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  • How to Keep Your Water Heater Efficient This Fall


  • How to Keep Your Water Heater Efficient This Fall

    October 25, 2019

    how to keep your water heater efficient

    Is there anything worse than stepping into a cold shower? You expect to be wrapped in the embrace of steaming, hot water, baptized in its comfort, but then you’re met with a nearly-not-metaphorical cold shoulder. How can you keep this from happening? We’ve got the inside scoop for you. Here’s how to keep your water heater efficient this fall:

    Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

    As the weather gets colder, your instincts are going to be to hike up the heat, in all areas. You might even think, My clothes aren’t getting clean if I’m not washing them in hot, bacteria-killing water. While this is true for cleaning your body, it’s not for your clothing. Give your water heater a little break by washing your clothes in cold water. That way, you can use hot water when and where you need it most.

    Wait 10 Minutes Between Showers

    Fall may mean there are more bodies indoors. Your grown children might be home for college or just home for the holidays. You might be hosting one of the upcoming holidays, so you have several relatives staying at your house and using your precious hot water. With all this additional activity, your water heater is going to need some time to catch up. Remind your guests to wait 10 minutes between showers, from one person to the next, so your water heater can warm up the shower water beforehand.

    Take Showers, Not Baths

    Unless you take lightning-speed, two-inch deep baths, showering is going to be your most efficient mode of cleaning yourself—in terms of saving time and saving your water heater the extra effort. Usually, when people think “bath,” they imagine hot, steaming water filled to the brim, suds or colorful bath bombs adorning the water’s surface, perhaps a tray that bridges the tub’s edges and offers a resting place for a good book. Well, that human soup you’re making requires gallons of hot water. Stick to your 15-minute shower and let your water heater take some time off for the holidays too.

    Insulate Your Pipes

    If your pipes are cold, you water is going to be cold. It’s as simple as that. Even though your water heater has, obviously, a heating mechanism, the cold pipes will mean that it’s going to take longer for water to warm up. A little trick to help warm your water up faster is to insulate your pipes. There are wraps for exactly this purpose that you can purchase online for next to nothing.

    Get a Tankless Water Heater

    The best way to ensure the efficiency of your water heater this fall is to install a new, efficient one. A tankless water heater is going to be your best bet here. Whereas a water heater with a water tank has to take time to heat its supply, a tankless water heater produces and heats water simultaneously. It doesn’t get better than that!

    If you’re ready for a new water heater this season, reach out to the seasoned professionals at Crawford!