As a homeowner, you may have noticed that it can take a long time to get hot water in winter. Knowing why this happens can help you fix your problem and get hot water more quickly.
Why does it take so much longer to get hot water in winter?
In winter, there are a variety of factors that negatively influence the amount of time it takes to get hot water in your home's faucets. To begin with, many water pipes are located in the exterior walls, basement or crawl space of the home. These unheated areas can get very cold in the winter. This means that when your home's hot water pipes are not in use, they can get very cold just like the spaces where they are located. As the winter progresses, you're likely to notice that it takes longer and longer to heat up the extra cold hot water pipes and get hot water in your faucet.
In addition, many hot water heaters are located in unheated parts of the home, like the garage and basement. Some hot water heaters are even located outside. Hot water heaters located on the colder parts of your property will have to work harder to in winter, and thus may not heat the water as effectively.
Is there anything you can do to decrease the amount of time it takes to get hot water?
There are several things you can do to fix this problem. Here are a few suggestions:
- Insulate your pipes. Pipe insulation helps to shield your pipes from the cold temperature outside. This helps regulate the temperature of the water and can ensure that you get hot water more quickly in winter. Pipe insulation is available for sale from hardware stores and home improvement centers, and can be installed on a DIY basis.
- Insulate your hot water tank. Your hot water heater will have an easier time keeping your water hot if it is protected with an insulating blanket. Water heater blankets can also be installed on a DIY basis.
- Install a hot water recirculator. This device keeps hot water moving through your pipes at all times, so that your faucets can get instant hot water. Hot water recirculators can waste energy, and as a result are really only worthwhile if you're dissatisfied with the length of time it takes to get hot water at all times of the year. Hot water circulators must be installed by a plumber.
For more information about how you can get hot water to your faucets in a more timely fashion, talk to a trusted plumber. He or she can help you solve your problem and get hot water more quickly in winter. Visit this site for more help.