Water Heater Tips
A few water heater tips when you are looking to get the most out of your hot tank water, there are some things you should keep in mind. Although most of the water heaters created today are already energy-efficient, there are still a few tasks that you can perform to help your family save money and get as much as you can out of your water heater. Below are a few water heater tips that you should consider:
- Water Heater Maintenance. It is the most vital component to keep your water heater lasting as long as possible. Sediment removal is the biggest part of the maintenance process. Two examples of sediment that builds up in your water tank are hard metals like lead and iron and debris in the pipes. Sediment removal allows for you to target unwanted gunk and dirt that builds up over a period of time in your hot water heater. Although the sediment is usually not unsafe, it can reduce the flow and efficiency of your system.
- Tank Insulation. An easy way to reduce your homes hot water cost is to insulate your hot water tank. Covering the tank with insulation reduces the amount of energy needed to heat your hot water. This will help to lower your energy bills. The insulation allows for your energy to not be lost so fast when the hot water is not being used in your home. This stops the system from being forced to work so hard.
- Proper Temperature and Heating Source. The default temperature on many hot water heaters is 140°F. However, that’s much higher than you need it to be. In fact, anything above 120°F will burn you, so why keep your water heater turned up so high? Showers, cleaning clothes, and dish washing can all be done with 120°F or less. Most hot water heaters are easy to turn down, so check your manufacturer’s instructions for how to reduce the temperature of your tank.
- Heat Pump Support. If you have a geothermal or standard heat pump installed, you can use the excess energy drawn from your home during the summer months to heat your hot water. Many hot water tanks provide a way to introduce alternative energy sources to the heating elements. Make sure to ask about this option when your technician installs your hot water heater or during a regular maintenance visit. It will likely reduce the cost of hot water for 2-4 months out of the year. Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you won’t use plenty of hot water during that time.
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