On demand or tankless water heaters are compact in size, taking up less space than conventional tank type water heaters. They eliminate energy wasted when hot water cools down in long pipe runs or while water is sitting in the storage tank. Tankless hot water heaters only produce heat when it is being used. When the water is no longer needed, the units are shut off and stop producing hot water.

These water heaters can be 24% – 34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters. But, tankless water heaters may cost more up front (around $800 to $1200) than storage tanks and can have higher installation costs.

The need for stored hot water can be decreased dramatically through solutions for resurfacing water treatment and switching to unheated water for the flood water. This makes a tankless water heater a viable option for any other need of warmer or hot water around the ice resurfacer station.

Benefits:

  • Reduced energy cost
  • Less space required
  • Expect life 20+ years, almost double a traditional water heater’s life
  • Hot water on demand – 2 – 3 gallons (apx. 9 litres) of hot water per minute

Savings: 

  • Natural gas or electricity (depending upon what tank water heater is powered by)

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