting from lower utility bills.

There is another advantage. Tankless systems have a longer expected lifespan: almost double that of a hot water tank with regular maintenance.

Go Green. Go tankless.

As more and more Canadians place greater value on minimizing their carbon footprint costs have been coming down, which is good news for consumers and the environment.

To find out more, speak to a qualified installer for advice on which system is right for you and your home.

Pros of Buying a Tankless Water Heater

  • Greater energy-efficiency. Less waste.
  • More environmentally responsible.
  • Takes up less space in the basement.
  • Never run out of hot water.
  • Easier venting (side of home vs. chimney)
  • Last almost 2x longer than a tank system

Cons of Buying a Tankless Water Heater

  • Higher up-front cost
  • Some units not compatible with hard water
  • Annual maintenance is recommended to maximize service life
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  • Reduced electricity bills and operating costs. When the unit operates as designed, electricity usage is reduced.
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Most homes built in the last few years have a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV), which efficiently replaces stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air, all year round.

 

As with any other air-handling equipment in your home, your HRV should be cleaned regularly to ensure the best possible indoor air quality.

 

If you aren’t sure if you have an HRV, call our team to find out how you can tell.

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If you or your loved ones suffer from respiratory issues or allergies, or you’re concerned about the quality of the air that you are breathing, then our sanitizing treatment will give you the reassurance that your ductwork is sterile and free of debris that could negatively impact your respiratory and overall health.

 

Microban is our hospital-grade sanitizing solution, which kills 99.99% of germs, viruses, funguses, molds, and other pathogens.

 

We also offer Benefect, an all-natural sanitizer made from plant extracts, which also kills 99.99% of germs, viruses, funguses, and molds. ​

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Mid-efficiency furnaces produce a sand-like, mildly-corrosive byproduct. This substance condenses in the exhaust flu stack and collects over time near the inducer/venter motor, restricting exhaust gas flow. Eventually, it enters the inducer motor and causes premature wear on the furnace.

 

Exhaust flu stack cleaning removes the build-up to reduce the chance of motor failure and maximize the life span of your furnace. Preventative maintenance ensures your furnace runs efficiently all Winter long — without costly no-heat emergencies. 

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The secondary heat exchanger in a high-efficiency furnace or A/C coil has delicate, closely spaced fins that must be protected during your furnace and duct cleaning.

 

For furnaces that require a bypass, we temporarily install a filter above the heat exchanger or A/C coil, and position our duct vacuum above the filter.

 

This bypass procedure prevents damage by ensuring all dust and debris in your supply duct work is collected before reaching the heat exchanger or A/C coil.

 

Standard furnaces without A/C don’t have secondary heat exchangers or A/C coils and don’t require the bypass procedure.

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During our 30+ point inspection, we check all furnace systems to identify components that are worn out and need replacement. Replacing parts before they break — preventative maintenance — maximizes heating efficiency, avoids no-heat emergencies, and saves on costly service calls. 

 

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The tool agitates and dislodges the most hard-to-reach dust, debris, and contaminants, moving them toward our duct vacuum for collection and disposal.

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Our high-speed rotary brushing equipment sweeps the entire interior surface of your duct work, ensuring that all dust, debris, and pet hair are vacuumed away.

 

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Dryer fires are a top-five cause of house fires. Cleaning your dryer vent regularly greatly reduces the chance of a dryer fire, plus the following benefits:

 

  • Reduces clothes drying times
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  • Lessens the amount of allergens in your house

Back Skipper Tool

The back skipper is a 1” diameter rounded ball connected to a long, flexible high-pressure airline.

 

The 1” ball has jets that discharge high-pressure air, pulling the tool and airline through the length of your duct work.

 

The high-pressure air moves the dust and debris toward our duct vacuum, where it is collected for disposal.​