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What Is Standby Energy Loss, and How Do I Avoid It?

It is tough to imagine any system or appliance in one’s home doing more work than the water heater. Yes, we run our air conditioners a lot for much of the year around here. The water heater truly is in action every day, though. With that in mind, it only makes sense that you should do everything possible to get the most efficient and affordable performance possible from your water heater in Fresno, CA. More and more homeowners are realizing that eliminating the risk of standby energy loss is a big part of doing so.

What Is Standby Energy Loss?

Standby energy loss is a problem that stems from the hot water tank holding the water heated by your water heater. Now, modern water heater tanks are more effective in retaining heat than ever before, and there are actually insulating materials and jackets that you can use to further boost the efficiency of your hot water tank. That being said, even the best hot water tanks will experience some level of standby energy loss, a phenomenon in which heat from the water stored in the tank transfers through that tank, and out into the air surrounding it. So how do you avoid the problem entirely?

Eliminate Standby Energy Loss by Eliminating the Storage Tank!

But if I can’t store hot water, you may be thinking, how will I have it when I need it? Simple. You just use a tankless, or on-demand, water heater in order to heat only the water that you need, as you need it. When there is no need to store hot water, there is no risk of standby energy loss. While tankless water heaters are certainly more expensive than tank models, they are also more efficient and have longer lifespans, lasting 20+ years on average. Over time, you can recoup that initial investment in energy savings.

Schedule your water heater services with Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning.We strive to provide honest answers and solutions to the problems our customers experience while remaining highly competitive in price, and offer the fastest turnaround you can find!


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