Location, school district, commute time, and of course, style—there’s a lot to think about when you’re house-hunting! And while considering the systems and fuels that run your new home aren’t the most “glamorous” aspects to focus on, they are undoubtedly some of the most important. If you’ve never lived in a propane-fueled home before, you might be surprised to know all the benefits. Propane is one of the cleanest, most versatile, and most efficient fuels around.
It’s a domestically sourced alternative fuel that can provide exceptional performance and efficiency in a wide range of home appliances, as well as heating and water-heating equipment, at a much lower cost than electricity. Let’s get you familiar with propane and why you should pay attention to it amidst your home-buying process.
Propane generates more BTUs than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy. That means propane appliances are very efficient as well, so they waste very little fuel in the combustion process. On the other hand, about two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted.
In other words, propane can offer more bang for your buck, all while protecting the environment. It’s a win-win for customers who care about the environment, but also want to keep costs under control.
Because propane is so efficient, it’s a smarter choice than electricity for a wide variety of appliances. For example, propane water heaters generate much more hot water at a cheaper cost per gallon.
In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes that heat water with propane rather than electricity can see average annual savings of $174. The same technology that makes propane ideal for water heaters makes it a smarter choice than electricity to power all kinds of appliances that use hot water or heat, including:
…and did we mention that Pico Propane and Fuels sells, installs, and maintains many of these propane appliances? Stop by our Bergheim, TX showroom today to see all our available products and equipment.
Have you decided to make the move to a propane-fueled home? Congratulations! Here are a few things to consider:
While there are many advantages to using propane, it’s true that it doesn’t significantly change the value of your property compared to other fuel sources. An exception, however, may be when it comes to both fireplaces, built-ins, and firepits. These extras tend to increase a home’s attractiveness to homebuyers. The National Association of Realtors has reported that a propane fireplace can increase the value of a home by up to $10,000 or more.
Whether you’re new to the neighborhood or new to the state, Pico Propane and Fuels can help make heating and powering your new Texas or New Mexico home easy. Explore our great selection of services like Keep-Full automatic delivery, wireless tank monitoring, and more to keep your home comfortable all year long.
Contact us today to learn more—and welcome home!
There’s a lot to comprehend when getting familiar with the wide array of agricultural businesses of the greater southwest. Cattle ranching, produce, and nurseries for trees and plants are big parts of the local economy, and propane is a vital element to make farms run smoothly and cost-effectively.
Right now, everyone is feeling the sting of higher energy costs, especially agriculture-based businesses. But farmers and ranchers are embracing propane because it’s energy efficient—which means more bang for the buck when it comes to all kinds of operations. When compared to electricity or alternative fuels, you’ll see lower fuel costs with propane-powered irrigation engines. These are well known for delivering both high horsepower and low emissions.
Additionally, crop drying with propane offers such highly efficient performance that you’ll make the most of your profit potential while minimizing any crop loss. Here are just a few of the ways it can help you save:
Propane has many uses on the farm. Whether you are growing crops or raising livestock, propane can work for you in many ways:
Ultimately, propane is a smart choice for your modern farm as it is a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, clean, and portable fuel. Propane does not degrade over time, either, and it won’t contaminate your soil or water, which you would see with gasoline or diesel if it spills.
If you want to learn more about how propane can help fuel your agricultural business, contact the pros at Pico Propane and Fuels. For close to three decades, we’ve been partnering with local agricultural businesses of all sizes throughout Texas and New Mexico to help them maximize efficiency, logistics, and savings. We look forward to helping you, too.
We’re halfway through 2022, and energy prices continue to be elevated across the board. Whether you’re filling up your gas tank or powering your home, prices are noticeably higher than in years past, and many homeowners are looking for ways to be more cost effective as well as energy efficient.
While electricity will always be part of the mix, propane is a great choice, both environmentally and economically. After all, it can help to run a range of appliances and equipment both in and outside your home! Here are some additional facts on why propane is a great fuel choice for now, and years to come:
Improving energy efficiency in your home can help keep energy costs under control now, as well as help the planet in both the short- and long-term. Propane is a highly efficient fuel—meaning it generates more BTUs than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy. Also, propane appliances are very efficient as well, so they waste very little fuel in the combustion process. It also delivers better comfort, to boot!
When hurricanes, tornados, or even a good thunderstorm knocks out power, a propane-fueled backup generator will keep your lights and everything else running until the utility companies can make repairs. Additionally, a propane gas stove will continue to work during a power outage. Now that’s convenient.
