It’s possible to save money on your home’s energy bills by using some of these water heater maintenance tips.
We use hot water every day, but have you ever wondered just how much your water heater is costing you each year? Even if you don’t know the exact number, we can bet it’s more than you’d like to be paying. An energy-efficient model or tankless water heater can reduce costs, but most people don’t get a new water heater until they need it. Here’s some advice on how to save money from Dean’s Home Services.
Insulate The Tank
In most cases, even when your water heater is not being used it’s still storing hot water. Chances are, that stored water is cooling off as it sits which means your water heater has to kick back on to heat the water constantly. You can purchase pipe insulation, a blanket, or jacket for your water heater that can reduce heat loss by 25% to 50%.
Use Less Hot Water
Do you crave hot, steamy showers? Do you wash your dishes with water at the warmest temperature? Whether you realize it or not, these tasks are costing you. Lower the temperature a few degrees to cut down on the hot water demand in your home.
Flush Your Water Heater
Generally speaking, dean’s Plumbers recommended you flush your water heater once a year. However, if your home has very hard water that is full of minerals, you may need to flush your water heater more frequently to prevent the buildup of sediment.
Why Flush Water Heater?
If you don’t schedule regular maintenance to flush your water heater, sediment will build up inside of the tank. After a while, the sediment can cause you to lose water pressure in your system — or even cause a pipe burst. If enough sediment builds up, your water heater could stop working altogether. Flushing your water heater is something that can be done by a plumber with Dean’s Home Services, this is something we do daily for Dean’s Club Members during Dean’s Club evaluations.
Insulate The Pipes
Insulated hot water pipes can raise the water temperature at your showerhead or faucet by 2 to 4 degrees on the same setting compared with pipes that are not insulated. Don’t want to go around insulating all of the hot water pipes throughout the entire house? Don’t worry, you only need to do the first 5 to 10 feet from the water heater.
Maintaining the plumbing in your will help prevent costly issues and plumbers with Dean’s Home Services have the knowledge you need to handle all your service needs.
Is your home’s plumbing and heating system ready to take on cooler temperatures? Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning out of summer and into the new season and there are some things you can do around your home to help prepare. After all, you won’t want to be stuck with a major plumbing or heating headache when winter gets here.
After you’ve washed off the deck and all of the outdoor summer furniture, remember to turn your hose off from the main water line. Your pipes can freeze and burst if there is is any stagnant water in the line.
Save energy by keeping your thermostat set no higher than 68 degrees when you need heat and if the house gets too warm in the next couple of weeks, open up your windows instead of turning on the AC.
Check windows and doors to make sure the seals are still working properly. Drafts can cause your energy bills to increase.
Keep your water heater set to around 140 degrees. You can help reduce energy by wrapping it in an insulated blanket that will keep heat in.
Have your plumbing and heating equipment serviced by a professional. It’s the best way to make sure everything is ready to take on the new season.
Need help tackling fall plumbing or heating maintenance projects around your home? The expert technicians at Dean’s are here to help! Want to hear about what some of our customers have said about our work? Read below:
“Great service from start to finish. Trevor and Joe were great techs. Thank you for the wonderful fast service!!”
“Today was a routine “wellness check” of my systems to prepare for the upcoming winter. The customer service was pleasant and efficient and the technician, Glenn, was knowledgeable and helpful. There were no problems and today’s appointment went just fine. However, we have had big, emergency, messy problems in the last few years and have relied on Dean’s to handle all of it. No matter what the hour or the problem, Dean’s has been there for us and has always treated us fairly. Glenn has been a particular Godsend, as some of our problems have been very complicated and difficult to diagnose. We recommend Dean’s every chance we get.”
“This company is visibly well run and with excellent staff. We had a phenomenal experience with their overall service. They were the only company who could be to our house same day to look at our expired air conditioner, provided very fair pricing and options for it and were thorough in explaining those options as well as the associated range of pricing. They communicated times they would be arriving our house promptly in advance, were punctual on the times specified for the evaluation and also the new install. Overall were clean, tidy, efficient and polite. Fantastic company and service.”
Throwing a graduation party for your recent grad this summer? There are a few things you should consider doing around your house before the guests arrive to make sure everything goes smoothly. After all, there’s nothing worse than having a clogged toilet or a backed up drain with a house full of people.
Clean The Fixtures
You don’t want your guests to have use a bathroom with dirty fixtures right? In addition to making a better appearance, using vinegar to clean sinks and shower heads will maximize water flow and prevent backups.
Check The Toilets
It’s wise to perform a few test flushes before your guests show up. Take note of the water pressure and make sure the flappers and valves are working properly.
Take Caution When Using The Garbage Disposal
Whenever you are entertaining, there is bound to be more garbage. Keep in mind that all meat and other food products should be tossed in the trash and not down the disposal. You may also want to pour some vinegar in there to clean it out.