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Water Heater Efficiency Tips

water-heaterOf the many different systems and appliances that we use these days to make our lives more comfortable and convenient,  the water heater is certainly one of the most important. In fact, unlike your heating or air conditioning system, the water heater doesn’t even get an off-season. That is why it is so important that your water heater is properly sized and installed in your home. You can’t afford to encounter a subpar performance from your water heater, after all.

Speaking of “afford,” though, we should also point out that you don’t want to be paying more than you should have to in order to heat water for use throughout your home. While hot water is obviously going to come at some cost, there are a few ways in which you can help to make your water heater in Phoenix more efficient. Read on, and be sure to reach out to the pros here at The Sunny Plumber Phoenix with any questions that you may have. We’re happy to handle all of your water heater services.

Insulate!

If you are sick and tired of a high cost associated with your water heater, you may be overlooking one of the simplest ways in which to boost its energy efficiency. Make sure that the hot water pipe leading away from the water heater, as well as the tank itself, is insulated. While it is not likely to be approaching freezing in any part of your home in this area, the fact is that the air surrounding the water heater will be cooler than the water in the system. By insulating the tank and pipes, you help to prevent heat from transferring out of the water and into the air.

Lower the Temperature

The temperature that water heaters come preset at can vary. If you’re looking at the thermostat and see anything over 120°F, then you can definitely get away with lowering the temperature. There is absolutely no need to have your system set to 140°F. It may not sound like much, but remember it’s not just about heating water. It’s also about maintaining that heat all day, every day. Drop the temperature a bit to drop your expenses considerably.

Consider a Tankless System

Okay, this is a bit of a cheat on our part, as it is not going to boost the efficiency of an existing system. If you are serious about improving the efficiency with which you heat water in your home, and you don’t mind making a bit of an upfront investment, then upgrading to a tankless water heater makes a lot of sense. Tankless water heaters heat water on-demand, and that means that you don’t need to worry about standby energy loss at all. They’re more expensive, but they also last considerably longer than tank models and the improved efficiency over a longer lifespan can mean big savings in the long run.

Schedule your water heater services with a member of our team. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.

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