Considering water heater replacement? New technology is always worth investigating, but storage water heaters still offer a number of benefits. Here’s an overview:
Storage systems can be located remote from sinks and appliances, moderating installation costs. It’s usually cheaper to run a simple water supply to a point-of-use, rather than a gas line or heavy electric cable in protective conduit.
Because storage systems hold heated water until it’s needed, they typically work gradually rather than immediately. This requires a lighter power supply, such as a smaller gas burner or moderate electric current flow, and there’s no need for expensive, heavy-duty circuit breakers.
Also, you can program electrically-powered storage units to run during off-peak hours, saving even more.
Storage systems can deliver heated water at a constant rate, even when several taps or appliances are being used at the same time. Being able to use multiple showers or sinks at the same time is a bonus for bigger families.
Great tank insulation is imperative. Heat loss through storage tank walls wastes energy. Advanced jacket and blanket designs have markedly increased efficiency.
Heat rises, and this remains true inside the storage water tank. Properly called “thermal stratification,” this means that hotter water moves to the top of the tank from where it’s drawn. Water delivered to your taps or appliances, then, is still at full temperature even after most of the water column has been cycled out.
Storage water heaters are by far the most common installation. Parts may be easier to find, and the appliances themselves are often less complex to work on.
Denver metro homeowners looking for more information about storage water heaters can contact the Rheem Pro Partner. From Colorado Springs in the south all the way to Casper, Wyoming, our team of home comfort professionals can tackle all of your HVAC and water heater needs.
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