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Solar Water Heaters

On average, a third of the average household's energy is put toward heating water. The use of a solar water heater can and will reduce the need for conventional water heating by about two-thirds. A solar water heater is more expensive to install than a traditional water heater, but you end up making that money back in energy savings within the first few years. This is why investing in a solar water heater is a smart and cost effective alternative to a traditional water heater.

Solar water heaters use the sun to heat either water or a heat-transfer fluid in collectors. There are three main systems which include an active system, a thermosiphon system, and a full batch system. Active systems use pumps to move the heat transfer fluid. Thermosiphon systems use a tank mounted above the collector and as the collector heats the water, it rises to the storage tank. With full batch systems, the solar collector is the water tank.

In some cases, the plumbing from a solar heater connects to a conventional water heater, which stays inactive as long as the water coming in from the solar water heater is hot or hotter than the temperature setting on the indoor water heater. If the water is not hot enough then the conventional water heater warms it up.

Similar to a traditional water heater, certain factors determine which size tank is best for your household. The size of your tank is determined by the amount of bathrooms in your house, the amount of laundry that gets done and whether or not your house has an especially large bathtub.

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Maximizing Hot Water

Maximizing Hot Water
Water heaters have needs too! A simple and inexpensive maintenance program can lengthen the life of your water heater and practically eliminate the need to replace it. Below are some tips to help get the most from your water heater. Use an insulation blanket to make a water heater more energy-efficient. Regularly clean your water heater.

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Sump Pumps

Sump Pumps
Sump pumps are responsible for pumping excess ground water from the basement to the outside of the home. For those of you that have ever experience water back up in your basement, you know all about how much cleaning is involved and how much damage can be caused. A sump pump is your best defensive against this ever happening.

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Hiring a Plumber

Hiring a Plumber
Hiring a plumber is very similar to purchasing a car. In both situations, it isn’t wise to go to the yellow pages, choose a dealership/plumber at random, and pay for the car/services without shopping around. As silly as that sounds, it is very common for homeowners to find a plumber that way. The best advice to offer when it comes to hiring a plumber is to do your research and find a qualified plumber who can suit your needs the best.

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