We’re Sunny Plumbers, and we like to maintain a sunny outlook on things. That doesn’t mean that everything can be perfect all of the time, though. Not in the real world—and not with your plumbing system! You’re going to encounter plumbing problems that will require professional service from time to time. And you’re going to learn things that may annoy you, too. One of those things is standby energy loss.
Not sure what that is? Well, that doesn’t mean that you’re not already experiencing it! Today we’re going to dive deeper into the world of standby energy loss, how it affects your water heater in Tucson, and what you can do about it. As usual, there are options to consider and solutions to be had. You just need a knowledgeable party to help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. When you work with us, there’s lots of sunshine coming in!
1. It Affects All Tank Water Heaters
Tank water heaters are great. Modern models are more efficient than ever before. They’re reliable. But no system is perfect. With a tank water heater, one of the drawbacks is standby energy loss. Efficient as modern systems may be, they will experience some amount of standby energy loss. What exactly does that mean?
It means that heat in a water heater’s tank acts just like heat anywhere else. It is naturally going to move from one place to another. More specifically, it’s going to move from a warmer space to a cooler one. In the context of water heaters, that means moving from inside the tank to outside of it.
So, while modern water heaters are well-insulated and well-made, some amount of heat will still transfer through that tank. And when it does, the water in the tank cools off. And when that happens, you have to pay to bring that water back up to temp. That is how standby energy loss drags down energy efficiency.
2. You Can Cut Back on Standby Energy Loss
First of all, if you’re having a new water heater installed, consider the location that you’re putting that system in. If you have the option, which not everyone does, put it in a heated area. If that’s not an option, try to have it installed in a space that isn’t the coldest spot in the house. A utility closet vs. a large, empty space, for instance.
Additionally, you can add insulation to your water heater. No, not on the inside! You can buy insulating jackets for water heater tanks that help limit any amount of standby energy loss that the system encounters.
3. There Is One Sure-fire Solution…
…but it is a lot more of an investment than some insulating materials. We’re talking about tankless water heaters. Tankless water heaters are an investment. They have pretty high price tags. But they give you major returns over time. They have very long lifespans, lasting beyond two decades when properly cared for. And, over that time, they save you money by completely eliminating any and all standby energy loss.