Once the cooler weather hits here in Fort Collins this fall, you are going to want the inside of your home toasty and comfortable. This means turning on your furnace. Long before the first night you’ll want to use it, you should have your furnace cleaned and checked by a professional from Balance Point.
You may think this maintenance is unimportant and you can save money by forgoing it, but you would be mistaken. Here are five reasons you should call to schedule your appointment today.
1. It prevents unexpected and costly breakdowns.
When you schedule your furnace clean and check regularly on an annual basis, you are preventing breakdowns. By having one of our seasoned experts inspect and clean your system, he or she can spot any impending repairs or weaknesses. This alerts you so you can take care of the issue in a timely manner, circumventing middle-of-the-night emergencies when emergency services will cost you more.
2. It saves on monthly energy bills.
By having your furnace cleaned regularly, which includes replacing or cleaning your filter, your furnace can work more efficiently, saving you energy. Once it gets dirty, airflow becomes diminished and blocked. This causes your furnace to work harder, using more energy to do the same amount of work it normally does under easier conditions.
3. It keeps you and your family safe.
When your furnace is not inspected and cleaned before you use it every fall, you run the risk of missing a possible unsafe issue or repair. Sometimes something as dangerous as a cracked heat exchanger can occur.
According to the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), this can leak toxic carbon monoxide into your Colorado home’s air, and you may not be aware of it at the beginning stages of the problem. By then, dangerous levels of the poisonous gas could already be in your home. One of our professional and highly trained technicians can spot and address safety issues prior to them becoming unsafe.
4. It extends your furnace’s life span.
Your furnace is meant to run smoothly and efficiently, with an expected life span of 15 to 20 years (for gas furnaces). When you neglect its annual clean and check, the dirt and dust accumulated inside builds up and causes problems.
This in turn forces your system to work harder, wearing down its parts sooner. Keeping things running smoothly helps your furnace live a long and healthy life.
5. It keeps the warranty valid.
Your furnace most likely came with a manufacturer’s warranty. Many of these warranties specify that regular maintenance needs to be performed to keep the system in tip-top shape and to prevent unneeded repairs. By not scheduling these maintenance appointments, your chance of incurring repairs increases and may void your warranty.
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To ensure the best results for both your furnace and your pocketbook, be sure to schedule your annual furnace clean-and-check appointment before the cold weather hits here in Fort Collins, CO. You want your furnace to start right up without issue. Call one of our Balance Point team members at 970-480-0387 or request service online to make your appointment today.Continue Reading
Think of your heating and cooling (HVAC) system components as the instruments in a quiet symphony.
When all the pieces are in good condition and work in harmony, the only sounds you will hear will be the quiet hum of a motor and whisper of air as it exits registers in your Colorado home.
An HVAC system operating at peak efficiency is music to the ears.
An HVAC system in need of professional attention produces noise.
Unusual sounds may indicate the need for a tune-up, cleaning, or repair. The experts at Balance Point can decipher the noise and get your system back on track. They have the knowledge and experience it takes to keep your HVAC equipment running at peak efficiency and delivering the comfort you expect in your Loveland home.
According to ENERGY STAR®, annual energy bills top $2,200 in the average household. Half of that cost goes to heating and cooling systems. Maintaining HVAC equipment is essential to keeping costs down and more money in your pocket.
You can troubleshoot your furnace, air conditioner, heat pump, and ductwork by paying attention to sensory cues. If the equipment emits strange odors or working parts look worn and dirty, it may be time to call for professional help. Listening to your HVAC system is one of the easiest ways to be proactive.
What is your HVAC system trying to tell you? Here is a guide to some typical sounds:
- Screaming—If your air conditioner sounds like the victim in a horror film, it may have a refrigerant leak or too much pressure in its compressor. Turn the system off and call one of our professionals.