A propane whole-house generator can also add value to your home and may even get you a break on your insurance. After some incredibly unpredictable—and dangerous—weather here in Texas the past few years, it’s easy to see how vital propane power can be.
Propane is a primary energy source, which means it can be used with minimal processing. Propane itself is a byproduct of natural gas processing. Electricity, on the other hand, is created using another energy source. In fact, more than 63% of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, mostly coal and natural gas. This means that it takes more energy to create electricity, which can affect its cleanliness, efficiency, and cost.
Plus, propane produces fewer emissions when burned, making it a cleaner fuel all around from start to finish.
Want to learn more about the benefits of clean-burning, efficient propane for your home? Contact Pico Propane and Fuels today and let us show you how propane can make your Texas or New Mexico home more comfortable, and more efficient.
Are you busy shopping for new residential propane appliances? If so, you’re making a great choice! What’s even better? You have a wide array of options to choose from. Energy-efficient propane appliances include clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, water heaters, ovens and ranges, outdoor lighting, patio heaters, pool, and spa-tub heaters, outdoor grills and indoor and outdoor fireplaces, log sets, and vent-free heaters…not to mention backup generators, too! Plus, propane heats quickly and burns cleanly, for a smaller carbon footprint than oil or electricity and great value.
So, if you’re looking to enhance the value and improve the efficiency of your Texas home with propane appliances, come by our Bergheim showroom today to see all your options, and talk to our knowledgeable staff.
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Whether you’re building a new home, updating your current home, or even if you’re a commercial builder, the knowledgeable team at Pico’s appliance showroom can help you with information and advice. When you’re ready, our trained and experienced service technicians provide installation, maintenance, and repair services. We’ve got all your needs covered.
Are you ready for the start of summer? Whether that means family camping trips or backyard BBQs, it’s time to make sure you’ve got a propane cylinder ready to go…and maybe even a spare nearby! No matter what your plans are for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, don’t wait until the last minute to refill or exchange your propane cylinder. Stop by and see us today!
Pico Propane and Fuels has nine convenient locations across Texas—as well as one in New Mexico—so refilling or exchanging your propane tanks is a breeze.
With so many great uses for propane cylinders to enhance your outdoor spaces, it’s no surprise that we get a lot of traffic this time of year. We offer refills and exchanges for a variety of sizes, including 20-pound cylinders most folks use for grills, patio heaters, and mosquito traps, and the 30- and 40- pound cylinders for RVs.
Some folks appreciate the swap-and-go convenience of typical cylinder exchanges at a nearby convenience store. However, savvy customers love the ease and the savings they get by refilling. When you own your propane tank, you can save money in a few ways.
All too often we see folks try to exchange their propane cylinder at the first sign of starting to run low. When this happens, unless they’ve run completely empty, they give up a small remaining amount of gas. It could end up amounting to a wasted half a tank or more over the span of a few tanks!
Safety is paramount when dealing with portable cylinders and propane gas. Remember these two important tips when getting a refill or exchanging your tank:
Contact Pico Propane and Fuels to learn more about our nearby propane refill stations. We’re standing by and ready to assist you all year long.
Adding or switching to propane is a great decision for homes in Texas and New Mexico. How so, exactly? Propane is extremely versatile, eco-friendly, and an efficient choice to power a variety of your home’s systems and equipment. So, when you’re looking to make the switch to propane, there’s a good chance that your biggest decision is whether your propane tank should be aboveground or underground. While aesthetics might make putting your tank underground seems like the obvious option, safety and budget are important considerations to factor in.
Here’s everything you need to consider before you make your choice:
The cost of your tank mainly depends on its size but opting for an underground tank will cost as much as twice as much. Here’s why:
If you’re locating your tank underground, you need to plan a budget for excavation costs, including contractors and extra labor to bury your tank properly. In addition, “sacrificial anodes,” which help to prevent corrosion over long periods of time, need to be buried near the tank as well. An underground tank also needs a special anti-corrosion coating and regular maintenance checks.
An aboveground tank simply needs to meet distance requirements and have appropriate permits. Sometimes, a concrete base is needed for stability, but the cost is relatively small, and we can usually handle it for you. Because its aboveground, maintenance is not a problem. However, aboveground tanks are more exposed to the elements, which can make them a little less durable if they’re subjected to extreme or extended heat and cold.
Aboveground tanks are extremely safe, so long as they’re inspected periodically for signs of damage or corrosion to avoid a leak.
