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What You Need To Know About New Water Heaters

 What You Need To Know About New Water Heaters

Water Heaters Energy Usage
Water heating is typically the second largest energy use in a home, after heating and cooling, and can account for 14%-25% of household energy consumption. In the United States energy consumed by residential water heaters accounts for 11% of the electricity and 24% of the natural gas consumed in the residential sector. However, residential hot water use is variable and depends on the number of people in the household, the type of appliances, and the climate in which the house is located.
New NAECA Energy Standards 
Who made the new rulings?
The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) was approved by Congress and is administered by the US Department of Energy (DOE). This is the same organization that oversees the EnergyStar program. That translates to: this is serious business and a real change for all water heaters sold in the US.
What are the new water heater regulations?
Water heaters produced after April 16, 2015 must conform to new energy efficiency standards. These translate to a mandatory increase of 3% – 30% greater efficiency vs. current models. The amount varies by tank size based on formulas. The larger the tank, the more the efficiency is required. The gains in efficiency are small, but given that the vast majority of homes in America have a water heater; small can add up to big savings for the environment.
How does this affect me?
If you have a tankless water heater with an efficiency rating above .82, (all tankless heaters that we sell meet this standard), good news, your water heateralready complies. However if you are in one of the many homes, condos and apartments with a standard tank water heater – please read on!

In order to gain the efficiency, manufacturers will be adding additional insulation to water heater tanks. This will impact you as follows:

Fitting it in your house.Unlike the new light bulbs that fit in the same [...]

By |February 29th, 2016|Suggestions|0 Comments|

How Often Should You Change Air Filters

Does Your Air Filter Need To Be Changed?

Changing furnace and return air filters is critical to the proper performance of your HVAC system, not to mention your home’s air quality. Studies show that indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks? We know it’s the last thing on your mind, but this is really important stuff. Changing the air filters is not all that hard for most homeowners, but there are usually two challenges to actually completing this job:

Knowing just how often to change your furnace or air conditioner filter.
Remembering to change air filters when needed.

When To Change Your Air Filters

This is not a trick; simply put – when your air filters are dirty, change them. Choosing how often to change your air filters can depend on several factors:

Type of filter your A/C system requires
The overall air quality of your home
Pets – Birds, cats, dogs, hamsters (do you have one?), etc.
Number of occupants in the house
General air pollution in the your city or construction taking place nearby

For your typical 1″-3″ air filters, the manufacturer specs basically say to change them bi-monthly, which is in fact a great rule of thumb. However, general guidelines are not applicable to all. If you have to tolerate light to moderate allergies, you may need to upgrade the air filter or change them even more regularly than typical specifications. On the other hand, if you’re in a remote area, own a infrequently occupied home (like a vacation home) or an area where there are fewer cars around, replacing your air filters each year may be quite sufficient. Why do pets matter so much? They have a tendency to shed, which can [...]

By |February 24th, 2016|Suggestions|0 Comments|

8 Best Home Owner Tips For Cold Weather

First, It is always a good idea to insulate any exposed pipes. Key places to look: the attic, crawl spaces, outside walls or unfinished basements. When it comes to insulation more insulation means more protection. Use blanket insulation, insulation strips and foam pipe insulation.
Be on the lookout for cracks or crevices where air can get in. Air movement is the number one cause of frozen pipes in pump houses, crawl spaces, and basements. If you find any, insulate well or use caulk or Great Stuff foam sealant to fill the cracks.
If the temperatures are dropping extremely low allow your water to drip out of a couple of faucets. By allowing the faucets to drip, you are reducing the pressure behind any ice that may have built up. If the dripping ceases leave the faucets open. There may be a section of frozen pipe, but there will be no pressure built up behind it to make it burst.
If pipes are on an outside wall in a cabinet they may be at risk for freezing. Here is an easy fix: open any cabinet doors that house piping. Frozen pipes can be prevented by letting a room’s warmer air reach them.
Don’t turn down the thermostat, especially at night. Most people like to allow the temperature in the house to lower and snuggle up with more blankets. The coldest times tend to be through the night so make sure you have significant heat in the house while you sleep.
Before temperatures drop, disconnect all garden hoses and drain the water from the short pipe that leads to the outside tap. Make sure to install a outside spigot with a vacuum breaker to prevent the faucet [...]

By |October 22nd, 2014|Suggestions|0 Comments|

Spider/Bug Problem?

Do you have problems with spiders hanging out around you doors, window, decks, or kids play area? For around 20 bucks you can get rid of this pesky little problem. The Bengal Roach Spray at Burleson Plumbing & Heating is a odorless, non staining, insect killer that is incredibly effective. It may not say the word spider of the can but I can personally testify that it will get rid of them. We are now stocking the Giant Economy Size 16 oz can that can last up to 2 years. Simply spray around the windows and doors of your home once or twice a year and the spiders will vanish.