- Squealing or screeching—These sounds are like the high-pitched noise from worn brakes or metal on metal. They may indicate a worn belt or motor bearing. Sometimes the motor simply needs lubrication. Replacing the belt and lubricating the motor are not for do-it-yourselfers. For fast, quality, and expert service, call the professionals at Balance Point.
- Rattling—If you notice rattling near an air register, it could mean the grille is loose. A rattling sound from within an air duct usually signals the presence of debris. Did you inadvertently drop a nail through the register or did someone in the family force a tiny toy through the grille? It may be time for a thorough duct cleaning.
Debris inside the outdoor unit of the air conditioning system also can cause rattling. Other possibilities include a loose fan and loose parts in the blower or motor. These also can cause rattling sounds from the outdoor unit of your air conditioning system. The fan could be loose and there might be a problem with the blower or the motor.
- Banging or clanking—A loose part that rattles can eventually break or disconnect, causing a banging sound. Your furnace blower also could be unbalanced, or your compressor might be loose.
- Scraping—A metal scraping sound likely means a component is broken and possibly moving around in the unit. It might also indicate damaged or obstructed fan blades.
- Loud humming or clicking—Humming, clicking, even buzzing usually indicate electrical problems, such as loose wiring, a defective capacitor, or failing thermostat.
- Hissing—If you hear hissing from your air conditioning unit, it could be a refrigerant leak or a problem with the compressor motor. If the sound is inside the walls of your home or from the furnace, it likely is a leaky duct. Either way, you will need to call a professional for repairs.
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Now that you are fluent in HVAC sounds, listen for noise that might indicate a potential problem. Be proactive and call Balance Point in Loveland, CO, for an inspection and tune-up. Call 970-480-0387 or request service online.Continue Reading
Going green is all the rage. And it’s understandable why. We all have a responsibility to care for the world around us for future generations. You probably already take at least small steps to do things like reduce, reuse, and recycle.
It Is Making a Difference
According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the country has started down the right track during the last two decades or so. A Residential Energy Consumption Survey showed 48 percent of energy in United States homes was used for heating and cooling in 2009, which was a decrease from 58 percent 16 years earlier. Projections conducted in more recent years shows a steady decline as well.
As Boulder households adopt more energy-efficient equipment and take advantage of improved insulation developments, it’s hopeful energy usage will continue to decline for typical HVAC requirements. Here are some things you can consider to make a green difference.
Learn About Efficiency Ratings
Technology continues to improve when it comes to HVAC equipment, and new furnaces, heat pumps, and air conditioners are always more efficient than antiquated models. When it’s time to replace your HVAC equipment, pay attention to energy-efficiency ratings to see how your new heating and cooling system can be greener than your last.
Air conditioners use a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating and furnaces use an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. The government has set minimum standards for new equipment, but high-efficiency models exceeding those minimum standards are also available. Typically, the higher the rating, the greater the efficiency. Be sure to take these ratings into consideration when you make future HVAC purchases.
Consider Heat Pumps and Other Low-Carbon Equipment
Several different types of HVAC equipment leave a smaller carbon footprint than conventional heating and cooling options. The most popular and best proven of these technologies is the heat pump.
Unlike a conventional furnace, a heat pump does not generate heat by burning a fossil fuel. Instead, it transfers heat from one location to another. During the colder months, the heat pump will absorb heat from outside and relocate it into your Colorado home.
In the summer, the pump works in the opposite direction, moving the heat from inside your house to release it outside, which has the effect of cooling your indoor air.
Other alternative energy HVAC options such as geothermal systems and solar-powered options also exist in various parts of the country, and as these technologies continue to develop, they will offer additional sustainable HVAC possibilities.
Add Complementary Components
Besides generating heat or air conditioning, you can also find ways to hold on to that conditioned air for a longer period of time. Investing in additional insulation and energy-efficient windows is another easy way to reduce your energy consumption. Taking this step along with selecting energy-efficient HVAC equipment can have a combined effect on the environment and your pocketbook.
