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Tankless water heaters deliver instant hot water without wasting a drop

Unless you’re reading this in the shower, your traditional water heater is wasting energy, heating water you aren’t using. And while you’re at work or running errands all day, that heater is still consuming energy you aren’t using. That large tank in your basement or utility space takes a lot of energy to keep all that water hot. In fact, heating water accounts for up to 30% of the average home’s energy budget.

Tankless Water Heaters

As the name implies, tankless water heaters don’t have a large tank to keep a reservoir of standby water ready when you need it. (They’re also called “Demand” or “Instantaneous” water heaters.) So there’s no more heating water for hours on end, whether you’re using it or not. Instead, when you turn the hot water handle, cold water travels through a pipe heated by a gas burner or an electric element that heats the water right on the spot.

Since the water is heated instantly, you also get a continuous supply of hot water. Think of the luxury – no more mornings when if you’re the last to shower, it’s a cold shower. The typical tankless system provides hot water at two to five gallons per minute and gas-fired units produce higher flow rates than electric models. If your household often has several simultaneous hot water needs, like baths plus the dishwasher plus the washing machine, ask our technician if you need two tankless heaters connected in parallel, or ask about a “whole house” system. You’ll still be saving energy because when the hot water’s not being used, the heaters aren’t active.

Tankless water heaters are 20 to 50% more efficient than storage tank models. Homes using 40 gallons or less of hot water each day can conserve 24 to 34% energy consumption. Those savings increase with the amount of the home’s water consumption, particularly if a tankless unit is installed for each hot water outlet.

There are different models and sizes of tankless water heaters to choose from. Manufacturers and the government often offer generous rebates, so be sure to check their websites for offers. The type of tankless water heater you need depends on your home and family’s hot water needs. We’ll help you take a hot water energy audit to calculate your hot water usage. We’ll factor in the number of hot water faucets, your appliances, your usage patterns, even the types of showerheads you use, so you’ll have the perfect model match-up. We’ll also tell you your approximate energy savings with the new tankless water heater. Call us and a friendly, uniformed, professional comfort advisor will visit at your convenience for a brief, courteous consultation.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 19:28

How to Prepare your Home for Vacation

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While you may be already dreaming of white sandy beaches in preparation for your winter vacation, I bet you are also dreading the day you have to fly home – back to the brutally cold Northern Michigan winter.

If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, you know that it’s a great appliance that makes household duties less demanding. But if not operated or maintained properly, a garbage disposal can easily break down, block and clog the drains and cause a long list of expensive plumbing and drain nightmares. Below is a list of Do’s, Don’ts and Did You Know!

If you think traffic jams and backups on the expressway are aggravating, then you haven’t experienced a backed-up sewer or water line!

Hard water (calcium & magnesium) is a common problem for many homeowners and businesses. When hardness minerals are combined with heat it forms troublesome scale. Scale causes costly build-up in your plumbing, water heater and other water using appliances. The solution may be a water softener.

Sometimes your home is literally telling you that there is something wrong… all you have to do is listen to it. Here are tips for plumbing leak detection and possible air conditioning and heating issues. Call MacGregor if you hear or see any of the following since larger issues could be lurking.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

Calling All Trades

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A successful future used to require a minimum of four years of college. Not anymore. In fact, current statistics show that 53% of college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. The Secretary of Education, William Bennett, said that many four year colleges may not be worth the money. Whether a person is college bound or not, the goal is the same: to get the proper training to allow an individual to pursue their path to a successful future.

Friday, 15 August 2014 00:00

Getting Into Hot Water

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Your water heater is probably the most ignored of your major appliances. As long as it works, you aren’t going to give it a lot of thought. But it only takes one cold shower when old faithful finally conks out for you to be on the phone asking for repair or a replacement so tomorrow’s shower will be hot!

Sewer Stent is a process to repair cracked or broken pipes underground without extensive excavation. The problems that occur in sewer lines, especially those several decades old, are that the pipe joints between sections of pipe or clay become shifted due to the ground freezing in the winter and thawing in the spring. What that does is offset the joints and then you have water infiltration, which is rainwater coming into the line. Exfiltration can also occur, which is the sewer water leaving the line and being absorbed in the ground water.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

From Buildup to Breakdown

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If you own a house you probably own a water heater. If you’re like most home owners, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the water heater until, one morning, you go to take a shower and there’s no hot water. Then you probably think about it a lot. Despite their almost constant use all day, every day, water heaters generally stay maintenance free for years with average water heaters lasting 8-12 years. The water heater is one of the most critical parts of a home heating system. Some homeowners, however, may not realize the importance of keeping their system clean on a regular basis. Cleaning the hot water system is a critical part of maintaining the unit. Potential problems can include:

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