Guide to Conventional Storage Water Heaters

Guide to Conventional Storage Water Heaters

Storage Water HeatersConventional storage water heaters continue to be the most common type of water heating system for the home. In this blog post, we will discuss:

  • How storage water heaters work
  • What criteria to use when selecting a model
  • Important installation tips

How do they work?

A conventional storage water heater is a water heating appliance that uses a storage tank to provide instantaneous delivery of hot water. When you turn on a hot water faucet, the water is released from the top of the tank. To replace the hot water, cold water enters into the bottom of the tank and begins to heat up. This ensures the tank is always full of water.

As water is constantly being heater in the tank, energy is wasted due to standby heat loss. To reduce the heat loss, look for models with tanks that have a thermal resistance (R-Value of R-12 to R-25). This will significantly reduce standby heat loss and annual operating costs.

Selecting the right storage water heater

So you’ve decided you want to buy a conventional storage water heater. Before buying a unit, consider:

Conventional storage water heaters are the most popular water heater on the market as they are the most inexpensive at the onset. However, it is important to note that these units do not have nearly as long of a life as some other water heaters on the market, and they are the most expensive to operate and maintain over time.

Installation tips

The proper installation and maintenance of a storage water heater can optimize its energy efficiency. It is best to have a qualified plumbing and heating contractor install your unit.


Selecting the right water heater for your family’s needs can make a big difference. Certified technicians, such as those at Universal Plumbing and Heating, assess your needs and determine the best water heater for you. Once you make a decision, Universal Heating can begin working on installing your water heater right away. Call Universal Plumbing and Heating at 604-873-3551.

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