Further, consider investing in a programmable thermostat or even smart technology designed to maximize your comfort while minimizing your energy consumption. These technologies can help you turn on your HVAC system when you are home or even target the rooms you are currently using. They can likewise turn off your system when you’re away or not using particular rooms.
Utilizing window coverings to augment your heating and cooling can also make a difference in your overall energy usage. For instance, take advantage of the sun in the cooler months to help naturally heat your home. When the weather turns warm, however, be sure to cover those same windows to block and reflect that heat away from your home.
Rely on Professional Installation and Maintenance
Finally, be sure to use an experienced, certified HVAC professional when you’re installing new equipment or servicing current furnaces or air conditioners. Our trained technicians can help you size new equipment appropriately and install it properly, which can improve efficiency and longevity of your HVAC investment. This also keeps your equipment manufacturer’s warranty in good standing.
You may additionally want to invest in biannual maintenance to have your HVAC system inspected, cleaned, and tuned up before each heating and cooling season. This simple, affordable step can make a big difference in your system’s efficiency, which will then have a positive effect on the environment.
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The average air-source heat pump lasts approximately 15 years. But your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit’s life span is dependent on several factors, including its design and overall quality. However, there are many factors that you, as owner, directly control.
Pump It Up, Perfectly
Caring for your heat pump requires diligence, but is quite manageable if you get into the habit of it. Often, tasks are easier if you break them down into steps. So, from our experienced team at Balance Point, here are five steps you can take to keep your heat pump in tip-top shape and help make it last even longer:
1. Change Your Air Filter
If a filter gets too dirty, it does more harm than good. With more and more built-up debris, your filter hinders air from passing through the way it should. A dirty filter means your heat pump will work harder and longer to reach the desired temperature, or it may even short cycle. Either way, it is definitely hard on your heat pump’s internal components.
Both Balance Point and ENERGY STAR® recommend changing your filter every three months—even more frequently if you have pets or a smoker in your Colorado home—but double check your manufacturer’s guidelines.
Additionally, it is a good idea to habitually check your filter. If it looks like it needs to be changed, it probably does.
2. Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clean
The cleanliness of the area around the outdoor components of your heat pump is often overlooked. Remove sticks, leaves, and excess dirt from your outdoor box. Trim any shrubbery or vines growing near it.
During cold weather, snow and ice can be the enemy of your unit. Be conscious of the outside component’s appearance during wintertime. If it becomes ridden with snow or ice, power your unit down. Then pour warm water over it, and clean off the remaining frozen buildup.
3. Have Your Ducts Cleaned
Dust, debris, and even mold can settle in your Fort Collins home’s ductwork over time. This can have negative effects on your indoor air quality (IAQ). In addition, it is rough on your system’s components.
To ensure proper airflow and clean air, you should have your ducts professionally cleaned periodically. As a result, your system’s internal parts will be less likely to develop residue and more likely to last longer.
4. Schedule Routine Maintenance
What is the best way to prevent system breakdowns? Maintenance, of course.
By scheduling professional preventative maintenance at least once every year, you will ensure your system is running at peak performance. During the visit, our Balance Point licensed professional can quickly diagnose and treat potential problems. Any faulty parts, loose screws, or dirty components can quickly be remedied.
5. Have Repairs Performed by a Licensed Professional
If your heat pump needs to be repaired, have it done by one of our highly trained and experienced pros. While an under-qualified technician may tempt you with dirt-cheap prices, it is best to have a knowledgeable professional take care of the repair.
Many factors in the repair, if wrongly executed, can void your heat pump system’s warranty and lead to future problems. So you should always trust one of our team member’s expertise to address your issue.
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Homeowners generally favor heat pumps for their efficiency. However, a number of common issues can cause them to run very inefficiently. When your unit turns on and off continuously, this can significantly drive up your energy bill and damage its parts.
