Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Is a Tankless Water Heater Worth the Investment?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

We are not out of winter’s cold grasp just yet. While the coldest weather of the year may be behind us, Vermonters know that the official start of spring doesn’t necessarily mean warmer temperatures right away. We also know that we’ve got to get through mud season before we can start enjoying summer weather, and with our decent amount of snowfall this year, it will likely be a muddy one indeed. That all being said, you’re probably looking forward to giving your heater a rest already.

Well, the heating season may be winding down, and you can certainly start thinking about your AC tune-up, but the fact is that the cooling season is still a way off. If you’re looking for a project to fill the gap, you may want to think about replacing your water heater this year. If you’ve not been impressed with yours, or if it struggled to meet your hot water demand this winter, just let us know. We can install a new one for you, and we encourage you to consider a tankless water heater in Ludlow, VT. (more…)

Water Heater Warning Signs

Monday, December 26th, 2016

It’s really shaping up to be a frigidly cold winter this year, meaning that a hot shower can be a major boost before heading out to work for the day. If your water heater is not dependable, though, you are not going to be able to enjoy that luxury reliably. We think you deserve better than this, which is why we want to ensure that you are able to spot any problems with your water heater early on. The longer that repairs are put off, the more serious the risk of damage to your system.

Whatever type of water heater you may use, be it a tank, tankless, or even a solar model, we can handle your water heater repairs in Charlestown. Stay alert and remember that any of these warning signs can suggest a developing problem. Contact us at the first sign of trouble.

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Can a Tankless Water Heater Get the Job Done?

Monday, September 26th, 2016

While many of us will immediately envision an upright tank water heater when we picture the appliance, there are many variations and designs available to homeowners seeking water heaters for their homes these days. Some, such as hybrid water heaters, use new technology but still employ a storage tank. Others, like the aptly named tankless water heater, us not tank at all.

Change can be intimidating, but the fact of the matter is that many homeowners can benefit greatly from the use of a tankless water heater. Of course, there is no single water heater that is best for every home or homeowner. Consider the following, and let us know if you decide that you’d like to use a tankless water heater in Bellows Falls, VT. (more…)

Water Heater Pro Tip: Keep a Good Anode Rod in Place

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Despite competition from tankless water heaters, which are more and more popular these days, the tank water heater remains the most popular of all water heating systems. They are more affordable upfront, and modern hot water storage tanks are more efficient than ever before. This is not to say that there is no risk of operational problems with a tank water heater, of course. One of the most serious is rust and corrosion. If you are planning on keeping your tank water heater in Charlestown, NH working properly, you need to protect your hot water tank with an anode rod. (more…)

Is the Tank Water Heater Obsolete?

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Some homeowners mistakenly believe that new technologies mean that those preceding them are automatically obsolete. This could not be further from the truth, though. Take the tank water heater, for instance. While it is true that tankless systems, a newer technology, have many benefits to offer, this does not mean that tank systems are no longer worthy of consideration. In many instances, in fact, a tank water heater in Springfield, VT may be the ideal option. We carry a number of great electric tank water heaters from Bradford White, as well as indirect water heaters that use an existing boiler in their operation. To learn more about available options, give the water heater professionals here at HB Energy Solutions a call.

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Why Choose a Tankless Water Heater?

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Choosing the right water heater for your home is  a very important step to take. You don’t want to wind up with a water heater that is not the right fit for your personal user preferences, no more than you’d want to use a water heater that is underpowered for the hot water demand in your home. If you are in the market for a new water heater, we suggest that you give some serious consideration to using a tankless water heater in Springfield, VT. With a tankless water heater, you can enjoy many benefits that simply are not possible with the use of other systems. Contact HB Energy Solutions to have your tankless water heater expertly installed or serviced. (more…)

Why Consider a Solar Hot Water Heater?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

It wasn’t too long ago that the only choice you had to make in regard to your home’s hot water heater was whether you were going to use electricity or gas, oil or propane to heat the water. These days there are a number of options for homeowners, and one such option is the solar hot water heater. There can be concerns about using solar energy for any kind of heating, particularly in a cold climate like ours, but using environmentally-friendly refrigerant helps harness the sun’s latent heat energy year-round, including the chilly New Hampshire winter months. If you are ready for a new water heater in your New Hampshire home, and want to see if a solar water heater is a good fit, call the experts at HB Energy Solutions today!

How It Works

Because we live in a climate where water can easily freeze during the winter months, we use a solar hot water heater system that utilizes a solar collector and environmentally-friendly refrigerant. The solar collector is a protected panel that has a dark glass surface; contained inside the collector are numerous tubes that hold the refrigerant. The solar collector serves as the device by which the heat from the sun is ‘collected’ and heats the refrigerant in the tubes. Once the refrigerant is warm enough, it is circulated to a heat exchanger that resides in the tank of your hot water heater. The heat from the refrigerant is transferred to the water, and you’ve got hot water for your home.

Benefits

There are a number of benefits to using a solar hot water heater:

  • You can still have gas or electric back-up – using a tank water heater allows you to have back-up power for your hot water heater in the form of electricity or gas. As such, you’ll never have to worry that the sun alone won’t provide enough heat for your hot water.
  • Significant decrease of energy usage – it’s estimated that solar hot water heaters reduce your energy usage by 50-80%. This can significantly reduce your home’s energy usage.
  • Very environmentally friendly – if you are concerned about your carbon footprint, a solar water can help to greatly reduce yours.

