Factors that Make Electric Water Heating Fast and ConvenientAugust 17, 2018
Straight to the heart of the matter, with no flowery introduction, what factors make electric water heating systems fast, convenient, and desirable? It’s a question every consumer asks, so let’s not waste time on intros. First of all, from a big picture perspective, those inbuilt resistive electrical elements are convenient. They’re also not quite as maintenance heavy as other water heating options, nor do they require much operator know-how.
Electric Element Convenience
There’s another type of water heating energy, a fuel source that burns as a naked flame. Inside its little enclosure, a pilot flame burns. Oftentimes, that flame goes out, just because a fickle breeze has blown through an open door. Convenient electric water heating systems use solid-state resistive elements, which are entirely sealed, so there’s no open flame to worry about. An electrical charge flows, the resistive element quickly gets hot, and the energy is instantly transferred to the water tank.
Every home has an electricity line. The power lights the home and operates air conditioning units. It powers electronic gadgets and gives life to noisy appliances. Other fuel sources are optional. Maybe that’s a gross oversimplification, but, at the end of the day, a home absolutely needs electricity, not a fossil fuel line. Furthermore, electricity is a familiar utility. It’s a simple matter to run a new cable from the home distribution board to a nearby electric water heater.
Speedy Electric Heating Systems
Push a button or let a thermostat do the work. The solid-state elements are attached to or submerged inside the water tank, where they can instantly warm the cold water. As for other systems, they light an open flame, which loses energy to the air, then the tank water heats. It takes two, perhaps three stages to convert the fuel into energy and get that energy into the water. Having said that, fueled systems tend to be more efficient. That’s because electrical power stations are energy gluttons. They lose energy and discharge toxic clouds. Essentially, electric water heating appliances are fast and efficient, but their power supplying roots are not efficient, nor are they typically environmentally friendly.
In an age where everything is “solid-state,” including electronic components and modular appliances, solid electrical elements are faster and more efficient than flames. Still, that advantage is offset by those dirty power generating plants. If electrically heated water is your best bet, consider supplementing the electricity by installing an array of solar panels. The electricity will then free the atmosphere of harmful fossil-fuel generated waste and make your electric water heating as fast as it is convenient.
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