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Tips to Hot Water Heater Repair and Maintenance Tag: boilers & hot water tanks

A water heater’s energy efficiency is measured by the correspondence between electrical input, and the production of hot water. To maximize this energy efficiency, it's critical to have your water heating system installed by a water heater specialist. Trying to install your water heater on your own will affect its efficiency, costing you more in both the short and long run.

A lot of people try to take on water heater installation as a DIY project to save money and possibly pick up a new skill in the process. Most often, they do this without understanding how they might do things incorrectly and damage the entire system. Your water heater is delicate equipment that needs meticulous handling, otherwise you’ll end up with an ineffective — or even nonfunctional — water heating system.

This is why when you get a new water heater tank, you need the help of licensed local plumbing specialists to install your device accordingly. Proper installation guarantees that your water heater will run at maximum efficiency and give you a sufficient amount of hot water for your household.

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Quick Tips to Save on Your Water Heating Tag: boilers & hot water tanks

Rinnai RUC 98 Tankless Water Heater. Photo David Dodge, GreenEnergyFutures.ca.

Most people know their water heater is an essential household appliance, but do you know that it typically accounts for 15-20% of your energy bill expenses?

When you use hot water in your home, some goes unused and then has to be reheated due to a process called "standby heat loss". This can account for up to 20% of your water heating costs in colder weather.

Going without a water heater entirely isn't practical, but there are definitely ways you can ration your use to conserve energy and keep some extra money in your pocket. Give these tips a try.

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Should You Keep Your Central Heating On All The Time? Tag: boilers & hot water tanks

There's been an age-long debate about whether to keep central heating systems on all the time, or only when you need them. In this post, we aim to guide you towards making sure your Vancouver Island home consumes less energy.

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Plumbing Fixture Purchase Guide Tag: boilers & hot water tanks

New copper sink and faucet in a stone bathroom counter. Photo credit TerraArtesana on Pixabay.

While plumbing is essential to your property, not everyone knows how to buy the right plumbing fixture.

It's important to buy the plumbing fixtures that are best for your home to maximize their usefulness. Plumbing fixtures aren't very cheap, and once installed they should last for a long time and only require maintenance at regular intervals.

The good news is that there are hundreds of different plumbing fixtures that you can browse, both online and offline, that can fit the overall design, style, and function of your home. Our plumbing experts are happy to lend their expertise in finding the fixtures that are best for you, but here are a few basic steps that you can start with on your own.

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Plumbing FAQs Tag: boilers & hot water tanks

Rusted and corroded pipe

Plumbing is a common requirement, and almost every home has a plumber that they rely on. Homeowners often have a lot of plumbing questions, so we thought we'd answer some of the most common ones in a post. These are some of the most frequently asked questions our Greater Victoria plumbers hear.

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How Natural Gas Submetering Can Save Money Tag: boilers & hot water tanks

Natural gas is a utility that is preferred by many homeowners. It's used not only for cooking, but for home heating systems, many kinds of fireplaces, and even appliances such as dryers.

However, as with any energy source, gas bills tend to increase come wintertime. In detached homes, residents are billed according to the portion of natural gas they consume. But what happens in multi-tenant residences that share a gas source? How can tenants be sure that they're being billed correctly for their use?

Gas submetering is the answer.

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