Monthly Archives: October 2017

Efficient HVAC System

Tips For Buying a New Water Heater

So, it’s time to buy a new water heater. Perhaps it’s past its recommended lifespan, or maybe your energy bills are too high. Either way, when you’re shopping for a new water heater, there are a few factors to consider.

Types of Water Heaters

You’ll find three main types of water heaters, each with their own set of benefits.

  • Conventional tank – This is the most common type of heater and consists of a storage tank that is constantly heated and stored until needed.
  • Tankless/On-demand – There is no storage unit for this type of water heater. Instead, water is heated via heating elements as it passes through the unit.
  • Hybrid – Uses a heat pump to pull heat from the air and heats water at a faster rate than other types.

Energy Efficiency

Water heaters can consume up to 20% of a home’s energy use, and there are many energy-efficient models on the market. Every water heater has an EnergyGuide label that features the national average operating cost. What may cost the least up front may have higher annual expenses, so pay close attention. Also look for units with the Energy Star label. This label is a certification that verifies the appliance is energy efficient.

Capacity

The question for many is “How big should the water heater be?” The size will depend on how frequently and in what volume you use hot water. A family of four uses considerably more water than a single resident. Look for:

  • First-Hour Rating (FHR) – This is used on conventional tank models, and measures how much water can be heated in an hour. The higher the rating, the higher the capacity.
  • Gallons Per Minute (GPM) – For tankless units, this measures how many gallons can be heated per minute.

Installation

Water heaters should be installed by a professional. Contact us for more information about water heaters and the installation process and one of our experts will help you out. Denver Total Comfort is available to serve all of your heating and cooling needs.

Checkup For Your Working HVAC System

Winter is Coming—Check for Your Home for Air Leaks

Heating and cooling your home is a necessary expense to maintain comfort, so it’s important that the expense is not wasted. When the house is not sealed up properly, warm air can come in during the summer, and cold air will come in during the winter, causing your energy bills to skyrocket.

Fall is the perfect time to check for air leaks so that your home is comfortable and energy efficient by the time winter arrives.

Home Evaluation

A significant portion of leaks come from small cracks and holes in the home. An HVAC technician can conduct a home assessment and make recommendations for alleviating the problem areas, which usually include doors, windows, and attics.

DIY Approach

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors has a unique solution for finding leaks in your home. Burn an incense stick and walk around the home, paying close attention to doors, windows, and outlets. If the smoke from the incense starts to drift sideways, you’ve likely found a leak.

Look for Cobwebs

It may sound strange, but looking for a cobweb is one way to spot potential leaks—spiders like to put webs nears points of airflow.

Repairing Leaks

Depending on the nature of the leaks, weather stripping or caulking might work to limit airflow. Replacing windows or doors is another idea.

Attics

It’s possible that there is inadequate insulation in the attic, as it’s a prime location for warm air to escape to, forcing your heating system to work that much more to keep the household temperature stable.

Control Your Energy Costs

Don’t make your heating system work harder than it has to this winter—find and fix those air leaks. If you have any questions or need a home evaluation, contact us at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling. We can help you with all of your HVAC concerns.