Helping Your Water Heater Work Better

Trying to keep your energy usage down is a constant struggle. One way to help is by reducing the strain on your water heater, one of the biggest energy users in your home. You can reduce your energy bill significantly by taking care of this appliance and making a minor few adjustments. 

Maintenance

The water heater is one of those appliances that homeowners tend to ignore until a problem arises, such as a serious leak or heating issue. Water heaters require regular maintenance, so you should have your plumber give yours an annual check-up. If your unit has sediment buildup, the plumber can drain it and protect the heater's performance. They can also identify other issues and recommend a replacement if necessary. If your unit is decades old, chances are it is no longer very efficient. You may want to consider switching to a tankless water heater, which can give you significant savings over the course of its lifetime. 

Insulate

Experts recommend that you insulate your natural gas or oil water heater, but you cannot cover certain parts of the appliance without causing a possible fire hazard. To avoid making a dangerous mistake, you should have your plumbing professional do the insulating. You should also insulate the hot and cold water pipes attached to the water heater. These steps will limit energy loss by up to 45% and should have a positive effect on your energy bills. 

Temperature

Lowering the temperature is an energy saving move as well as a safety precaution. One hundred and twenty degrees is the recommended setting. If the temperature is scalding, you or a family member, particular a child, can easily be burned. Also, for every ten degrees you lower the temperature, you can save approximately 5% on your heating and cooling bill. If you are going on a trip that lasts longer than three days, you should turn the thermostat all the way down to save even more energy. Remember that, unlike some other appliances, your water heater is constantly using energy.

The water heater may be the most neglected appliance in your home, so much so that you may not know there is a problem until your basement or utility room is flooded. To avoid a potential disaster, you need to have routine maintenance done on your water heater. You can also take some simple measures to reduce your heater's energy usage. Consult with you plumbing expert about your water heater needs. Contact a business, such as Rapid Plumbing Inc, for more information.     


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