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Standby Energy Loss: What You Need to Know

sunny-plumber-doorwayOkay, okay, hear us out! This is an important topic! We know that “standby energy loss” might sound a little boring, but every homeowner with a water heater in the house should really be familiar with it. Why? Because it is an easily overlooked contributor to poor water heater efficiency. Today, we’ll talk about what standby energy loss is, what it means for your water heater in Las Vegas, and what you can do about it.

One option is to invest in a very unique type of water heater, which we’ll get into a bit more below. Others are much more affordable and won’t really require professional service. If you do decide to replace your water heater, though, be sure to work with trained experts you can trust. Around here, that’s as simple as hiring a Sunny Plumber. We do it all, and we do it right! Contact us today to discuss your water heater options.

Standby Energy Loss Through Heat Transfer

Pop quiz—which direction does heat move in? That’s right. From a warm area to a cooler one.  And you know what’s a lot warmer than the air in your house, even when your house is fairly warm? The hot water in your water heater tank. See where we’re going with this? The heat from the water in that tank is going to try and make its way into the air surrounding that tank. What’s stopping it from doing so? Your tank itself!

Or, more specifically, that tank’s insulation.

Insulation serves one purpose, and it’s an important one. It stops heat transfer. Insulation works in both directions. Your home’s insulation will keep heat in the house during the winter, and will keep the heat out of your house in the summer. Insulation is not 100% effective, though. Some heat gets through. And that’s what happens with standby energy loss. Some heat from your water heater’s stored water passes through the tank and into the air surrounding it.

What Can I Do About It?

Because standby energy loss means heat transferring out of your hot water reserves, it also means reheating that water to replace that lost heat. And that’s a problem, because you’re essentially paying to reheat water, rather than heating it once and just maintaining that temperature. There are some ways to combat this, though.

Insulate, Insulate, Insulate

Modern water heater tanks are better at stopping standby energy loss than they used to be. You can help them out further, though, by adding insulation. Insulating jackets can be purchased to insulate the water heater itself more. You should also insulate the pipes coming from your water heater, too. Doing so will make sure the water is hotter upon delivery, meaning you might even be able to dial down the temperature of the water heater.

Go Tankless

If you are serious about efficiency in your home, it’s tough to argue against a tankless water heater.  These systems don’t use tanks at all, and that’s really the only way in which you can completely eliminate the risk of standby energy loss. These systems are expensive, but will save you money in the long run. They last a really long time, too!

Schedule your water heater services with The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas. Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.

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