Underground tanks are just as safe—if not safer—than aboveground tanks. One reason is that they are protected from temperature fluctuations. Underground tanks are also safer in the event of a leak. Unlike oil, propane can’t harm soil or water, and since the tank is buried, leaking propane can’t escape into the air, which helps minimize fire hazards.
However, if you happen to live in a flood-prone area, an aboveground tank might well be the safer option. That’s because an underground tank can actually float away if the water rises above the propane level in your tank. Aboveground tanks stand a few inches off the ground and are bolted down making it more stable and less exposed during flooding conditions.
When you invest time and money in making your home and yard look nice, chances are you don’t want a hunk of metal ruining the view. But sometimes there isn’t the space—or the budget—to bury your tank. We get it. And we’ll work with you to help situate your tank at the side or the back of your home, in as unobtrusive a place as possible while adhering to all local and federal safety rules.
There are pros and cons to both aboveground and underground propane tanks. For aesthetics and safety, underground tanks are a great option. However, if you’re on a tight budget, live in a flood-prone area, or can site your tank in a less prominent spot, an aboveground tank may be more practical.
Whether you decide on an above-ground or underground propane tank, know that the pros at Pico Propane and Fuels can help you make a selection, as well as provide the installation and maintenance of your tank—100% hassle-free! What’s even better? We’ll provide reliable propane delivery services, too. Contact us for more information today and ask about our convenient wireless tank monitoring.
Folks here in Texas didn’t face the same temperature crises as last winter, but nevertheless, energy prices across the board are up due to ongoing geopolitical situations—even as some of the supply chain issues are just starting to clear up. Efficiency is the smartest way to manage energy costs when you can’t control prices.
The good news? Propane is already a highly efficient fuel choice! Here are 12 ways to make that increased efficiency work smarter for you, so you can keep costs down, while staying as comfortable as possible:
As we’ve come to mention, propane is extraordinarily energy efficient. In fact, less than 10% of propane is wasted in the combustion process. In comparison, more than two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted.
Even if you don’t heat your home with propane, supplemental appliances like a propane gas fireplace insert can provide efficient, cost-effective supplemental heat—and add rustic charm, too! Similar can be said for propane patio heaters, grills, and so much more.
Want to learn more about the benefits of propane? Pico Propane and Fuels is the trusted propane provider for homes and businesses across Texas and New Mexico. Contact us for more information today.
When you’re looking for a propane provider, you want a company that knows where you’re calling from whether it’s a back road or a main street, a farm, or a business. Size matters—but bigger isn’t always better when it comes to fuel delivery. There are national corporations, with big headquarters and call centers several states away. And there are discount dealers with low prices and not much else. Neither have any ties to the community, other than their wallets.
Pico Propane and Fuels hits the sweet spot. We’ve been around since 1986, and while we started in Texas, we’ve expanded into New Mexico while remaining committed to the communities we serve. We’re proud to support local schools and non-profits that keep us true to our roots. When it comes to propane delivery, we do the best job because we’re your neighbors, and treat you as such.
Here are just a few of the reasons why going local for your fuel and heating system needs just makes sense:
There are a lot of things we can’t control—the weather, the price of fuel, or how your previous supplier may have done you wrong. But we can do our best to make every one of our customers feel important and confident, like a neighbor, not a client, and gets top-quality service each and every time. It’s how we’ve built our business and how we plan to keep it.
Contact us today—we’re ready to show you what a difference we can make for your home or business.
There are countless reasons businesses throughout Texas and southeastern New Mexico make Pico Propane and Fuels their preferred partner for all their commercial liquid fuel needs. It starts with our reputation for reliability, which we’ve built since our founding in 1986. In that time, we’ve also grown our commercial business to become a one-stop resource for all your fueling needs. Our supply ranges from propane to kerosene to biofuels to lubricants; Pico can deliver it all!
But nothing beats our commitment to providing the same superb and attentive service to our commercial accounts as to our residential customers. Easy ordering and on-time deliveries let you keep your focus on your business and your fleets operating at maximum efficiency.
Here are all the ways we can help you with your industrial lubricants, motor fuels and fleet fueling needs:
Our on-road and off-road fleet fueling services are convenient and dependable for trucking, construction, and delivery business needs.
On-site fueling and bulk gas and diesel delivery services help save time and money. We work with your team to ensure an optimized delivery schedule, and offer wireless tank monitoring, too.
What’s biodiesel? It’s a cleaner-burning fuel that puts less wear on your equipment and vehicle engines—while also producing far lower emissions. It’s an environmentally friendly blend of renewable fuels including plant and vegetable oils, recycled restaurant oils, and animal fats, with diesel.