Solar hot water heaters require specialists for installation, repair, maintenance and replacement, so if you are ready to install one in your New Hampshire home, call the people you can trust: HB Energy Solutions.

Is a Standard Storage Tank Water Heater Sometimes a Better Choice?

Friday, April 18th, 2014

If you know about tankless water heaters, then you’ve probably learned about their numerous virtues and why many so many homeowners prefer them. Tankless water heaters never run out of hot water, take up less space in a home, and run much more energy-efficiently than standard storage water heaters because they lose less heat and do not require steady energy to keep water in a tank warm.

However, not everyone has called up their local plumbing company to install a tankless heater. Traditional storage tanks still sit in many homes, and new ones are installed every day. The reason for this is that some homes won’t receive the full benefits of a tankless water heater, and a storage water heater makes better economic sense for them.

Whether a traditional or tankless system will work for your house is something that requires a Southern Vermont plumbing professional to help answer. HB Energy Solutions has kept homeowners in Vermont warm and comfortable for more than 20 years; you can place your trust in us to guide you to your home’s best option for hot water.

Why a storage water heater is sometimes better

Tankless water heaters are more expensive systems to install: anyone considering one for a home needs to balance the upfront costs with the long-term savings. Sometimes, a storage water heater will save more money than a tankless one.

Here’s something to consider: tankless system do not tend to endure as long as storage systems. This means that the amount of money you’ll save from a tankless system depends more on how much hot water your household uses on average rather than how long the system stays around. If you do not use a large amount of hot water, you may not receive significant savings from a tankless system before it needs replacement. Consult with an installer, who can check on your household hot water use to see if a storage water heater may be a superior choice.

Another factor to consider: although tankless water heaters don’t “run out” of hot water, they have trouble keeping up with high volume hot water demands. Proper sizing can help minimize this problem, but larger households might be better served by a high capacity tank water heater.

Professional installation

When factoring the pros and cons of the two systems, they come up about equal: tankless water heaters have high efficiency and unlimited hot water; storage water heaters have convenience and lower installation costs. Your own water use and your budget plans will be the deciding factors, but professional installers will help you feel certain of your choice. And, of course, they’ll install it as well.

Call HB Energy Solutions, your Southern Vermont plumbing experts, to talk about water heater installation today.

Southern Vermont Tank vs. Tankless Water Heater Guide: Which Is Best For You?

Monday, February 18th, 2013

HB Energy Solutions installs tank and tankless water heaters in Southern Vermont and throughout the region. Installing a new water heater is a big investment, and you want to choose the right water heater so that you get the most out of your new investment.

While tankless models do not have standby losses, there are many benefits to installing a new high-efficiency tank water heater. If you are looking to save energy and money on heating the water in your home, there are plenty of Energy Star water heaters that can save energy without having to upgrade to a tankless model. If you aren’t sure what the efficiency ratings mean, call one of our home energy experts to go over the different ratings with you.

If you are considering a tankless water heater, there are a few factors to consider. The type of fuel used to heat your home is one of these factors. Having an existing gas line will reduce the installation costs. In addition, installing a tankless model will depend on where the existing connection is located in your home. If your home is heated with electricity, then you can install an electric tankless water heater in a variety of places in the home, even under the sink models, since there’s no need for ventilation or gas line connection.

The size of your home and your hot water needs are other factors to consider. If you have a smaller home, tankless models may have enough capacity for all the hot water applications in the home because there’s no tank holding the hot water. For larger homes, you may need a larger capacity, which can be obtained with the right sized tank water heater.

If you have questions or would like to speak with one of our Southern Vermont water heater experts, call HB Energy Solutions any time.

Southern Vermont Solar Question: Do Solar Water Heaters Work Effectively in the Winter?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Most people associate solar energy systems with the clean, sustainable production of electricity or heat for your Southern Vermont home. It is also possible, though, to use this exceptionally environmentally friendly energy source to heat water for use in your home efficiently and dependably. As is the case with any energy source or water heater, though, a number of factors can influence the success with which a solar water heater operates in your home and on your property. It is important to discuss all of your options and considerations with a qualified solar energy technician. Call HB Energy Solutions today to get all the information you need about heating water with solar energy.

Many homeowners are concerned about the operation of solar energy systems during the winter months. It is important to remember that heat is not what powers your solar energy system but the energy of the sun that is directed at the solar panels. While the days are certainly shorter in the winter time and sunlight is not as continuous as in the summer, your solar panels will still absorb the sunlight available to them.

The success of your solar water heater in the winter time really depends upon such factors as the number of panels you are using as well as the size of your system, the orientation of your property in relation to the sun, and other design points of the system as a whole. If you do not currently have a water heater integrated into your solar heating system, contact a member of our team today to have your system assessed.

Remember too that a backup energy system is often advisable when using solar power for those times when the sun just doesn’t seem to want to shine. Incorporating another fuel source into your solar energy system to supplement your solar energy will help to eliminate these worries. For more information about using a solar water heater in your Southern Vermont  home, contact HB Energy Solutions today.