With temperatures here in Northern Arizona dipping into the low teens with increased frequency this winter, you’re likely enjoying hot showers and long, hot soaks in the bathtub at every opportunity.
If this is in fact the case, it’s important to know that propane is the best energy choice for heating water—especially during the coldest months of the year—because of its outstanding energy efficiency when compared to electric water heaters. During the winter is when your water heater works harder than at any other time of year, and it might have a direct impact on your energy bills.
The area where your water heater is located is likely cooler this time of year—especially if your unit is on an exterior wall or a poorly-insulated basement. As the heated water in your water heater tank sits there waiting to be used, it loses heat. That’s what’s known as standing heat loss. The more standing heat loss there is, the harder your water heater will have to work to ensure your water is kept hot enough for when you use it next.
In the winter, your water supply has a lower inlet temperature. That means it’s colder as it is pumped into your home. To achieve the desired hot temperature, your water heater will have to work inherently harder to go from extreme cold, to extreme warm.
You’re likely taking longer, and hotter showers now than you would during the summer. You may also be using appliances that use hot water more frequently, such as running more dishwasher loads or doing more laundry when you have relatives or friends visiting to escape winter where they live. All this usage means extra work for your water heater.
Between these three factors, you might not be able to fully avoid rising energy bills, especially since around 20% of your energy expenses are due to water heating. However, you can minimize those energy costs. Make sure your water heater is running at peak efficiency. A skilled, professional technician can help your water heater function more efficiently and last longer by performing routine maintenance.
When you’re ready for a new water heater, Superior Propane, Inc. can assist you in upgrading to a propane tankless water heater—and getting you any applicable rebates—that may save you up to 40% on your water heating energy costs! Get in touch with us to learn more.