No One Likes Short Short
The continuous on-and-off phenomenon is known as short cycling. When a heat pump short cycles, it is having trouble heating or cooling your Loveland home. The unit can’t maintain the set temperature, so it restarts over and over again.
1. Air Filter Clog
Whenever your heat pump has a problem, always check your air filter first. Over time, dust and debris form on your filter. When the filter is unchanged, this restricts airflow, which means your system will not circulate the right amount of air to heat or cool your Colorado home. Short cycling can result.
You should replace or clean your air filter, depending on whether it is disposable or reusable. To prevent future clogs, be sure to do this on a regular basis per your heat pump manufacturer’s recommendations.
2. Thermostat Error
Your thermostat could be giving your system an inaccurate reading. This might be due to your thermostat’s placement. If situated near a vent or window, it is likely to produce a misleading temperature scan that can cause short cycling.
Another possibility is faulty wiring between your thermostat and heat pump. In either case, you should have one of our highly trained Balance Point professionals assess the situation for you.
3. Leaky Refrigerant
During hot weather, your heat pump’s refrigerant absorbs heat from inside your home and sends it outside. During cold weather, the process is reversed. If you have a refrigerant leak, your system is going to have trouble with the heat transfer. Consequently, it will come up short in trying to complete a cycle.
If you notice any icing on your outdoor unit, this could indicate a refrigerant leak. In this case, be sure to seek help from one of our experienced experts.
4. Oversized Unit
This is perhaps the most serious problem, as improper sizing may call for replacement. It is why our experts at Balance Point always perform the proper calculations, such as the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Manual J load calculation, before any HVAC installation.
If you have an oversized unit, it will heat or cool the area quickly, prematurely detect it has reached the target temperature, then shut off. Then the cycle will repeat. To be sure your system is the right size, you need to have a trained professional from Balance Point perform Manual J testing in your home.
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Do Not Lose Your Cool
It is another hot day, yet your heat pump does not want to cooperate and is actually circulating hot air throughout your house. If this is the case, you probably want to take care of it right away.
Here are five top reasons your heat pump might be blowing hot air while on the Cool setting:
1. Incorrect Thermostat Settings
Before calling one of our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals, the first thing you should do is take note of your thermostat settings. Be sure you have set your thermostat to Auto or On, as well as Cool.
The Fan setting will not cool your house; it simply circulates air. Next, be sure you have adjusted the thermostat two to four degrees below the current room temperature.
2. Incorrect Thermostat Configuration
Sometimes, due to faulty wiring or a variety of other mishaps, your thermostat may not be correctly communicating with your heat pump. If this appears to be the case, one of our heating and cooling experts should come to your Boulder home and repair it.
3. Clogged Air Filter
When an air filter becomes clogged, this significantly hinders your heat pump’s ability to circulate cool air. Check your air filter.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) endorses changing your filter every 60 to 90 days. If you have pets or a smoker in your home, you may want to change it more often.
If your filter is dirty, replace or clean it (depending on the type of filter). Afterwards, you should quickly notice an improvement in your indoor air quality and temperature.
4. Refrigerant Leak
Refrigerant flows through the heat pump’s coils, harvesting hot air from your home and pushing it outside. If your refrigerant is low or empty, your heat pump can’t do its job.
Refrigerant is continuously cycled through your heat pump, so the refrigerant does not regularly need to be replaced. However, if there is a leak anywhere in the system, you have a problem.
You should contact our HVAC team for this repair, as refrigerant is a substance requiring extra care when handled. Additionally, an internal problem with your heat pump may have caused the leak.
5. Duct Leak
Air ducts, especially older ones, are prone to leaking. When your ductwork springs a leak, it will not properly disperse the air through your vents.
This might make your home feel hot in some spots. If you suspect you have leaky ducts, call Balance Point. We can perform a detailed analysis during which we will be able to spot the source of the leak and repair it. Finding the source of lost energy will save you money.
