Should You Turn Off the Hot Water Heater While Your Gone?

February 1, 2018

Should You Turn Off the Hot Water Heater While Your Gone?

In a previous article, we discussed the merits of programming your thermostat while you are away. In this month’s edition, we will go over what you should do with your water heater while you are on vacation.

Why You Shouldn’t Turn It Off

The heat of the hot water heater is what prevents bacterial and fungal growth—all of that water and darkness is a breeding ground for those nasty critters. To save energy and ensure that you don’t have unwanted growth in your water heater, many heaters have a “vacation” mode. While it will still be using energy, this is a gentler alternative to keeping your heater cranked the whole time you are gone.

When You Come Home

When you get back home after your vacation, make sure to check and see that nothing has leaked in your absence. Cold snaps and other sudden changes in weather can have an effect on the appliances in your home. It’s always good to periodically look at your devices and ensure that they are still in working order. Be aware that it may take slightly longer for your water to turn hot, as it will need to reheat back to the normal temperature.

The Alternative: A Tankless Water Heater

If wasting all that energy doesn’t appeal to you, it may be time to upgrade to a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters are one of the most cost-effective and energy efficient ways to heat water for your home. Another attractive feature of this system is that, without a tank, it also saves space. Not only that, but rebates of up to $1000 are available for those who invest in a tankless water heater.

If you have questions about your existing hot water heater, or are curious about upgrading, give us a call today!


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