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Tank Water Heaters and Standby Energy Loss

There are many appliances hard at work in most modern homes, but few can be found working consistently as hard as the water heater. Think about all of the tasks around the house that require the use of hot water, from simply washing your hands and showering to doing the laundry and washing the dishes. Clearly, you need to know that you’ll have all of the hot water that you need, whenever you may need it.

Now, the tank water heater is what most homeowners probably think of when they envision a water heater. There is nothing wrong with using a tank water heater. They are dependable, and they are affordable. They are also subject to standby energy loss, though, which is not a problem when you choose a tankless water heater in Bloomington, IL.

Ultimately, there is no way to say for sure which water heater is the best. It is very much a case by case basis, and both tank and tankless models have their pros and cons. We will say, however, that if  you are going to be in your home for some time, and you are interested in better efficiency, a tankless water heater is definitely worth your consideration.

Standby energy loss occurs when heat from the water in the tank transfers out through that tank and into the air surrounding it. The water heater is then essentially tasked with reheating water that has cooled down. We should also note that modern water heater tanks are more efficient than ever, and that insulation can be added via slip-on jackets. There is no way to completely eliminate standby energy loss so long as there is a tank, though.

A tankless water heater can eliminate standby energy loss, though. Over time, this can save a lot of money in energy costs. Tankless water heaters also last a long time, often more than 20-25 years. However, they are also more expensive to purchase than tank water heaters. If you do decide to go tankless, just remember that you are making a long term investment. It is one that we’ve definitely seen pay off for our clients.

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