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Monday, 25 April 2016 17:47

The Hottest Idea In Hot Water

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.

Published in Plumbing
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 20:32

What Does Quality Mean To You?

Being the Quality Assurance Manager here at MacGregor for the last few years has been very interesting, to say the least.  What do MacGregor customers expect when we come out to do a job for them?  What do we at MacGregor expect of ourselves as far as the level of quality when we are on a job?  I would like to think that we expect more than the customer does, and that we live that philosophy every day on every job, in everything we do.
Published in Heating
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 14:57

Preventing Frozen Pipes

 

 When water freezes, it expands. That's why a can of soda explodes if it's put into a freezer to chill quickly and forgotten. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage can result.

Why Pipes Burst

Surprisingly, ice forming in a pipe does not typically cause a break where the ice blockage occurs. It's not the radial expansion of ice against the wall of the pipe that causes the break. Rather, following a complete ice blockage in a pipe, continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to increase downstream -- between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end.

Published in Plumbing
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00

Go Green With Your Home's Plumbing

Green plumbing is a way to conserve energy and save money in relation to home water usage. Because water-related energy consumes around 19 percent of the state’s electricity, 30 percent of its natural gas, and billions of gallons of diesel fuel every year, every gallon of water you don't use cuts down on the fossil fuels used in conjunction with water consumption. So green plumbing is really about using energy-saving appliances, low-flow fixtures, and a little common sense when it comes to using water.

Published in Plumbing
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What Your Neighbors Are Saying...

  • "John followed up to a previous visit. He promised to service and flush our water heater. For this follow up visit this past Monday 6/15/20, he arrived on time and quickly went to work. He not only flushed the water heater but also replaced the elements that were in bad shape. John was professional and extremely responsive and did an excellent job! " Read More
    – Timothy Manning
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