You may have heard that turning off your water heater in the summer will save you money. While it may be tempting to try and save money this way, it’s not necessarily a good idea. In fact, it can be risky and may lead to a number of problems for you and your family.
Water that is kept still and in storage can become unsafe. According to the Canada Safety Council, using water in your home that is under 50⁰ C may put you and your family at risk for Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia. The buildup of bacterial growth in your tank is problematic and can be unsafe to use.
Risks to Your Water Heater
Using your water heater incorrectly can cause its components to wear out faster. It may even cause the tank to potentially leak. That’s something you don’t want to deal with in the summer or anytime of the year! A water heater is generally not meant to be turned off in the evening and then switched back on in the morning. It’s meant to stay on all year round to provide you and your family comfort. Let it run consistently so that it can continue to do what it does best!
Speaking of comfort, living without hot water even in the summer can be uncomfortable and can be unhygienic for you and your home. It’s also a rude awakening for those members of your family who are expecting a warm shower. If a cold shower is what you want on a humid day, then simply switch the faucet to cold. Keeping your water heater on all year gives you options rather than limitations.
If you’re looking for ways to save money, then CLARITY by ClimateCare can help! Owning your water heater as opposed to renting it is the first step toward saving you money and having the freedom and peace of mind you deserve! Contact us to learn more.