We deliver the only EPA-designated advanced biofuel in commercial-scale production in the United States. And as the region’s leader in blended biodiesel delivery and service, the pros at Pico can show you how to take advantage of this fuel, and possibly earn tax breaks, or incentives for using alternative fuel.
Our full range of products ranges from heavy-duty engine oil to industrial gear oils and industrial lubricants including top-of-the-line oil and grease for all types of manufacturing and industrial applications, automotive, aviation, and special equipment needs:
Kerosene is used all over the world for heating, lighting, cooking, aircraft fuel and more. Our experts will discuss your kerosene needs and craft a customized delivery plan for your business, whether you opt for our Keep-Full automatic delivery service or will-call service which guarantees delivery withing 48 hours.
Pico Propane and Fuels is proud of our commercial and business partnerships. We’re committed to delivering real value that goes beyond competitive prices. Our clients turn to us for advice as well as dependable, on-time service.
If you’re looking for a local partner in the Texas or New Mexico area who understands your needs, contact us today. We’ll be happy to show you the difference we can make.
A lot of people have been opening their electric bills and wondering if there’s a limit to how high they can go. Others are questioning just how “clean” electricity really is—since most electricity supply is generated by coal-fired power plants, generating electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gases in the United States. And many people are also discovering that propane is a great option to power many of their home’s appliances and systems. It’s greener than electricity—and more efficient, too.
Converting a home to propane is a relatively straightforward, easy process that will leave you with lower energy bills and support a cleaner environment. The average conversion takes about two days, with little disruption to your life or comfort.
Propane is one of the cleanest, most versatile, and most efficient fuels around. It’s a domestically sourced alternative fuel that can provide steady, reliable heat energy at an affordable price. Propane also offers exceptional performance and efficiency in a wide range of home appliances, such as water heaters, ranges, and clothes dryers, at a much lower cost than their electric counterparts. Plus, it’s ideal for outdoor living, too—think patio and pool heaters, fire pits, and of course, grills.
There is a range of factors to consider when choosing the energy source for your home-heating system and appliances, including cost, efficiency, dependability and more. The pros at Pico Propane and Fuels can answer all your questions, and help you make the switch:
Thinking about making the switch to propane? Contact us today for more information or to get a FREE estimate on getting started.
If you’ve ever run out of propane, you know what a hassle it can be. There’s the inconvenience, of course. But there’s also the need to pay for an emergency fill up—as well as a leak test for safety purposes. And even if your tank isn’t completely empty, you’ll have problems. When propane levels get too low, air can get into your heating system, which can lead to expensive damage. That’s why, in general, you shouldn’t let your tank’s propane level go below 20%.
It’s also why signing up for our Keep-Full automatic delivery plan is so great. It lets you cross the job of scheduling propane deliveries off your to-do list while eliminating the worry of a run-out.
We use a proven industry method to calculate your propane use. How so? Our computer algorithms look at your past usage levels alongside the real-time temperatures and weather patterns to make sure we fill your tank on time, every time. Usually, that’s when your tank is about one-quarter full.
Since our calculations are based on your average usage, it’s important for you to let us know of any changes that would result in a big shift in propane use. This might include, for example, an extended vacation, more—or fewer—people living in your home or spending time at home all day or adding new propane appliances or hearth products into your residence that can change your propane usage.
What’s even better? Our Keep-Full service is free, no contracts or extra charges.
If your usage fluctuates a lot—which can happen with second homes, or when you have appliances or equipment that you don’t use regularly, like pool heaters or fireplaces, or if the number of people living at home changes—it can be hard to predict your usage. You could benefit from a wireless tank monitor!
Wireless tank monitors track the level of propane in your tank in real time and transmit your usage levels via wireless cellular technology. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly. So, if you’re a will-call customer, the convenient app will alert you when it’s time to schedule a fill-up.
The monitor includes complementary wireless mobile app, giving you even more control and insight. Use the app to easily track your exact levels at any given moment and adjust your monthly energy consumption to save on energy costs in the process. It’s quick and easy to install, and we can have you set up and ready to go in a matter of minutes.
Contact us today to find out more about the benefits of Keep-Full automatic delivery service and wireless tank monitoring and how we can get you set up—100% hassle-free!
Dear Pico Propane Customer,
We want to acknowledge the recent, alarming surge in energy prices. This is difficult for everyone and we want you to know we are here to help any way we can. If you need assistance or have any questions please contact us to discuss the best solution.
