When you start to think about it, your water heater is one of the most-used appliances in your home. You use it from the moment you wake up until you go to bed. From laundry and dishes to brushing your teeth and showers, your water heater can account for a large portion of your energy bill. With energy prices on the rise, many homeowners are looking to reduce energy consumption wherever they can. At Bell Plumbing & Heating, we want our customers’ homes to work as efficiently as possible. We provide complete plumbing installation and plumbing repairs in Denver and thought it would be helpful to put together some tips for water heater efficiency.
Insulate Your Tank
Tank water heaters have an obvious weakness in their efficiency—heat loss from the tank. Your water heater’s tank sits down in your basement where it’s usually cool and loses heat every hour. Your water heater burner has to make up that heat so that it can continue to provide hot water to your home. By insulating your tank you can potentially reduce the amount of heat loss and keep more of the heat in your tank.
Insulate Your Pipes
Another area that your water heater loses energy is in the pipes that lead from the water heater to your fixtures. By wrapping those pipes with insulation you might be able to reduce the amount of heat loss as the water is in transit.
One of the best ways to make sure that your water heater works as efficiently as possible is to get it regularly maintained by a professional Denver plumber. With all the use it gets, your water heater can start to develop small inconsistencies that can cause it to work harder than it needs to. During regular maintenance visits your plumber will be able to find those problems and fix them before they cause serious damage. Removing those issues also could increase the efficiency of your system.
If you need plumbing repairs or if you need plumbing maintenance, call an expert Denver plumber at Bell Plumbing & Heating. Contact Bell Plumbing & Heating today!