No matter the age of your water heater, you can take steps to improve its efficiency and get more out of this essential home appliance. From adjusting the thermostat to adding insulation, follow these tips to optimize the water heater in your Harahan, Louisiana, home.
Adjust the Thermostat
At Bryans United Air Conditioning, we typically recommend starting by adjusting the water heater’s thermostat. Many storage tank water heaters are set to 140 degrees by default, but there’s no reason you need the temperature that high. Try setting it to 120 degrees instead, and you can look forward to lower utility bills and even a longer lifespan for your water heater.
Most conventional water heaters are designed to keep your family’s water supply warm around the clock. Give your water heater a break by adding insulation to exposed hot water pipes or even to the tank unit itself. This is an easy DIY project, but don’t hesitate to ask our team for product or brand recommendations.
Drain the Tank
Storage tank water heaters accumulate sediment and mineral buildup over time. Though you can’t totally stop this from happening, you can help keep the water flowing freely. Try turning off the power and draining the tank once or twice a year, or call our team for a professional tuneup.
Invest in an Efficient Water Heater
No matter how hard you try, you may not be able to get the energy savings you want in a conventional storage tank water heater. If it’s approaching the end of its life, consider replacing your old model with a tankless water heater. Since these models don’t have storage tanks full of water to keep warm, they’re much more energy-efficient.
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