3 Steps to Improve the Hot Water Availability in Your Home

A cold shower is more bearable in the summertime, but as the weather turns cooler, it can be an uncomfortable experience. You could choose to buy a water heater with a larger tank or you could take other measures to increase the likelihood that you can get through your shower without being drenched with cold water. Here are some tips for getting your hot water to last longer.  

Insulate the Water Heater

Your hot water supply could be lowered if the tank in which the water is housed is being subjected to cold temperatures. The solution to this problem is to insulate your water heater. An insulation kit can be obtained from your local home improvement store.  

When installing the insulation, avoid placing the insulation near the vent on the hot water heater. Regardless of if you have a gas or electric water heater, the insulation could be a fire hazard if it is placed too close to the vent.  

Install a Hot Circulation Pump

A hot circulation pump is a simple addition to your water heater that is designed to keep hot water circulating through the plumbing lines in your home. Since the water is in constant circulation through the plumbing, you should not have any future problems with the hot water.  

Depending on the pump system you opt for, you could have the option to program it to only circulate the hot water during certain times to conserve on your energy costs. You can also direct the water flow to circulate near fixtures that are further away from the water heater. Your plumber can help you find the appropriate system for your home.  

Drain the Water Heater

Over time, sediment and other debris can build up in the bottom of your water heater's tank. The sediment can impact the efficiency of your water heater and decrease the amount of tank space there is for storing hot water. The decreased efficiency means your water heater is working harder to try to maintain the water at a certain temperature.  

To prevent this, you need to drain your water heater on an annual basis. Completely draining the tank will help to flush the sediment and boost the efficiency and available tank space.  

If the hot water still does not hold out throughout the duration of your shower, talk to your plumber. He or she can inspect the water heater and make recommendations to help improve the availability of hot water.