The water heater is one of the unsung heroes of any home. It is responsible for heating water for all domestic uses we rely heavily on: cooking, cleaning, hygiene and comfort. Because of our reliance on this appliance, it is likely responsible for a good chunk of your energy bill. In fact, after your home’s HVAC system, the water heater may be the biggest consumer of energy in your home.
Masters Heating & Cooling Inc, has taken care of the HVAC and plumbing in the greater Fort Wayne and Indianapolis areas since 1980, and we have just about seen it all when it comes to water heaters. If you want to know how much your water heater is costing you to run every month and the ways you can help reduce that expense, you’ve come to the right place.
The amount of energy your water heater uses is almost directly proportional to the amount of people living in your home. If you have a small family and conservatively-sized home, you don’t need as much hot water. On the flip side, if you have a big family and many bathrooms, etc., your water heater will stay busy to keep up with all the laundry loads, dishwasher cycles and hot showers. Also, keep in mind that even when you are not using hot water, your water heater is still at work, keeping the water in the tank heated and ready when you need it. Here are a few tips for efficient water heater usage:
- Decrease the temperature setting on the water heater; this will save you about 3 to 5 percent for every 10 degree-reduction
- Install a timer that turns the water heater off when no one is home
- Make sure there are no leaking/dripping water fixtures or appliances in your home
WATER HEATER REPLACEMENT
The average lifespan – depending on geographic location and water demographics – is between 10-15 years. If your water heater is older than that and is showing signs of wear and tear, it is definitely a candidate for replacement. Also, any leak, no matter how small, is a sure sign that your water heater is damaged or failing and could result in a major leak and severe water damage. Either way, it is time to call Masters and have our licensed technicians take a look. If you need a new water heater, we are proud to offer a full line of A.O. Smith tank water heaters and Navien tankless models. These brands feature the latest and most efficient water heater technology available and will be certain to help you save money on your energy bills moving forward.
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