Mention off-grid living, and most people think of “roughing it.” But today, an off-grid lifestyle can include every convenience of modern living, thanks to the versatility and efficiency of propane. Surprised by hearing that? Propane is clean-burning and abundant, making it a cost-effective home energy solution that can help lower energy bills—that means whether you’re living on- or off-grid.
Building in a remote location can be desirable for all kinds of reasons, but then, connecting to electric and natural gas can cost thousands of dollars. Propane, however, can be safely stored right on your property, in a tank. Combined with other alternative and renewable energy sources like solar, propane can transform off-grid living from extreme to extremely comfortable! Here’s how:
Propane generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the exact same amount of heat or energy. Also, propane appliances themselves are very efficient, which means they waste very little fuel in the combustion process.
In addition to heating, propane is extremely efficient for powering a wide variety of appliances. When it comes to cooking, most chefs prefer the control that comes with a gas range. And propane water heaters generate much more hot water at a cheaper cost per gallon. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes that heat water with propane rather than electricity can see average annual savings of $174.
The same technology that makes propane ideal for water heaters makes it a smarter choice than electricity to power all kinds of appliances that use hot water or heat, such as:
For off-grid living, a propane-powered whole house generator provides the reliability and security other people get from the grid. A generator will kick on seamlessly when your solar or wind power is depleted. There’s no glitchy flickering, no brownouts.
When it comes to environmental impact, propane gas is a good choice. It burns cleanly and produces minimal emissions. Propane also doesn’t harm soil or groundwater—an important factor in determining whether a fuel is “green.” Propane is also an American energy source. About 90% of the United States’ supply of propane is domestically generated. Most of it comes from the processing of natural gas.
Whether you’re interested in using propane for an off-grid property in Texas or New Mexico, or just want to add a backup generator to your propane-fueled home system, the pros at Pico Propane and Fuels can answer all your questions and help find you the perfect home solution. Contact us today for more information!
It’s likely that many folks—both young and old—grew up with a manual thermostat in their home. In most of these cases, folks remember a little white box on the wall that looked like a tiny radio or a kitchen timer. Turn it up, turn it down, and the temperature in your home would adjust. Easy enough—except when you forget to turn down the heat or the AC while you’re out for the day and end up paying for a whole lot of warm or cool air you didn’t use.
Nowadays there are far better options on the table. Programmable thermostats use a timer to let you set different temperatures on a daily or weekly schedule. If you’re schedule doesn’t change much, or you’re willing to keep up with the task of programming, these can automatically adjust your thermostat to help you save money on heating and cooling costs. They’re relatively inexpensive, and slightly better looking than the manual units.
Smart thermostats take this technology to the next level!
Smart thermostats are designed to learn your heating and cooling habits, creating a schedule that matches them. Some even connect with your home automation system like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, so you all you do is ask to turn up the heat.
Additionally, wireless connectivity lets you check your thermostat settings and your home’s temperature from anywhere, using an app on your phone or tablet. Forgot to turn on the vacation setting for your central air conditioning? No problem! Use your phone to do it while waiting in the security line at the airport.
Smart thermostats—Nest and Ecobee are popular brands—can cost a bit more than a basic programable version. However, they can be a great investment, offering significant savings when used properly over even just a few months’ time. In many instances, there are even rebates available on smart thermostats that can help you save up front, too.
At the end of the day, here’s the key reasons smart thermostats are the smartest choice for controlling your home heating and cooling:
Reducing energy use is the best way to combat high heating and cooling bills.
By “teaching” a smart thermostat to lower the heat when you leave the house and turn it back up in time to make the house comfortable by the time you to get home, you may be able to cut your heating and cooling costs by 10%, according to the United States Department of Energy. The savings you’ll enjoy will quickly offset the cost.
Old manual thermostats can vary by as much as five degrees between the temperature you set on your thermostat and the temperature of the air in your home. That makes a big difference not only in comfort but in energy costs, as each degree difference can raise your heating or cooling costs by up to 2%. Smart thermostats are much more precise, with only a half-degree difference. The temperature you set is the temperature you get!
Constantly running your heat or air conditioning, or manually making extreme temperature adjustments, like you might when you come home to a very hot or cold house, adds stress to your HVAC system. Over time, this can cause breakdowns and ultimately shorten its lifespan. By using your smart thermostat to change your heat or air conditioning automatically, it will adjust gradually, taking pressure off your HVAC system and helping it last longer.
