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Is The Cost Of Solar Water Heaters Really Worth It?

clock August 12, 2014 04:33 by author Chris Vigna
Countries all over the world are utilizing solar water heating, an innovative renewable energy technology that has been established for many years. But is this advanced system the right choice for your home?

While it is true that solar water heaters are more expensive and costly to install, than a common water heater, it can save a lot of money in the long run, as they do not require additional resources to like gas or wood to heat the water.  

Other benefits are based on personal use, such as:


  • How much hot water you use per day?
  • How well does your water heating system perform?
  • Is your house able to receive direct sunlight?


Natural gas, electricity, oil and other conventional fuel prices vary by area but these bills can add up to a high monthly cost. Also, there are additional costs for backing up a water heating system. However, solar water heating helps reduce traditional cost and maintenance. 

Also, when building a new home, by adding the price of a solar water heating system it will save a lot of time and money. Some banks even allow this heating system to be added to the loan or mortgage.   

Installing a solar water heater in your home can be expensive; however, it will save a pretty penny each month.

This means that solar water heaters are not just an excellent choice for your home, but they are an excellent choice for our planet as well. Solar Water Heaters are a sustainable and energy efficient method for heating up the water that we use on a daily basis and thus, helps to protect our environment.  

All of this should give you a better idea of solar water heating systems and how they can help you to save money.  If you want more information about this, remember to give The All About the Pipes Plumbing team a call, we don't flush around! 
 
 

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Smart Water Heaters Can Help You To Save Energy

clock March 21, 2014 05:49 by author Chris Vigna

High Efficiency in Smart Water Heaters

There are now many projects out there, which are focusing on making home appliances more energy efficient and some of the newest smart water heaters are doing just that.  Technology is now making it easier for homeowners to control these new appliances.

While many may think that these new water heaters are very complicated and will have a lot of features to set, the truth is that they only have a simple device, which allows homeowners to remotely control their water heater from almost anywhere in the planet.  

This allows homeowners to turn off their water heater when they are not home and to turn it on a few minutes before they arrive back home.  Those homes, which are now getting some or all of their energy from solar panels or wind turbines, can really benefit from smart water heater technology, as this will allow them to stop their water heater from using energy saved in their battery banks when there is not much sun or wind. 

Experts have already developed some energy efficiency plans, which help people to understand how long they need to have their water heaters working and when is the best time of the day, to turn them off.  With these types of plans, anyone can know when the best time to keep their water heater working is and if for some reason, you are not in your home to turn it off in down times, you can now do so remotely. 

Some of these smart water heaters can even be set up to shut down at a certain time and to start working just before you get home.  This allows people with not much knowledge of technology, to make their water heater more energy efficient without having to worry about shutting it down remotely at different times of the day. 

At the moment, experts believe that this is one of the future instruments for all households and that in a short period of time, more people will look into purchasing some of these accessories for their water heaters or simply buy one that already has it installed.   

If you live alone or are out of your home during most of the day, one of these energy saving water heaters is an excellent idea for you and it would be wise to consider installing one.  

 

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Tips For Buying A Water Heater

clock February 12, 2014 10:22 by author Chris Vigna

Water heaters are essential for living a comfortable life. After having one installed in your home for several years, it may be time to upgrade and find a new one. There are plenty of water heaters to choose from but we will help you select the best models for your home.

Now a ‘days, it is not only about choosing the water heater that can provide the most hot water for your home but, about choosing a water heater, which is energy efficient and will help you save money.  This will involve looking at different water heater models and determining which will be the best fit for your home. 

Types Of Water Heater For Your Home

 

  • ·         Conventional Storage Water Heaters – These are very common and they help by having a water tank with hot water throughout the day. 
  • ·         Tank-less Water Heater – These types of water heaters will provide hot water on demand and do not have a water tank for storage. 
  • ·         Heat Pump Water Heaters – These types of water heaters allow you to transfer heated water from one place to another instead of heating all of your home’s water. 
  • ·         Solar Water Heaters – These types of water heaters use the energy from the sun to heat up the water in your home, which means you will not spend a lot on energy bills every month. 
  • ·         Indirect and Tank-less Coil Water Heaters – These types of water heaters make use of your home’s space heating system to heat your home’s water.  

 

Other Criteria To Consider:

You should also consider fuel type, cost, availability, size and energy efficiency of the water heaters that you are thinking of buying for your home, as this will help you to get the best model and get the hot water that you need.

Reducing your hot water use is also one of the things that you need to consider, so you can choose the best water heater for your home and not exceed your energy bill budget.  Exploring other water heating strategies, such as drain-water heat recovery, will also help you to choose the best water heating system for your home.       

We are sure that these tips will help you to find the best water heater model for your home and if you have any more doubts, feel free to read through some of our previous blog posts or contact us to find more.     

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When Should You Replace Your Aging Water Heater?

clock December 15, 2013 03:46 by author Chris Vigna

Replacing Aging Water Heaters

There is a very old saying that goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” but sometimes it is a smart decision to replace some things before it causes serious problems or even damages to your home. One good example of this is your home’s water heater, as they can explode or stop heating water, if you do not replace it in time.

Although, some water heaters have been known to last for up to 15 years, it is a good idea to change them before they start to fail and you are required to spend even more money.  There is another saying that goes, “it is better to prevent, than to lament” and this is why you should be aware of the replacement signs that your aging water heater will show over time.

