Standard Vs Tankless: Which Water Heater is Best for Your Home?


So the time has come for you to put your mind to the test and decide which type of water heater you’re going to get. As with any major purchase, you need to weigh your options and make sure you make the right choice, especially since this will determine how you take showers and wash the dishes!

Standard and tankless water heaters both have their advantages, so finding out which one is best for your home will take a little more research.

The difference between standard and tankless water heaters

Standard water heaters come with a large tank that stores the water. The machine regularly heats the water in the tank and it is stored until used. Whenever you take a shower, wash the dishes, or use an appliance with hot water, you are using what was stored in the tank.

A tankless water heater doesn’t have, you guessed it, a tank for storing water. This means that the water you are using is heated right at the time of use, and not sitting somewhere in a tank downstairs. As the water passes through, your heat source instantaneously heats it and sends it up to you.

The advantages of tankless heaters

Tankless heaters offer many advantages, and are becoming increasingly popular throughout the country. The most important are:

  • Efficiency – standard heaters require more energy since a constant supply of heat is needed to maintain the temperature of the water in the tank. Tankless heaters eliminate this need, and work on heat-as-you-go plan.
  • Space – no tank means no extra space taken up in your basement.
  • Convenience – ever been the last person in the shower and gotten sprayed with cold water? Not fun. Chances are your tankless heater won’t put you through that.

The advantages of standard heaters

Standard heaters might not be as efficient as their smaller counterparts, but one major advantage they have is that they can usually provide more water. Some tankless models are too small to provide for a huge home. Also, they require a smaller up-front investment. The drawback here is that they usually cost more over time.

City Gas is Toronto’s go-to specialist for all water heating solutions, including the installation and repair of all models of water heaters. Knowing the difference between standard and tankless heaters will help you make the right decision for your home. When you do, let us know!