Water heating accounts for a significant portion of your energy bill. As a result, it’s well worth it to increase your heater’s operating efficiency. Fortunately, you can increase the efficiency of your water heater by using the following helpful tips.
Insulate the Water Heater
Adding insulation to your water heater and the pipes leading out of it is an excellent way to reduce heat loss and water-heating costs significantly. When insulating your water heater, avoid covering the top if you have a gas or oil heater.
Flush the Tank
The sediment that accumulates at the bottom of your water heater over time can make it harder for your unit to heat water properly. Consequently, the unit may take longer to heat water. Flushing sediment from your tank improves the heater’s efficiency. It’s recommended that you have a professional flush your tank once a year.
Turn Down the Water Temperature
Consider lowering your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees. You can save as much as 5% on energy costs for every 10 degrees you lower the temperature. If you’re going to be out of town for four or more days, turn the thermostat down to the lowest setting. If your heater has “vacation” settings, you can easily switch to them.
Inspect Your Water Heater Regularly
Leaks may be difficult to spot when they’re small, but they could lead to catastrophic water damage. For that reason, check for water around your heater regularly. Also, listen for strange sounds.
Schedule Maintenance Checkups
Have a maintenance checkup carried out on your water heater every year. A specialist will check the different parts of your heater and ensure your unit is functioning correctly. Most manufacturers require that you hire a certified professional to perform maintenance inspections for the warranty to remain in effect.
The steps above will improve your water heater’s efficiency and extend its life. If you need assistance keeping your water heater running efficiently in the Indianapolis area, contact the certified and licensed plumbers at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We work with all models and brands of water heaters.