What Is Standby Energy Loss, and Why Should I Care?

There is no denying the fact that one of the greatest luxuries that we enjoy in this day and age is near instantaneous access to hot water throughout our homes. The idea of heating water over a stove just to do the laundry or take a bath is laughable in our modern era. Great as this hot water may be, though, we don’t necessarily want to be paying too much for it.

We live at a time when energy efficiency is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. That is why standby energy loss is still a factor to consider when shopping for a new water heater in Westport, CT. Read the following information, and let us know if you have any questions regarding your water heater options.

Standby Energy Loss Starts at the Tank

The picture that most of us envision when we think of a water heater is of a big storage tank, right? Hot water is heated, and then stored in a hot water tank until we need it. The issue with this is — you guessed it — standby energy loss.

Standby energy loss refers to the energy that is wasted when heat from the water within the storage tank transfers through that tank and out into the air surrounding it. Remember, heat will always naturally move toward cooler areas. Modern hot water tanks are quite efficient, of course, and you can even add insulating blankets and materials to them. If you are serious about eliminating standby energy loss entirely, though, you really need to eliminate the use of a tank.

That is why more and more homeowners are turning to tankless water heaters. These systems are small and can fit in tight spaces, since they don’t store water in a tank. They simply heat the water that you need, as you need it, in an on-demand fashion. This also makes them very efficient.

Schedule your water heater services with T&H Mechanical Systems.