Fall is in the air around Jefferson City, Missouri, and winter isn't far behind.
As colder temperatures creep up on your household, now is the time to start preparing for what's to come and how certain aspects of your household will be affected.
The cold can have a strong effect on your water heater, in particular. Here are a few tips to ensure your showers are as warm as ever, even when it's below freezing outside.
Most water heaters are set to temperatures around 140 degrees Fahrenheit, although it's recommended you keep it at 120 degrees Fahrenheit for energy-saving purposes.
But during the harshest days of winter you might turn on the shower in the morning, only to discover freezing cold water. Upping the temperature by five to ten degrees can make a noticeable - and more pleasant - difference.
Always consult the owner's manual before making these changes.
If the water is still cold, it could be a sign your home's insulation is subpar or the water pipes need to be insulated. In other instances, the heater may even be damaged and need replacement.
If this is the case, you'll benefit by contacting the plumbing professionals at your local Jefferson City Roto-Rooter to help fix any issues you may have with the water pipes. The earlier you spot these issues, the better you'll be, as you don't want to go through most of winter taking cold showers.