Tankless Water Heaters

If you are looking at installing or replacing a hot water heater, do you go with the traditional or with the new ‘tankless’ version?

Consumers are searching out ways to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. As with anything, there are benefits and drawbacks associated with the tankless heaters. They do however, deserve a closer look. While they are intended to save on water consumption and energy costs, they are not for everybody.Due diligence will ensure you make the right decision for you and your family.

PRO’S

* Hot Water on Demand–instant hot water at the source.

* Energy Saving–not spending money heating up a large tank of water. Tankless units can potentially save you up to 25% in water heating bills.

* Eco-Friendly–Electric heaters don’t produce ‘greenhouse gases’.

* Space Saving–take up much less space than a traditional holding tank.

* Water Saver–because of their size, they can be installed closer to source(ex: sink, dishwasher…) Less time in waiting means less water down the drain.

* Damage Control–no unexpected floods

* Life of Appliance–usually lasts 10-15 years longer than traditional tanks.

* Versatility–available in different sizes to accommodate space availability. Some have multiple settings and remote controls(bells and whistles are extra)

* Energy Star Savings–most tankless heaters are eligible for a federal tax rebate.

CON’S

* Cost–this is a BIG one!! tankless heaters can cost up to 3 times as much as traditional models, however, they do last longer.

* Electric Installation–may require special installation as well as additional circuit in the breaker box.

* Gas Installation–may require installation of additional gas line for the unit. Gas heaters also require additional venting..both of these add to the cost.

* Eco-Friendly??–gas units emit some ‘greenhouse gases’

* Supply and Demand–more than 1 unit may be needed to meet your families’ needs. A minimum of 0.5 gallons per minute is required to trigger the heat exchanger.

If you are at decision making time, consider the Pro’s and Con’s of both tankless and conventional heaters. Compare as well, the financial impact of tankless vs. traditional…paying particular attention to installation and replacement costs in the future. Don’t forget, conventional heaters last about 10 years, while tankless will have a life of 20-25 years.

Mercury Thermostats

It’s that time of year again…homeowners are thinking of upgrading their heating or cooling systems….which in some cases includes replacing older thermostats. Traditionally, thermostats used in residences, businesses and even instituitions contained mercury.

Not sure if you have one? Take the front cover off—-if you see glass tubes with a silver liquid inside, you definately have one of these dinosaurs. Mercury thermostats can contain 1 to 4 of these little glass bulbs. Each bulb(switch) contains about 2.5 grams of mercury.

Mercury is a highly poisonous substance. Just 1 gram of this silvery liquid can contaminate an 8 hectare lake making any fish inedible for 1 year! Not only is it harmful to the environment and amimals, it can also cause health problems in humans…impairment of vision, speech, hearing, loss of hair and teeth, lack of coordination, and in some cases death.

It is imperative that none of these vessels reach the landfill. NEVER under ANY circumstance, pour the mercury down the sink!

‘SWITCH THE STAT’ program administered by the HRAI( Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute), is Canada wide for safe disposal of mercury thermostats.

For more info go to www.switch the stat .ca

We would be happy to pick up your old Mercurty thermostat when we are in the neighbourhood…free of charge! It can also be dropped off at our Main Office location.