Potentials and Challenges of Solar-assisted Heat Pumps

October 7th, 2019

Solar-assisted heat pumps are being introduced as hybrid climate control systems. Simply put, the technology couples two energy-efficient heating technologies together to create a single, blended climate controlling system. Without the solar panels, the refrigerant-powered equipment does its best to absorb heat out of the outside air. Paired now with a solar collector unit, the […]

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How to Determine the Ideal Temperature Setting for a Hot Water Tank Thermostat?

September 25th, 2019

Why are hot water tank thermostats set at higher temperatures? For once, here’s a simple question to answer. It’s because of system contaminants. No, not the hard water minerals that leave scaly rings around everything. It’s the bacteria that would otherwise thrive in warm water. Hotter than 60°C, harmful microbes can’t survive in steamy hot […]

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The Differences between Active and Passive Solar Water Heaters

September 2nd, 2019

Free hot water, freshly warmed by the sun, that’s what solar technology has provided to homeowners. The energy-efficient panels grab the heat right out of the sky. However, from here, things flow in two possible directions. That’s because there are two separate solar water heating architectures. In one system, warm water is convection circulated. In […]

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What are the Differences Between Direct and Indirect Water Heaters?

August 19th, 2019

You may consider your water heater one of the most important appliances in your home. It provides hot water for bathing and washing dishes. If you need to purchase a new water heater, you will find a number of options. You may want to choose between direct and indirect water heaters. Both heat water sufficiently […]

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When Does Your Water Heater Need a Thermal Expansion Tank?

August 7th, 2019

Standing in front of a water heater, if a heating engineer suggests the installation of a Thermal Expansion Tank, it would be nice not to feel the need to ask questions. You know precisely what he’s talking about, so you’re aware of the implications and ready to make an informed decision. At any rate, the […]

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Replace Your Old Water Heater System with Solar Powered Heaters for Sustainability

July 18th, 2019

According to some of the more reliable home statistics gatherers, a fully operational water heater system eats masses of electrical energy. Only air conditioners consume more. Think about how badly an old water heater system would then perform. On second thoughts, don’t dwell on such things; the energy lost by that ailing equipment is just […]

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Understanding the Function Anode Rods Play in a Water Heater System

July 1st, 2019

A relatively straightforward set of components inhabit a water heater system. A gas burner or electric element heats a tank filled with water. In a tankless model, it’s a heat exchanger that provides on-demand hot water. Thermostat, heat source, and delivery system, the equipment parts come together. Anode rods aren’t a super-obvious system feature, though. […]

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FAQ: Does the Alkalinity of Water Affect the Performance of a Water Heater System?

June 19th, 2019

High alkalinity problems, as found in residential water supplies, impact water heating systems. Flowing through appliance innards, the high pH fluid hamstrings system performance. Never fear, this FAQ is here to show you how to stave off the effects of these harsh chemical influences. Starting with a quick look at the sources of alkaline water, […]

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Continuous Flow Gas Water Heater: Why is it Ideal for a Large Family?

June 7th, 2019

Continuous flow gas water heaters are able to scale upwards to serve larger homes. With other appliances, that feature comes at a cost. The implications are clear, non-continuous models have storage tanks. Consequently, if you imbue one with more capacity, that tank has to grow in size. That’s not exactly a good feature to have, […]

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What Makes Small Capacity Rheem Electric Water Heaters Ideal for Small Apartments and Kitchens?

May 15th, 2019

It’s a good question, what does make a small capacity, electrically powered Rheem Water Heater the perfect fit for a limited-space apartment? To answer what should be a straightforward query, let’s first define the dimensions of that small living space. Is it a studio apartment or a one-bedroom flat? What about the kitchen? If we’re […]

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Malfunctioning Thermocouple in Water Heaters: What are its Implications?

May 1st, 2019

The notion that an appliance thermocouple can malfunction constitutes something of a worry. Let’s clarify the matter so that you can understand why this possibility is so alarming. As a general rule, at least in gas-flamed systems, thermocouples are designed to shut off the gas if the pilot light goes out. Otherwise, they’re never used. […]

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Hot Water Supply for One-Bedroom Apartments: Install Rheem Electric Water Heaters

April 18th, 2019

As much as it’s possible to undersize a hot water system, it’s also conceivable that a heating engineer could oversize the equipment. Clearly, a lone occupant won’t need as much hot water as a family unit. What’s more, a landlord won’t call on that technician’s services again if the equipment wastes energy. With capacity and […]

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