You may also want to replace your old water heater for one that is more energy-efficient and this means that you may want to change it before your old one begins to fail.  This can help you to save money on energy bills over time and you can even find some federal tax credit options, which will help you to save even more money. 

If you are not sure about replacing your old water heater, you should consider this:

 

  • ·         How well maintained is your aging water heater?  Water heaters can last a lot longer if you flush them every year and keep them clean.  If you have not given your old water heater its routine maintenance services, you should really consider replacing it for a new one. 
  • ·         Where is your old water heater located? The time to replace your old water heater may also depend on where you have placed it in your home, as the location will cause different types of damages to its exterior and interior as well. 
  • ·         How much do you really use your water heater? The amount of use that you give to your water heater will be a very important factor as to when it is a good time to replace it.  If you use a lot of hot water every day your water heater will be used for longer periods of time and it is likely to fail sooner than those water heaters that are not used on a regular basis.
  • ·          What quality of water do you have in your home?  If your home gets hard or poor quality water, your water heater will tend to rot in a shorter period of time, which is why you should replace it before it starts to leak or causes other damages to your plumbing system. 

 

Once you have decided to replace your aging water heater, you should consider giving your local professional plumber a call. They will immediately help you with your new water heater’s installation and will make hot water available in your home right away. 

 

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Make Sure you Have Hot Water this Winter

clock December 12, 2012 22:32 by author Chris Vigna

You need hot water more in the winter than any other time of year. The last thing you want is for your water heater to fail in the winter and leave you without hot water for your morning shower. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your heater and help it run strong throughout the winter.

Consider the Heater’s Location
If your heater is in the main house in a closet or heated basement, then you won’t have to worry about it freezing. However, the cooler temperature in a garage or unheated crawlspace can leave water heaters struggling. The structure around the water heater can be warmed up marginally with better weather stripping and possibly insulation. It’s also wise to wrap the heater in a special insulating blanket to reduce heat loss and help if function better.

Line Distance is Important
The longer you have to wait for hot water to arrive at your shower, the further this fixture is from your water heater. As water travels through the lines, it loses heat and that forces your heater to work harder. In addition to wrapping the water heater itself, consider wrapping any long runs of hot water pipes to improve efficiency and prolong the life of your heater. Special wraps are available from your local home improvement store.

In addition to wrapping the pipes, a recirculating pump will also help you save money on hot water. A pump like the Grundfos Comfort System allows you to move cold water through the line, so you only receive water once it is hot and ready to enjoy. The average home saves more than 11,000 gallons of water a year with these systems. That's enough water to fill a 14-foot by 30-foot swimming pool, so you should add one of these to your wish list.

Check the Dip Tube
Hot water heaters work by delivering cold water to the bottom of the tank through a dip tube, warming the water and allowing it to rise to the top for use. If the dip tube is cracked, then cold water will invade the hot water space at the top and leave you dealing with tepid showers. The good news is that the dip tube is replaceable in many models, so you may not actually need a new heater.

Don’t wait for your water heater to break down and leave you with cold water this winter. All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. can check your system for damaged dip tubes, defective thermostats and other common problems. With the right inspection and repairs, you can rest assured that you won’t run out of hot water this winter.

 

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Tank Less Water Heaters???

clock August 10, 2010 02:27 by author Chris Vigna

Have you ever wondered what a tank less water heater actually is? Do you ever wonder how it could be a water heater if it has no tank? Or, why would I want a tank less water heater? Why is it better than the traditional models?

The tank less water heater is the newest technology available for the heating of your household water. It is a green technology with efficiency ratings of 98%. This is 40% more efficient than your standard tank models available today. The tank less water heater produces considerably less CO2 and NOx than the conventional gas or electric tank water heaters. Still not convinced? The tank less water heater produces hot water on demand. It is a small compact unit that uses minimal electric, natural gas or propane as their fuel source the same sources as your tank style heater. It will continue to produce unlimited hot water as long as there is a demand. Multiple appliances and back to back showers can be taken at the same time without a loss of hot water. Not so with the traditional. You can expect, depending on the size of the unit, anywhere from 2 to 19.5 gallons of hot water per minute to be produced from the tank less water heater.

A typical tank style water heater averages 40-100 gallons and must maintain the water at a constant temperature. As the water is used it is replaced with cold water that must be brought up to temperature and maintained. Thus the tank style water heater works constantly. It is the single largest user of energy in a home. Traditional water heaters require a considerable amount of valuable floor space in a home. Their life expectancy is on average 10-12 years and most have a warranty of 6 years. A tank style water heater often has issues with leaks, elements or gas burner assemblies that result in costly repairs or worse major damage to ones home.

A tank less water heater has a life expectancy of 20 years. Warranties range from 12-20 years on a tank less. This is considerably better than the tank style. While the initial cost to install a tank less is more than the traditional style heater the energy savings and warranties make up the difference. The tank less is a compact and attractive unit. It would compare in size to that of an electrical panel box. With the compact size comes versatility. A tank less can be located most anywhere it can be vented in a home as well as an exterior installation. This will allow you to reclaim that valuable floor space and never have to worry again if a leaking water heater will flood your home.

Because this is such a valuable technology in the saving of our resources and reducing the carbon footprint there are several credits and rebates available to individuals installing a tank less water heater.

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