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Should I Be Concerned with Standby Energy Loss?

This day and age, everyone is looking for ways in which to live in the comfort and convenience that they are accustomed to, while also spending less in order to do so. That is why issues such as standby energy loss from tank water heaters are so commonly mentioned. Standby energy loss is something to consider, but it also isn’t quite the eliminating factor that some would lead you to believe.

We install both tank and tankless water heaters in Bolingbrook, IL. Like any other appliance, both tank and tankless water heaters have their pros and cons. Consider the following information carefully, and be sure to contact our team with any questions that you may have.

Standby Energy Loss

One of the major complaints lodged against traditional tank water heaters is the fact that they waste energy. It is true that some level of standby energy loss is unavoidable with a tank water heater. Standby energy loss refers to the loss of heat from the water in the tank to the air surrounding that tank.

Heat is naturally going to move from a warmer environment to a cooler one. That means that some of the heat in that hot water will transfer through the tank to the cooler air surrounding it. Because modern hot water tanks are more efficient than they used to be, though, this heat loss is minimal. Plus, insulating blankets can be added to most standard hot water tanks, in order to further boost energy efficiency.

Tankless water heaters do eliminate the risk of standby energy loss entirely, as they do not have a tank at all. They are also much more expensive than tank water heaters, though. For some people, using a tank model and losing that bit of energy may make more sense than making a bigger, long-term investment in better efficiency.

To discuss your water heater options, give the pros here at DuAll Heating & Cooling a call today.

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