Your home heating system works hard during the winter to keep your family safe and warm. But it’s not the only home comfort system that works overtime during the shortest, coldest days of the year: your water heater does, too.
Colder temperatures make it harder for an oil-fired water heater to supply your appliances and taps with hot water by forcing your equipment to overcome:
A cold basement – If you own a water heater that has a storage tank, it’s probably sitting in a cold basement where that hot water is constantly cooling as it sits waiting to be used (we call this standing heat loss). To make sure the water is hot when you turn on your tap or appliance, your water heater must sometimes reheat the water, which burns more heating oil and causes your equipment to work harder to do its job.
Colder inlet temperatures – Another challenge your water heater has to overcome in winter is that water entering your home from the municipal supply Is colder – which means it takes more energy to heat the water than it does at other times of the year.
Greater demand for hot water – Most people take longer, hotter showers in the winter than they do at other times of year, and your water heater needs to work harder to make that happen.
One of the best ways to offset some of the challenges of winter is to make sure your water heater is regularly checked by professionals. If you have an oil-fired water heater and haven’t had it checked in a couple of years, make an appointment for water heater maintenance today.