Count on Poore’s Propane to take care of your water heater

hot water working in winterIn winter, your furnace or boiler is working its hardest. You know what else is? Your water heater.

If you’re surprised, you’re not alone. If you’re wondering why this is the case, we have three reasons:

  1. Colder water. No matter if you get the water for your Delmarva home from a well or the public water supply, the water coming into your home is colder in the winter. This is called “lower inlet temperature.” Because of this, your water heater has more work to do to get that water heated to your set temperature, using more energy to do so.
  2. Standing heat loss. Most homes around here use the conventional water heater with a tank. And they’re usually found in the basement, where it’s unheated. As the water sits in your heater, it’s losing heat. Until it’s reheated so it’s ready to use. That reheating takes more work for your water heater.
  3. We’re using more hot water. When it’s chilly outside, taking a longer shower and enjoying the comfort of hot water is common. We’ve had people over more during the holidays. Kids were home during the holiday break. That means much more hot water has been needed for bathing, laundry and dishwashing, which increase the demand on your water heater.

All of these mean you may be seeing a hike in your energy bills. After all, heating water accounts for about 20 percent of your annual energy costs. But there are things you can do to minimize that.

Regular maintenance of your water heater by Poore’s Propane service professionals help ensure that your water heater runs at peak efficiency!

And if your water heater is between eight and 12 years old, it’s time to think about replacing it. This is a great opportunity to upgrade to an energy-efficient tankless water heater that not only delivers endless hot water on demand, but also saves you up to 34 percent on your water heating energy costs!

Let Poore’s Propane help keep your water running hot, and your home as comfortable as can be. Contact us today to see how we can help you in upgrading to a new water heater for your home this season.