04/25/13

Water Heater Settings

My goal as a serviceman advisor is to save you money. How does you’re your water heater relate to your wallet?

Save money through proper temperature settings.

Have I set my water temperature too high? Do I really need the water to be “That Hot”? Well, just think what a few degrees can save you when you pay your energy bill! By the way, many children in this country are burned by water coming out of an ordinary spigot. It is a great deal safer to have your water heater turned down a bit!

Ever hear that hot water gets things cleaner? Don’t believe everything you hear. Most dishwashers have an element that will heat incoming water to the appropriate temperature as recommended by the dishwasher manufacturer. Most clothes washers will clean your clothes just fine with warm water. Detergents today are designed to work as well in warm water, as they would in hot water.

Let’s look closer. Most water heaters have calibrations by individual hash marks and / or letters, and not temperature settings. Is this confusing? It can be but let’s make it simple.

Some thermostat settings range from “Very Hot, decreasing down to “Vacation.”

Others will go from “Hot” to “Warm” and down to “Vacation.”

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04/25/13

Top 5 Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

A tankless hot water heater is one of the most optimum options for home improvement in terms of energy efficiency and cost saving. Highly energy efficient, it will not only help you in your monthly saving, but also give you access to unlimited hot water at a moment’s notice. It has several advantages over the conventional tank water heater and here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider one.

Decrease Water Heating Bill

With no storage tank, there is no water that requires warming or continuous heat. Instead, it warms the water on demand by allowing you to set a temperature which is not only optimal but safe. This actually helps you on your energy bill as you do not pay any standby cost wastes away in radiant heat loss.

You Never Run Out of Hot Water

As these water heaters provide hot water instantly on demand, they never run out of hot water supply. Although you would never do this, you could technically run hot water all day without running out since it is generated on demand.

It Lasts Longer

The majority of the tankless heaters comes with a warranty of approximately 10 to 15 years and can last as long as 20 years. Additionally, since it does not accumulate any water there is less maintenance, replacements or hassle. A tank heater, on the other hand, has a much shorter life and maintenance costs over the long haul will be higher.

Provides Cleaner Water

Since, the tankless water heater does not store any hot water; it handles sediments and water minerals efficiently as compared to the conventional tanks. As a result, there is no rust or any mineral deposit in the water, making the water absolutely fresh, healthy and clean for use.

Saves on Valuable Floor Space

Tankless water heater are very small in size and can be easily placed anywhere in the home. The best part of this heater is that it can be hung, which saves your valuable floor space and the space is freed up for other things. A compact tankless water heater provides not only cost savings but space savings as well.

Highly energy efficient, tankless water systems are not only convenient but also very functional. If you are tired of your tank water heater that requires maintenance time and again, consider the advantages of a tankless heater. You can have peace of mind when you install a quality tankless water heater.

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04/25/13

Comparing Gas and Electric Water Heaters

If you are a homeowner, you need to consider the type of water heater to use for your home. Two of the most common types of heaters that are available on the market are electric and gas water heaters.

You should consider certain factors before you make an investment in an appliance that you will likely own for years. Some of the basic facts you should know about both types of water heaters are described herein.

Energy Consumption

Electric heaters are specially designed to consume less energy by using internal heating elements that apply energy directly to the water. Gas heaters waste a lot of energy, since the gas flame is applied to the outside of the tank, allowing about 30% of the energy to dissipate into the air. However, don’t forget that most electric power companies use gas or other fossil fuels to create electricity, but your home gas water heater applies the energy from the gas directly to the task at hand, with no middle man.

Lifetime

How long can you expect to use your water heater before it needs major repair or replacement? Normally, the lifetime of a device depends on its use, but there are several other factors that define the life of a water heater. The water tank of a gas heater is more likely to corrode, since it is directly exposed to the source of heat.

One life expectancy factor that is the same for both types of heaters is the hardness of the water being supplied to the tank. Calcium deposits can speed up corrosion considerably.

Purchasing Cost

The price of water heaters will, of course, depend on their quality and any special features you may decide on. However, a simple gas heater can be bought for only $200, whereas a simple electric heater will cost around $500.

Operating Cost

What it costs to operate your water heater depends considerably on where you live. If your home is in an areas where electricity is expensive compared to gas, you would save money in the long run by purchasing a gas heater, of course. And visa versa. There is no easy way to determine how much it will cost you to run an electric or gas heater, but you can get a rough idea by reviewing the utility bills for your home, if you use both types of energy already.

Environmental Concerns

Nowadays, most people are making an effort to go green, if feasible. Gas heaters do emit a small amount of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. But this is actually less than the emissions given off to produce the electricity used by an electric heater.

Safety

Although unlikely, the chances of a gas leak from a gas heater causing an explosion are probably a lot greater than your chances of getting electrocuted due to faulty wiring of an electric heater.

Conclusion

As you have seen, there are factors that favor each type of water heater. We have tried to present an unbiased assessment of the pros and cons. But in the end the decision is yours. Just be sure that you take the time to analyze the above factors in relation to your home.