Considerations When Upgrading Your Water Heater


Despite the fact that upgrading your water heater can be a major project to undertake, it may greatly improve the quality of life in your home as well as allow you to avoid some issues. Throughout the process of choosing a new water heater, there are considerations that may help you.

Prioritize Energy Efficiency

The water heater in a home can be one of the most energy-intensive appliances in the house. This can make it extremely beneficial to choose a water heating system that will use as little energy as possible. When you are evaluating potential systems, they will have an energy efficiency rating on them that will make it easier to compare these systems in a meaningful way.

Consider Whether You Need A Higher Capacity System

If your family is growing, you may be encountering situations where you are running out of hot water on a regular basis. Improving the capacity of your water heater may help you to avoid these issues. For those that are finding it difficult to choose a size for their water heater, it may be best to opt for a tankless system. One of these water heating systems will be able to provide your home with an almost endless supply of hot water due to it warming water as it passes through a series of tubes.

Recycle Your Old Water Heater

After your new water heater has been installed, you will be faced with the issue of disposing of your previous system. Unfortunately, individuals will often simply throw away these devices. This can be extremely wasteful due to the valuable metals and other materials that are in a water heater. A better alternative is to recycle the water heater or to sell it for scrap metal. This can allow you to avoid needing to take the water heater to the landfill as these services will almost always pick up these items from their customers.

Follow Your Homeowners Insurance Reporting Requirements

Some homeowners insurance policies will require major upgrades to be reported. The exact rules concerning this reporting process as well as the types of upgrades that will need to be reported can vary greatly. One requirement that is fairly common is for this upgrade to only be done by a licensed and bonded professional. Researching this information before starting the replacement process can allow you to avoid accidentally making mistakes that could compromise the coverage of your insurance. If you are unsure of how to interpret the details of your policy, contacting your insurance agent can allow you to clarify any points of confusion.

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29 October 2018

Cool off Your AC Bill

Every summer, I agonized over energy bills that would shoot into the stratosphere as a result of my efforts to keep cool in the heat. Every time I turned the temperature down, my bills increased. This summer, I decided to take some of the control over my energy bill back. I installed reflective film on my windows that reduced the amount of light and heat coming into the house. I started serving more cold meals or asking my husband to barbecue outside, so that my air conditioner didn't have to compete with the hot stove, and I started doing laundry at night to reduce appliance heat in the house at peak times. I also had ceiling fans installed. So far, the difference in my bill has been tremendous. This blog is a way for me to explore other ways to reduce energy drain during the summer months.