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Here in Boulder, CO, the summers can be scorching. Your heat pump is designed to keep you comfortable in both warm and cool weather. If it is not pulling its weight this sizzling season, call us at 970-480-0387 or request service online. Our Balance Point HVAC professionals are well versed when it comes to troubleshooting heat pumps. We will get yours working right, guaranteed.Continue Reading
Just like your lungs are an important connection to the rest of your respiratory system, your home’s ductwork, or air ducts, are importantly connected to your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. For your HVAC system—and your lungs—to perform at peak level, the numerous airways need to be open and clear. All in the name of breathing properly.
The Importance of Every Breath Your HVAC System Takes
Essentially, the air in your Fort Collins home is carried to and from your lungs back to the HVAC system. Air ducts are the paths traveled by the air, meaning it’s optimum for the traveling air to be as clean as possible, because the air can pick up any particles or debris in the ducts and carry it straight to you.
Having clear air ducts can contribute to good indoor air quality (IAQ), which the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states is a prime concern in relation to pollutants these days. The EPA is referring to the air quality around buildings and structures, more specifically as it pertains to the comfort and health of their occupants.
The health effects from indoor air pollutants can show up soon after you are exposed or even years later. While the scientific community recognizes common indoor air quality pollutants can have harmful consequences, it can’t pinpoint how long of an exposure or what concentrations are necessary for specific health problems.
Add to the mix that different people react very differently to these exposures. With all this uncertainty, it’s a better scenario to avoid the pollutants altogether as much as possible.
When to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned
You should consider having your air ducts cleaned if you notice any or all of the following situations in your Fort Collins home:
• There is substantial mold visible on the hard surfaces of your ducts (inside and/or outside) and other HVAC system components.
• Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust, debris, or particles, in the case of a remodeling job.
• Rodents and/or insects are infesting the ducts.
In addition to these circumstances, if you or someone living in your Colorado home suffers from allergies, asthma, or chronic illnesses, or you have pets or smokers in your home, having your ducts cleaned may help improve your home’s indoor air quality, thereby helping anyone with these issues.
The rule of thumb from the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the leading nonprofit association of companies engaged in the inspection, cleaning, and restoration of HVAC systems, is if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are.
Although there’s no concrete scientific data that air duct cleaning improves indoor air quality, the EPA does recommend having your ductwork cleaned if you fall under any of the reasons cited above. And many people who do have their ducts cleaned swear by the difference, especially those suffering from allergies.
Our professionals at Balance Point are expertly trained to clean your Colorado home’s ducts, so your HVAC system can breathe properly and optimally. Of course, this can be of prime benefit to you, too, no matter your health.
What’s Involved in Air Duct Cleaning?
The standards set forth by the NADCA, which all duct experts ought to follow, recommend the entire HVAC system should be cleaned during the duct cleaning process. This includes the air ducts, equipment, registers, grills, plus installing a new air filter.
There are two parts to the duct cleaning itself: breaking the contaminants loose, and then collecting the contaminants. Our air duct professionals will use brushes and similar tools to break any particles and debris free of the HVAC system.
They will follow up by sweeping in with their hoses and suction. Feel free to ask if you can have an inside-the-ducts look before and after the job, because you might be amazed by the difference.
Balance Point Knows Air Ducts Inside and Out
Having your air ducts professionally cleaned can give you peace of mind, cleaner air to breathe, and help your HVAC system work more efficiently by removing the dust and debris that builds up in your home’s ductwork.
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SEER is a term that gets thrown around a lot in reference to air conditioning (AC) products. As a homeowner, it’s helpful to know what it means. SEER is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Essentially, it’s a rating system that allows you to quickly determine an air conditioner’s energy efficiency. Its rating is determined by taking the number of BTUs (the cooling speed) and dividing it by the machine’s wattage.
