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How to: Save on Water Heating

How to: Save on Water Heating

How to: Save on Water HeatingEvery time you turn on a hot water fixture or an appliance that uses hot water in your home, your water heater goes to work. It also works a lot in between uses maintaining the thermostat temperature. All that work and energy usage can really add up quickly in higher water heating bills.

 

The secret to lowering your water heating bill is to combine conservation efforts and more efficient water heating. Here are some great tips to help!

Turn Back Hot Water Temperature

Turning back your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees is safer to use by preventing scalding and it saves energy. After you’ve turned back the thermostat a notch, use a thermometer to measure hot water temperature from the most distant fixture. You’ll need to wait a few hours in between adjustments.

Clean Your Water Heater

Debris and deposits inside your water heater make it work harder, use more energy, contaminate water and can cause your water heater to breakdown or fail early. You’ve got a lot to gain in addition to energy savings by flushing your water heater.

  • Turn off the water heater’s electricity and gas as applicable.
  • Close the water inlet valve.
  • Attach a garden hose to the drain. Extend the hose outside or to a floor drain.
  • Turn on the drain to empty the water heater.
  • After the water has drained, turn on the water inlet valve to flush more water through for a few minutes.
  • Close the drain valve and fill the water heater.
  • Disconnect the water hose, and turn on the electricity and gas.
  • Drain a gallon every few months to help prevent buildup.

Install a Timer

Water heater timers can save a lot of money — especially if your water heater is located in an unconditioned area of your home. Timers are available in basic switches, countdown timers, box timers, programmable devices and WiFi-enabled timers.

 

Work with a reputable HVAC contractor, and you’ll save money on your water heating bill and your HVAC system all summer long.

 

Please contact Powers Heating & Air for the best water heater and HVAC services in Peachtree City.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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Tankless Water Heaters in Your House: A List of Pros and Cons

Tankless Water Heaters in Your House: A List of Pros and ConsThe tankless water heater has been around for a good while now — long enough for most plumbing companies to have formed some realistic views about the pros and cons of this technology. If you’ve heard some buzz about tankless and you’re thinking that might be the way to go in your home, you may want to read the following assessment before you buy.

What Is Tankless Technology?

Tankless water heaters are the opposite of storage water heaters. Just as the name suggests, there’s no tank and no storage; the water is heated by an electric element or a gas burner, and is delivered continuously, although the flow rate may be limited. Gas-powered types provide higher flow rates than electric ones.

Pros and Cons

While hot water on demand sounds enticing, be aware that even the largest model won’t supply enough hot water for large households when the demand includes multiple, simultaneous uses.

 

Homeowners should plan on installing more than one of these tankless models to meet the higher demand. It may also be necessary to install additional units for appliances, such as a dishwasher or a clothes washer.

 

For households with lower hot water demand — less than 41 gallons a day — tankless technology can be very efficient, while for homes that use at least 86 gallons a day, that efficiency is considerably less.

 

Another advantage is that tankless models last a long time. Although they cost more initially than a storage-type water heater, homeowners may realize savings over time because of the appliance’s long life, in addition to lower operating and energy costs. Parts are also fairly easy to replace, so that the lifetime of the tankless appliance can be as much as 20 years. Storage heaters, by comparison, are expected to last only 10 to 15 years.

 

Yet another advantage of interest to homeowners with smaller homes and garages is that the tankless units save on space, since there’s no tank to accommodate.

 

If you’d like to learn whether a tankless water heater would work in your home, contact Powers Heating and Air of Peachtree City, at 770-487-2949.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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When Temperatures Drop, Bundle Up Your Water Heater

When Temperatures Drop, Bundle Up Your Water HeaterThe most ignored appliance in many homes is the water heater because it’s tucked out of sight, operates silently and seldom fails. It’s also the second-most hungry appliance in the typical home, using around 20 percent of all energy consumed in a year. Wrapping it with an insulating blanket will cut its energy consumption and prolong its lifetime.

 

These blankets, found at home improvement centers, cost little compared to the energy savings they offer. Older storage tank water heaters may not have enough insulation wrapped around the tank to prevent the heat from the water from seeping out, and in the winter, those standby losses increase. Consequently, it uses more energy.

Detecting Standby Losses

Place your hand on the outside of the tank. If it feels warm to you, chances are, it lacks insulation. A hand-held infrared digital thermometer will also tell you how much warmer the tank’s shell is than the air temperature.

Selecting a Blanket

Before purchasing an insulating wrap, measure the water heater’s height, circumference and note its size in gallons. Determine whether it’s gas or electric. If yours is gas, you may want to ask a plumber or HVAC technician to install it for you, since gas water heaters have specific requirements for installation that keep them safe.

Installing the Blanket

You can trim an oversize blanket for a precise fit. Follow the directions carefully and make sure you don’t cover the thermostat for the water heater. Turn the thermostat down to 120 degrees to prevent the wiring from overheating.

 

Lowering the temperature also reduces the amount of dissolved solids that form at the bottom of the tank, which extends its lifetime and reduces scalding injuries. You might want to choose the heat setting on your dishwasher if it has that option to bring the temperature back to 140 degrees when you wash a load.

 

It’s relatively easy and inexpensive to improve the efficiency of your water heater. If you’d like to learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowners.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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Discover the Best Place to Put Your Tankless Water Heater

Discover the Best Place to Put Your Tankless Water HeaterA tankless water heater is an efficient way to increase hot water in your Peachtree City home. It’s important to place your water heater correctly for proper operation. Keep these considerations in mind to make sure you choose the ideal placement for your new tankless water heater installation.

Near High-Demand Areas

Consider where you most want to have access to hot water. Are you battling cold showers? Do you want a more readily available supply of hot water for your clothes washer? Place your water heater as close as possible to the area where you want to provide the hot water supply. You can even install multiple water heaters in your home if you have a lot of space to cover.

With Direct Venting

Venting is important for a tankless water heater. Ideally, your water heater will have the shortest vent possible with a minimal number of bends. Place your heater somewhere you can utilize a short, straight vent whenever possible.

Away from the Elements

Your water heater should not be exposed to the elements. If you must place it outside, keep it away from insects, rain, and direct sunlight. If the water in the heater freezes, it can cause serious damage to the unit. It is safe from freezing when it’s on, but if you lose power, the water heater is at risk if it’s placed outside, so it’s important to protect it from freezing.

With proper placement and regular maintenance, you can enjoy hot, efficient water from a tankless water heater. Keep these considerations in mind as you upgrade your water heater. For assistance managing your home comfort needs, contact Powers Heating & Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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