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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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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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Double Checking Your Water Heaters

clock November 10, 2013 02:42 by author Chris Vigna

Check Your Water Heaters Regularly

It is always a good idea to inspect or double check your home's water heaters every now and then. This can prevent damage to your plumbing system and even prevent an explosion. There are many things that could cause your water heaters to malfunction, which is why it is extremely recommended to check them on a frequent basis.  In this blog post, you will be able to learn more about inspecting your water heaters and what you can do in order to keep them working perfectly all of the time. 

Many experts recommend being extremely careful with some of the wall mounted electric water heaters in the market. These are more dangerous than older water heater models and could in fact cause an explosion in your home. According to some professional studies, these types of water heaters can very easily reach inside temperatures over 194 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause its interior to rot and this will lead to your water heater’s malfunction. 

Once your water heater begins to rot from its inside, it is very likely for the safety valve to get clogged up and this could lead to a terrible explosion in your home. The experts recommend that you not only inspect your water heater on a regular basis, but that you set its temperature to under 140 degrees Fahrenheit, as this can reduce the risk of your safety valve clogging up and thus, prevent any type of explosion or malfunction. 

Experts also recommend unplugging your electric wall mounted water heater when it is not being used. This only affects its overall performance and could cause some problems when nobody is home. Not only will unplugging your electric water heater, when not in use, help you to prevent any damage to your home, but it will also help you to reduce your energy bill and to save money every single month. 

If you still have some of the older electric or propane water heater models, it is also a good idea to check their performance on a regular basis and to unplug them when not in use. These can also cause explosions in your home, if they are not working properly.  Whichever type of water heater you have installed in your home, it is a very smart idea to check them at least twice per year, so you can make sure that they are not broken and that nothing strange will happen inside your home. 

If you are not used to checking your home’s water heaters nor have any idea how to do this, you can always contact some of the professional plumbers at All About the Pipes and we will help you with your water heater inspection right away. Always remember that prevention is a better strategy than having to fix something broken and our team of professional plumbers will always be happy to help you out.  

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Stop Wasting Time and Money! Install Recirculating Pump for Your Water Heater

clock March 19, 2013 18:50 by author Chris Vigna

Are utility bills eating up most of your budget? In these difficult economic times, every penny counts. You want to enjoy long, hot showers, but at the same time you also want to reduce your water consumption. The solution is to install a recirculating pump for your water heater. How does a recirculating pump help you save money?

  • No more waiting for hot water to emerge from your shower. The instant you turn on the tap, you will have hot water within seconds. Without a recirculating pump, you turn on the tap and waste several gallons of water just waiting for your water to finally heat up.
  • Your home can save as much as 31 gallons a day or 11,000 gallons a year! That amount of water is enough to fill up a 14’ x 30’ swimming pool. With this amount of water you can save per year, imagine also the amount of money you can save on your utility bills.
  • Although recirculating pumps run on electricity, they don’t consume much energy. There are also ways to reduce its energy consumption even more. For instance, you can install a timer to the pump so that the pump will just turn on just before you take a shower in the morning or when you return from work in the evening.

This Comfort system is what you need all throughout the spring season so you can continue enjoying long, hot showers. Save both time and money this spring. Check with All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. now and get a free estimate and avail special sales and discounts.

 

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Plumbing Tips to Ensure Your Vacation Property Pipes Survive the Winter

clock October 15, 2012 03:58 by author Chris Vigna

 

Frozen and broken water pipes are among the most claims and the highest claims paid by insurance companies in the U.S. With the winter chill full steam ahead, here are just a few tips to keep you vacation property plumbing systems in tip -top shape: 

• Insulate your pipes - Foam sleeves are an excellent way to avoid having your pipes accumulate frost or even worse having them split from the expansion of ice.

• Disconnect hoses from outside faucets - This prevents hoses from freezing, expanding, and leaking. If your house has interior shut-off valves for outdoor faucets, shut them off and drain the water from the faucet. If you don't have interior shutoffs, the installation of a shut-off valve or a frost-proof faucet may be a great investment to prevent water damages.

• Flush your water heater - Since your water heater works harder during the colder months, by flushing your water heater, you can remove deposit build-up that shortens the life of your water heater. A typical water heater last between 8 to 12 years.

• Make sure your main shutoff valve is in good operating condition - This allows you to turn off your water in a timely manner in case of an emergency. Locating and turning off shutoff valves in your vacation property can save you thousands in case of an emergency.

• Check to ensure snow and ice are not restricting water drainage or vents from your vacation home - This is important because if the water discharge (i.e. sump pump) is blocked by snow or ice, freezing could occur as well as water backing up in your home. Also, make sure your water heater vent is clear of any restriction of snow or ice to maximize the efficiency of your water heater.

By utilizing these tips for your vacation home during winter, you can save time, money and energy for costly repairs. If you are still experiencing frozen and broken water pipes, it may be best to contact plumbing professionals like All About The Pipes Plumbing to do the job for you.

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Conventional Storage Water Heaters

clock April 28, 2012 18:51 by author Chris Vigna

The most widely used water heater today is the conventional storage water heater. These are most often found in businesses and homes according to the guys at All About The Pipes Plumbing Inc. These tanks can store and heat from 6 to 100 gallons of water.

The technology is quite simple. Cold water enters the heater from the top of the tank directly from a home's cold water supply and a dip tube directs this cold water to the bottom of the tank. The hot water exits the tank from the top when a hot water faucet is activated.

The water is released by the pressure in the external water line. The burners that heat the water are at the bottom of the tank and are responsible for heating the cold water entering the tank. Since heat rises, the hot water at the top of the tank is the first water to leave the water storage tank when a hot water faucet is turned on. This allows the colder water at the bottom to reach hotter temperatures before entering a hot water faucet. Tanks that recover quicker usually have larger or additional burners installed and thicker layers of fiberglass insulation.

The water is heated by either gas burners or electric elements at the top and bottom of the tank. The walls of the storage tank are insulated with fiberglass or foam insulation to prevent heat loss. Storage tank heaters can last 10 years or more. Impurities in the water will cause corrosion over time, which may lead to failure or leakage, so maybe you would want to consider a whole house water filtration system. Tanks should be drained annually or more frequently if the water supply is heavy in minerals. All About the Pipes Plumbing Inc. can assist you in the maintenance of your water heater.

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