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3 Tips for Water Heater Safety (and Savings!) this Winter

Cold weather months are a time where we really start appreciating hot water. Those hot showers in the mornings feel really nice and homecooked meals mean more dishwasher runs. Here are three tips that can save you money and keep your family safe this season.


    1. Wash your clothes in cold water. Heating water can account for 90% of the energy of washing a load of laundry in hot water. Washing in cold water can help cut down on this cost. And yes, your clothes will still get clean in cold water. In fact, cold water is found to be more effective in removing certain stains such as blood and sweat.


    1. Lower the temperature of your water heater. We’ve all enjoyed a nice hot shower only to hear a toilet flush and your nice warm shower is now an ice bath. In addition to considering an anti-scald valve, a safe temperature for your water heater is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is especially important for families with small children learning to take baths and showers. Ensuring sudden pressure changes won’t adjust your water’s temperature will keep everyone safe from unintentional burns.


    1. Invest in Preventative Maintenance. Preventative Maintenance is the routine cleaning, lubrication, and inspection of your home’s plumbing, air conditioning, and heating systems – all completed to keep your equipment operating smoothly. This can lower monthly heating, cooling, and water costs and lengthen the lifespan of your furnace, central air, and water supply units. For peace of mind, find out more about our VIP Preventative Maintenance program here.


Although you can’t avoid higher heating bills this time of year, you can prevent your water heater from breaking down by contacting the experienced team at Valor Mechanical for repairs. We listen to each client’s needs and objectives, and then create a customized solution for those needs. To ensure your water heater is working properly, make Valor Mechanical your first call. 507.218.8400