Many people don’t understand just how much their water heater can cost them with regards to their heating bill. If you live in the Grand Traverse County, Michigan area, you can save yourself a good deal of money each month by reducing your water heater’s temperature.
Is it really worth it to reduce my water heater’s temperature?
Next to your furnace, the water heater is the largest user of natural gas you have in your home. In fact, heating the water in your home uses as much as 25% of your home’s energy dollars. This amount adds up quickly and you will feel it each month when you open your bill. By reducing the temperature you will be saving a good percentage of money each month that you can put towards other things.
Is it really a good idea to reduce my water heater’s temperature?
Some manufacturers set the water heater thermostats at 140ºF. However, most homes only need them to be set at 120ºF. Not only will reducing the temperature save you money, but it is actually safer and it helps to slow mineral build up in the water heater and pipes. Most of the costs associated with your water heater also come from keeping the water hot even when no one is going to be using the hot water. The average household will generally use the hot water for about one or two hours. This means the water heater is actually wasting a lot of energy, and your money, heating the water when it isn’t necessary.
When you have questions or need help, turn to the experts
If you have further questions about reducing the temperature of your water heater, or you need other heating or cooling assistance, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been providing our services to customers in the Grand Traverse County area for more than three decades.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water heaters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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