Tankless Water Heaters: Energy Efficiency Not worth Homeowner Cost

At some point every homeowner will experience the need to replace their hot water heating system. In the last few years, tankless water heaters have become increasingly popular with higher energy efficiency ratings than conventional tank systems. A tankless system heats hot water as you call for it. Simply put, when you turn on your hot water tap, the water enters the tankless unit, the flow sensor detects the water flow, the control board automatically ignites the burner circulating the water through the heat exchanger heating it up, and when the tap is turned off the unit shuts off. In theory, this method of hot water heating sounds ideal. But the reality paints a much different picture, one much more costly for homeowners.

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R22 vs. R410a Refrigerant: What it Means to You This Cooling Season

Since the early 1990’s a radical shift has been taking place in the air conditioning industry. R-22 refrigerant – also known as Freon – has been completely phased out of production in favor of a superior refrigerant called R410a, also known as Puron. The reasons for this shift in refrigerant are mainly environmental. R-22 poses serious environmental risks as leaks in A/C compressors contribute to releasing hydrochloroflourocarbons (HFCF’s) into the air, depleting the ozone layer and contributing to greenhouse warming. R410a A/C compressors are also more energy efficient, another important factor when considering the environmental impact of home cooling.

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How to Choose Between a Disposable and High Efficiency Furnace Filter

Furnace filters were originally designed for protection. But with rising concerns for indoor air quality, high efficiency furnace filters with denser media are becoming the norm. Electrostatic filters, electronic air cleaners, HEPA filters, and allergen filters are sweeping the market and providing health benefits for homeowners. But that isn’t the whole picture.

While disposable filters do not provide significant indoor air quality benefits, they have provided homeowners with years of dependable performance by providing proficient air flow to the furnace. Air flow is the most important factor ensuring your furnace does not overheat which could cause costly mechanical damage. If indoor air quality is not a chief concern, many homeowners wonder is a high efficiency filter worth it? The answer may be no.

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