Choosing a Hot Water Heater

Some call it a debate, but according to Robb Engen in a 2014 Toronto Star article the real difference between renting and owning a hot water heater is nothing more than geography, and habit: In Ontario most homeowners rent a water heater, but in Alberta virtually nobody does. Engen goes on to say that “In straight cost terms, over time buying is a better deal.

When you factor in convenience and hassle-free service for many people renting may be worth the extra cost,” adding that “since a typical heater lasts about 15 years, owning trumps renting after six or seven years, assuming no maintenance is required over that time.”


For many it suggests personal choice, others it’s just the way it is so for Albertans who have traditionally purchased, the decision comes down to ensuring you have the right product for your home and business that adequately serves your needs.



At Just in Time Furnace in Calgary we offer a variety of both tank and tankless hot water heaters models available from brands like Navien, Rheem®, and Rinnai®. While our technicians can help make the process easy by recommending the right unit for your home and installing it in no time at all, you should also understand the fundamentals before you invest in a new water heater for your home.


According to the US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy when selecting, a water heating system, choose one that provides enough hot water and is energy efficiently, including determining the different types of water heaters available:
  • Conventional storage water heaters offer a ready reservoir (storage tank) of hot water;
  • Solar water heaters using the sun’s heat to provide hot water;
  • Tankless or demand-type water heaters that heat water directly without the use of a storage tank;
  • Tankless coil and indirect water heaters that use a home’s space heating system to heat water; and
  • Heat pump water heaters that move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly for providing hot water.

Other considerations include a properly sized water heater for your needs; fuel type, availability and cost (electric, solar, natural gas, or propane) to be used in your home; its energy efficiency rating; and cost including its annual operating costs.

However, there is a growing trend towards tankless hot water heaters with their lower operating cost, never ending hot water supply, reduced environmental impact, space saving, and great warranties.

How Water Heaters in Calgary
To learn more about hot water heaters in Calgary and the benefits they offer, contact Just in Time Furnace in Calgary at 403-333-6666 to schedule an appointment or to learn how our services can keep your home comfortable, safe, and energy efficient. You can also use our contact form to request a free quote.

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