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This time of year starting the day with a hot shower becomes more and more important. But if your old water heater has trouble keeping up, it can be a miserable existence. Some people turn up the unit’s thermostat to compensate, but that can be dangerous for bathers and painful on utility bills.

Consider draining the heater to remove sediment and improve efficiency, or have a pro check the efficiency of the burner or elements. If it’s time for a new water heater, consider one that offers improved efficiency without sacrificing constant supply.

For all electric homes, the heat pump water heater is a great option to keep utility bills down. If your home has natural gas, consider a tankless water heater for an endless supply and incredible efficiency.