Heating and cooling units generally use more electricity than any of your household appliances, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For this reason, it’s to your advantage to check SEER ratings when picking out an air conditioning system for your home. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the product; the more efficient the product, the more you’ll save on your electric bill.
Because of a recent ruling by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all air conditioning units manufactured 2015 and onward need to have a minimum SEER rating of 14. Older, outdated air conditioners generally have a SEER rank of 10 and under. In most cases, you should be able to identify your air conditioner’s SEER rating by locating the EnergyGuide® sticker on the exterior.
The Benefits of Upgrading
Systems a decade or older are significantly less efficient than what’s currently available. They tend to require more frequent repairs than newer models. They also eat up way more electricity than an air conditioner with a 14 SEER rating. By switching to a newer model, you can save on utilities, pay for fewer (if any) repairs, and lead a greener lifestyle. If you’re thinking about upgrading, contact Balance Point. We’d be happy to give you an estimate of how much electricity you’d save by upgrading.
Picking the Right SEER
While a higher SEER rating means higher efficiency, it isn’t the only factor you should be taking into account when making a purchase. An air conditioner can only reach its highest potential efficiency when it operates in the correct environment. An HVAC system that’s too big for the space it functions in can’t reach the efficiency of its SEER rating. The same is true if it’s implemented in a home with leaky ducts, poorly insulated windows, or other home issues. Its rating can also be affected when operating in conjunction with your furnace.
Finding an air conditioner that will operate at maximum efficiency in your home or office space requires careful inspection and calculations. Our team of certified technicians at Balance Point is prepared to find you the perfect match! Call us at 970-480-0387 to schedule an appointment. It’s our goal to keep Fort Collins, CO, cool, comfortable, and operating at optimal efficiency!Continue Reading
Stand outdoors on one of those days when the weather feels perfect, take a few deep breaths, and enjoy the fresh air.
Later, take another deep breath—only inside your Colorado home. How does it compare?
Improving the indoor air quality (IAQ) at your Loveland home or business makes sense on so many levels. Consider your health, your comfort, and your household budget. It’s hard to imagine a more important investment than improving the air you breathe!
At Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning, we specialize in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that add value to your home and enjoyment to your lives. After all, nothing spells happiness like fresh air.
How Can You Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consistently ranks indoor air pollution as a growing concern to the public’s health. Fortunately, there are ways to take control of the air you breathe.
A DIY (do it yourself) task you should always remember is to regularly change your furnace air filter. Most manufacturers recommend changing the filter at least every 90 days—more so if you have pets or a smoker in your Loveland home. Filters capture dust, debris, and other particles in the airflow. They play a vital role in cleaning the air and helping your HVAC system operate more efficiently.
There are varying types of air filters available, from inexpensive disposal filters to permanent ones requiring regular washing. Consider using high-particulate efficiency air (HEPA) filters if anyone in your home suffers from asthma or allergies. And it’s always a good idea to check manufacturer guidelines on choosing the best filters for your particular system.
The second DIY task is even easier: open the windows in your Loveland home for a few minutes per day, weather permitting. You will enjoy the gentle breeze while improving your air quality!
Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up
A well-maintained air conditioner (AC) not only cools down your home but also helps reduce extra moisture in the air.
A leaky air conditioning unit, on the other hand, can cause bacteria and mold growth.
If you want to breathe clean indoor air, keep your HVAC system in good working order. Schedule an annual tune-up for your air conditioning unit in the spring, and one for your furnace in the fall. If you use a heat pump, we recommend tune-ups in the spring and fall since it works twice as hard.
Scheduling tune-ups and inspections with Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning helps you get the best performance from your HVAC investment. It also nips leaks in the bud and prevents a minor issue from turning into a costly disaster. And remember, upgrading your residential heating and cooling system adds comfort to your life—and value to your home.
Do I Need an Air Filtration System?
