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A couple of months ago, the HVAC unit in my home started malfunctioning. The temperature inside my home soared to over eighty degrees Fahrenheit, even though my air conditioning system ran nonstop. After inspecting my air conditioning unit, my knowledgeable HVAC contractor recommended I purchase a new system. He discussed the pros and cons of installing different sizes of HVAC units with me. After considering my HVAC contractor’s advice, I decided to purchase a three and a half ton HVAC unit. Shortly after my HVAC contractor installed my new air conditioning unit, my house started feeling more comfortable. On this blog, I hope you will discover how an HVAC contractor can help you select the right air conditioning unit for your home. Enjoy!


The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

How Can You Make Your Water Heater More Efficient?

by Jamie Shaw

No one likes to waste energy; it's costly and it's bad for the environment. But did you know that your water heater is a great home appliance to target for better energy performance? Here are some easy ways to get better efficiency from your water heater.

Balance Water Consumption Against the Appliance's Load

Each appliance is rated for its expected output. For water heaters, you may see an estimate of the number of hours it can run through the year or the number of gallons it can efficiently heat in that timespan. Now use your water bill or water meter to get an estimate of how much water you're currently using. If your water consumption is close to the limits of the water heater's output, you are probably not getting the most efficient performance out of your water heater. The more you can reduce your water heater's production demands, the better performance you'll get. Do you work well at close to your maximum work output? Neither does your water heater! In some rare cases, this may mean swapping out your water heater for a more powerful unit.

Maintain Your Plumbing

Imagine your water heater does a great job and heats up some water for your bath. But a tenth of it leaks out on its way to the water spigot. Leaks in home plumbing systems take a big toll on energy efficiency. And, they are an accident waiting to happen. Biannual plumbing maintenance is a great idea because your plumber will troubleshoot the system and identify leaks that are taking away from your home's efficiency.

Consider Eco-Friendly Water Heating

Many new devices are coming onto the market that use solar energy to heat water. They may not completely replace your water heater, but they do provide some free energy each day and they can help you reduce the load on your water heater.

Turn Off Boilers and Heaters When You're Away

If you tend to travel for days or weeks at a time, you could save a lot of energy by learning to turn off your boiler and water heater while you're away. That hot water reserve must constantly be maintained when the boiler is on, and if you're not planning to use hot water for awhile, there's no real need to keep that water boiling. Just remember that you will need to turn your water heater back on at least 30 minutes before you decide to fill up a bath tub or run a dishwasher full of hot water.

For more information, contact companies like AAA Home Services.