Prepare Water Heaters for the Winter

Taking action with a few easy steps this fall may save you money and some cold showers this winter.

Heat Up the Water and Cool Down the Energy Bill.

Your water heating system is something you rarely think about yet use the most on a daily basis. It provides your household with hot water for taking showers, washing dishes and doing laundry. It can also easily account for a fifth of your energy bill.

Here are a few easy steps to help save you money and keep the warm water flowing all winter long.

  1. Insulate the pipes – Installing pipe sleeves is an inexpensive way to make your water heating system more energy efficient. They're easy to install and can be found at most hardware stores. Well-insulated pipes reduce heat loss and help reduce the chances of pipes freezing during low winter temperatures.
  2. Routine maintenance – Over time sediment can build up reducing your water heater’s ability to efficiently heat water. Be sure the heating elements are clear of any debris by flushing out the system.
  3. Insulate the unit – Grab a blanket. (Sorry, your grandmother’s quilt won’t work.) There are special insulative blankets made for this and they can reduce heat loss by up to 45 percent.
  4. Close any gaps – Most water heaters are located in basements or near external walls. Cold air may enter through holes or gaps in nearby walls and windows making your water heater work harder to maintain temperatures. Simply filling in the gaps with caulk or spray foam insulation can do the trick.

If your water heating system is in need of maintenance, repair or replacement, Bradley Mechanical is here to help. We have been serving all of Central Virginia’s heating and plumbing needs since 1969 and our experienced plumbers will make sure your system is running efficiently just in time for winter. Call today and “We’ll Get You Outta the Fix You’re In.”

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