Adding a portable or whole-house air filtration system to your home’s HVAC system can do wonders toward improving your indoor air quality. These systems play many roles—certain models are designed to reduce pollen, pet dander, and other inorganic particles. Other systems—particularly ones that use ultraviolet (UV) lighting—help eliminate bacteria, viruses, and other airborne microorganisms.
If you want to eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pollen, bacteria, and other airborne pollution floating around your Colorado home, consider installing an air filtration system. While these systems will not prevent you from getting infected, they can significantly improve your air quality. Talk to one of our professionals at Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning to determine which system best fits your budget and needs.
Maintain Your Air Ducts
Air ducts are like a superhighway delivering fresh air to every room in your home. Industry standards recommend you have your air ducts inspected for cleanliness, cracks, and leaks every two years and you have your ducts cleaned every five to seven years or less. By having your air ducts cleaned regularly, you will help improve the indoor air quality in your home and enhance the efficiency of your HVAC system, which may reduce energy bills.
Call Your Indoor Air Quality Experts Today!
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Hot water is one of those things everyone takes for granted in our modern society. A hot shower on a cold winter evening is relaxing. Hot water washes away dirt from laundry and grease from pans. And hot water comes in handy as an emergency defroster.
Most homeowners in Boulder are accustomed to reserving a corner of their basement or utility closet to a huge water heater tank. Cold water enters the tank, gets heated to a certain temperature, and is either used or slowly cools down. If it is not used, it needs to be reheated.
Our team at Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to know about tankless water heaters, which avoid this wasted energy by heating water only on demand. When water is turned on, the flow runs through the unit where an electric element heats the water as it passes through. Although a tankless water heater is more expensive than conventional water heaters, it is more energy efficient in the long run. Here are seven things you should know about tankless heaters.
1. Energy Usage Drops
Regardless if you heat your water with natural gas, electricity, propane, or some other fuel, tankless water heaters use less energy. Instead of heating water only to let it cool down when you’re not using it, a tankless water heater operates on demand. When you request hot water in the shower, in the kitchen, or in the laundry, the tankless water heater prepares just the water you need and no more.
2. One Less Thing to Juggle
When hot water is limited to how much your water heater tank can hold, you may find yourself juggling when each family member showers or when you run your dishwasher or washing machine. Since tankless water heaters produce hot water on demand, you don’t have to schedule these daily tasks any more or worry you’ll run out of hot water when you need it most.
3. Gentler on the Environment
Any time you can save energy, it’s better for the environment and makes a difference in Colorado as well as your corner of the world. Besides being an energy-efficient appliance, tankless water heaters emit fewer carbon dioxide gasses and contribute to overall water-conservation efforts around the country.
4. Demanded Feature on Resale Market
If you plan on selling your home at some point in the future, a tankless water heater can be a good investment. Many home buyers would be attracted to this newer technology, especially one that has already been paid for and installed in a house they are considering buying. In the meantime, you and your family can enjoy an endless supply of hot water while watching your monthly energy bills drop.
5. Longevity and Durability
While most conventional water heaters have an average lifespan of eight to 10 years, tankless water heaters usually last twice as long according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). In addition, they are designed to be repaired and worn-out parts can be easily replaced. With these tanks, you also eliminate the worry about water leaking from a full tank and the resulting damage that could occur.
6. Fresher Water
Since water is heated only on demand, it is not sitting in a water heater tank for hours or perhaps even days if you’re out of town. This eliminates using stale water for your hot water needs. You may notice a difference in your overall hot water quality.
7. More Space
Hot water heater tanks take up a fair amount of space in your home. By contrast, a tankless water heater unit is significantly smaller and some models can even be mounted outside your home. This can free up room around your other appliances or provide additional storage space.
Contact the Tankless Water Heater Experts
If you have questions or want to learn more about tankless water heaters, call our team at Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning in Boulder, CO We can brief you on the pros and cons and help you make the right choice. Call us at 970-480-0387 or request service online.Continue Reading