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A Comprehensive Guide from United Plumbing, Saratoga: Enhancing Your Water Heater’s Energy Efficiency

August 4, 2023

Your water heater is likely the second-largest energy user in your home, second only to your heating and cooling system, did you know? Therefore, significant reductions in your household’s energy usage and a decrease in your utility bills can be achieved by optimizing its energy efficiency. To provide insights into how to improve your water heater’s energy efficiency, United Plumbing, experts in plumbing services in Saratoga, are here.

Energy Efficiency of Water Heaters: An Understanding

The Energy Factor (EF), a measure of the unit’s efficiency in converting energy to heat, determines a water heater’s energy efficiency. This measurement also considers the heat loss per hour from the stored water in comparison to the water’s heat content (known as standby loss). The water heater is more energy-efficient the higher the EF.

Efficiency of Water Heaters: Strategies to Improve

1. Thermostat Lowering

Energy costs can be reduced by up to 5% for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit decrease in your water heater’s temperature setting. While most water heaters are preset at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, a setting of 120 degrees typically provides sufficiently hot water for most uses.

2. Water Heater Insulation

A water heater’s efficiency can be significantly improved by reducing heat loss with an insulation blanket. Before installing insulation, make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions or consult with a professional plumber, as safety issues can arise from improper installation.

3. Flushing and Regular Maintenance

By removing sediment buildup, which can cause the unit to work harder than needed, regular maintenance, including yearly flushing of your water heater, can aid in improving efficiency.

4. Heat Traps Installation

Heat traps, which allow cold water to enter the tank but prevent unwanted hot water flow out of it, reduce standby heat loss. Although many new water heaters have built-in heat traps, they can also be installed on older models.

5. Upgrading Consideration

Considering upgrading to a new, more energy-efficient model might be timely if your water heater is over a decade old. High-efficiency tank models and tankless water heaters are among the options.

Assistance from United Plumbing

We at United Plumbing are committed to assisting Saratoga residents in optimizing their water heating systems’ efficiency. Our services encompass:

  • Consultation by Professionals: We provide guidance on the optimal water heater systems and energy-saving techniques that suit your specific needs.
  • Installation by Experts: We deliver professional installation services, in compliance with all local regulations and safety standards.
  • Maintenance on a Regular Basis: We offer routine maintenance services and check-ups to ensure your water heater is operating at its best.

Today, Contact United Plumbing!

Improving your water heater’s energy efficiency benefits not just your wallet, but also contributes to environmental conservation. To maximize your water heating system in Saratoga, contact United Plumbing today and allow our experts to assist you.”

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Nancy Ghodrat
Nancy Ghodrat
2023-12-09
Bella is very knowledgeable about tankless water heaters. She determined that the heater that I purchased from Amazon was the wrong model. She went above and beyond the call of duty. She drove me in her car to the UPS store so I can return the heater and then drove me to the supplier store in San Jose (Pace Supply) so I can buy the correct one. She is very honest and showed me the wholesale price of the heater and used her coupon to get me the wholesale price. Umed, the technician, is an expert and did a great job installing the unit. He arrived on time, was very polite, and cleaned the area after his work was done. Bella and Umed put the customer first and provided an excellent service. I highly recommend United Plumbing because of Bella and Umed, their honesty, great service and expertise.
Catherine Hu
Catherine Hu
2023-11-24
Technician Beck came on thanksgiving day, working from 3pm till almost 9pm, to replace a new water heater. In the middle of the installment, he even had to go back to his office and pick up new parts. It was very difficult to set up the tubes at my place since the space for the tubes/water heater was limited. Technician was very patient and friendly the whole time. The pipes after Beck’s work are better designed. I am very grateful they are willing to come on a big holiday like thanksgiving, getting the challenging work done without any complaints. Otherwise it would be a cold shower thanksgiving for us. Highly recommend.
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DR BLOCK (DRBLOCK)
2023-10-31
United was quick to do an inspection and quote to replace our 20 year old tank water heater for a tankless and was able to start the job the same day. Professional and great service and the price was the lowest I received out of 3 or 4. Highly recommend!
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gzarris
2023-10-30
Quality work. Respectful of the property, and clean. Showed up on time. Alex gave good advice, answered numerous questions and only charged for the work performed per agreement. We will call them again.
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Alvin & Mae Reyes
2023-10-21
Yuri was great! Yuri came to inspect the pipes that were hearing while the water is running but unfortunately we weren’t able to hear anything at the time of the inspection. Yuri was able to install a new faucet in my kids bathroom. If you are looking for a plumbing company use United Plumbing, from the office to the field the service was great! I will definitely use Yuri and United plumbing again in the future.
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2023-10-18
Amazing service for my low water pressure problem. Highly professional and timely
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CB Chang
2023-10-07
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2023-10-03
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2023-10-03
They were able to come the same day I called. Service was quick and to the point, and the price was reasonable.
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