Additionally, if you’re looking for a new fuel supplier this season, look no further than us! Pico Propane and Fuels provides local homes and businesses across Texas and New Mexico with all things propane—and so much more, from underground and above-ground tank installations to reliable deliveries of propane, commercial fuels, oils, and lubricants, plus wholesale supply and commercials services. Coupled with top-quality customer service, we’re the company you can keep for life!
From agriculture to warehouses, and from construction to hospitality, businesses large and small count on us for the gasoline and diesel fuels, as well as propane, they need to get their operations moving forward.
What’s more? They know we provide the same superb and attentive service to our commercial accounts as to our residential clients. At Pico Propane and Fuels, we’re proud of our commercial partnerships that support businesses throughout Texas and New Mexico!
We understand how delivery of quality wholesale diesel fuel can be critical to the success of your business. That’s why we’re committed to providing easy ordering and on-time deliveries so you can keep your focus on your business and your fleets on the road. On-road and off-road fueling services are convenient and dependable for trucking, construction and farm equipment needs.
Do you operate a fleet of service vehicles that use diesel fuel? Our on-site fueling and bulk delivery service will save you time and money, compared to the cost of dispatching your fleet to an off-site gas station for fill-ups. We deliver on-road diesel fuel to construction companies, trucking companies and many other businesses with a fleet of vehicles.
If you operate a construction company or other business that has diesel-powered equipment, or a farm running tractors or other farm equipment, and you’re currently buying on-road diesel from a gas station for your off-road equipment, you are paying unnecessary taxes. With the ultra-low sulfur dyed diesel that we deliver for off-road vehicles and equipment, there’s no federal excise tax—and you may be eligible for state excise tax refunds.
Our commercial fueling services are designed to work for all kinds of clients. School districts and municipalities need diesel fuels and gasoline for school buses, fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, trucks and equipment for road repairs, commercial mowers and equipment for maintenance of parks and public spaces, transit buses, shuttle buses, paratransit buses and more.
Our experts can assess your needs and help you plan, schedule and manage your fuel deliveries. We’ll also help you track your fuel usage to reduce waste and improve efficiency. And we can work with you to plan a fueling station right at your business or job site.
Our commercial division also includes propane for a wide range of businesses, including fueling for forklifts and industrial uses, as well as for restaurants and hospitality.
Whether your Texas or New Mexico-based business needs propane, diesel, oils, or lubricants, you can count on the dependability and expertise of Pico Propane & Fuels to get the job done! Contact us today to learn more about our available commercial services and how they can improve your bottom line.
Do you lose sleep at night thinking about your anode rod? Probably not—you may not even know what it is! But if you have a “traditional” tanked-style water heater in your home, it should be known that the anode rod is the hero that protects your tank from corrosion.
Further, you should think about checking it—and likely replacing it—at least every few years. After all, corrosion is one of the main culprits that can cause your water heater tank to rust, develop leaks, and eventually fail. Ensuring the health of the anode rod is the best way to prevent that.
But what’s an anode rod exactly? It’s a steel core wire surrounded with aluminum, magnesium or zinc that mounts inside your water heater tank and draws the corrosion process to itself rather than the tank lining. If the rod remains intact, your water heater tank will largely be protected from rusting. Eventually, however, the anode rod will degrade to the point that it will no longer protect your tank.
Typically, an anode rod will last at least a few years, but it can depend on factors such as your water’s acidity and how much water you use. If you use a water softener, it can reduce the lifespan of your anode rod by more than half. Regular maintenance is a good way to keep track of your anode rod and if it needs to be replaced. That’s one way to protect yourself from water-heater repairs.
If you don’t want to think about your anode rod, consider upgrading the benefits of upgrading to a tankless water heater! Because there’s no tank, there’s no need to worry about corrosion or rust, so there’s no need for an anode rod from the onset.
Tankless water heaters have countless other advantages too. They can help cut your water heating costs by nearly 40 percent, without depriving you of hot water for your shower, bath, washing machine, or dishwasher. That’s because tankless water heaters give you endless hot water—whenever you want it. Tankless water heaters use an electric pilot and a hot propane flame to heat water instantly on-demand. There’s no tank, so it can’t hit empty!
Want to learn more about the benefits of a tankless water heater? No matter if you’re a builder, architect, remodeler, or homeowner, our staff will thoroughly discuss with you what you’re looking for so you can find the best option for your needs, and your budget. We offer several different models from top-name brands like Rinnai and Navien! Enjoy energy efficiency and all the hot water you need with a new water heater. Contact us today to get started.