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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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So Many Choices for a Water Heater — Tips For Finding the Right One

So Many Choices for a Water Heater -- Tips For Finding the Right OneThe water heater that you install in your home will be responsible for a big chunk of your monthly energy bill. It is therefore important to not only install a unit that is capable of providing sufficient hot water for your needs, you also need to look at the energy efficiency of the unit. There is a range of water heaters available on the market, and the best one for your home will depend on your requirements.

Types of Water Heaters

  • The conventional type of water heater offers a storage tank of hot water.
  • The sun is used as a source of energy by solar water heaters.
  • With tankless water heaters, water is heated on demand.
  • Hot water is moved from one point to another by heat pump water heaters.
  • Your home’s space heating system is used with tankless coil and indirect water heaters.

Tips for Finding the Best Water Heater for Your Home

  • The fuel type, availability of fuel and the cost of the fuel will play a vital part in the cost effectiveness of your water heater.
  • Incorrectly sized water heaters will not be efficient and it is therefore important to size your unit properly.
  • Compare the energy efficiency of the various types of water heaters before making a final decision.
  • Compare the expected life cycle and the estimated maintenance cost of each system prior to installing a water heating system in your home.

Types of Fuel

  • Electricity is widely available and can be used for conventional, tankless, heat pump water heaters and can also be used in combination with space heating systems.
  • Fuel oil can be used for conventional and space heating systems.
  • Geothermal energy is used with a geothermal heat pump system.
  • Natural gas can be used for conventional, tankless and space heating systems.
  • Propane can be used for conventional, tankless and space heating systems.

For more expert advice and assistance with water heater tips and other HVAC related issues, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve the Peachtree City, GA area.

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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Tankless Or Traditional Water Heaters — Comparing Pros And Cons

Tankless Or Traditional Water Heaters -- Comparing Pros And ConsTankless water heaters have been a feature on the European market for several decades, where they’re known as instantaneous water heaters, but they’re a relatively new innovation on the U.S. mass market.

Making an informed decision between tankless and traditional water heaters means comparing pros and cons. Here are a few things to bear in mind:

  • Delivery — Traditional water heaters can only supply a volume of water that’s limited by the size of the tank. Typically a household tank holds 50 gallons or less, and an average bathtub takes 37 gallons to fill. With a tank system, once the hot water is gone, it’s gone. Until the heating elements bring another tank-full up to temperature, no one can have a shower or run the dishwasher or clean their hands. A tankless system delivers an infinite volume of hot water, only on demand.
  • Economy — With a tankless system, there’s no waste. Because hot water is not stored and waiting to be used, the heat you pay for is delivered immediately, not lost to the atmosphere. Lost heat translated directly into wasted money.
  • Space — Water tanks take up a great deal of space; they typically occupy an entire closet. A tankless water heater is smaller in comparison and is attached to the wall in a convenient location. Access and airflow must not be blocked, but otherwise you won’t even know it’s there. The entire area where the old tank once stood is freed up, and who couldn’t use more storage space?

The government’s tax credit incentive for the installation of tankless water heaters expired at the end of 2011, but their energy-efficient performance still makes them worth considering. Whether your current equipment needs to be replaced or you’re simply considering an upgrade, consult the experts at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve homeowners in and around the Peachtree City area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about water heaters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Powers Heating & Air serves Peachtree, GA and the surrounding areas.  Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

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Water Heaters: These 5 Tips Will Give Energy Bills A Boost

Water Heaters: These 5 Tips Will Give Energy Bills A BoostSaving energy at home puts more money in your pocket, and a great place to start is your water heater. Your heater is the third-highest utility expense in your home, following heating and cooling. Follow these five tips to help you save money:  

  • Insulate the tank. If you hold your hand against the heater tank and feel any warmth, your appliance needs insulating. Home-improvement stores sell insulation jackets or blankets. When covering tank for an electric heater, be sure you leave the thermostat uncovered. A gas heater is more complex because it requires fresh air for venting, so if you’re not familiar with gas, contact a plumber or utility technician to help you.
  • Turn the thermostat down to 115 or 120 degrees. This is especially important if you insulate your tank because heat can build around it. When you need hotter water, heat it on the stove or in the microwave.
  • Drain a quart of water from the tank every other month to reduce the dissolved solids that collect near the bottom of the tank. These solids increase the cost of heating water and by draining them away, you increase your heater’s life and lower your costs.
  • Put your water heater on a timer and set it to turn on just before you get up in the morning. If the whole family is gone during the day, program the timer to shut off after you leave and turn on before you get home.
  • Consider buying Energy Star-labeled water heaters when it’s time to replace your existing tank. Although the appliances cost a little more, your energy savings will be immediate and lasting.

Contact us at Powers Heating & Air in Peachtree City to help you find ways to lower your energy bills.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about water heaters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Powers Heating & Air serves Peachtree, GA and the surrounding areas.  Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

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