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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

3 Ways To Take Care Of Your Water Heater

by Jamie Shaw

Your water heater is a piece of equipment that you rely on every day. Your water heater is what provides you with hot water for your shower, to clean your clothes, and to sanitize your dishes. Your hot water heater is an integral part of your home. Here are a few ways to take care of your water heater:

#1: Give Your Water Heater Space

First off, make sure that your water heater is not hidden behind a pile of boxes in your garage, or covered up with old winter jackets inside of a random closet. Make sure that your water heater is easy to access. Your water heater should have a few feet of space around it on all sides; this will help ensure your water heater has enough oxygen flowing around it. Access to enough oxygen is important for your water heater's burner chamber.  

#2: Know What Type of Water Heater You Have

Second, you should know what type of water heater you have. You should know what type of fuel it uses – natural gas, propane, or electricity. You should know if it's a tankless or storage tank-style water heater. You should also know the model number, serial number, and gallon capacity. Have all of this information written down somewhere that is easy to access. This information will come in handy if you ever need to call your local water heater repair services to help you with your water heater.  

#3: Warm Up Your Water Heater

Your water heater's main job is warm up water. This can be a lot easier to achieve if the water heater itself is also warm. Wrap up and insulate your water heater and the pipes that lead to it; this will help reduce the energy and effort your water heater has to go through to heat up your water.  

Be sure to also insulate all the hot water pipes that lead from your water heater to your home. This will help increase the hot water volume to your home, which basically means you'll get more hot water to your home and will not have to turn up the heat so much every time you turn on the hot water faucet.  You should wrap all ducts that flow into your hot water heater as well. 

There are lots of easy ways to take care of your hot water heater. Give your hot water heater space to breathe and allow oxygen to flow freely. Insulate the ducts and pipes flowing in and out of your water heater, and wrap up your water heater as well. Know what type of water heater you have so you can easily get it fixed, if necessary.