Maintaining your plumbing system at peak efficiency helps you save money. Fixing leaks as soon as they’re detected means you won’t waste water (which adds to your water bill). Checking for problems in your pipes allows you to fix issues before they become big: a broken water pipe can be very inexpensive to repair or replace.
But did you also know that maintaining and upgrading your home’s plumbing system as needed also can help in the fight against global warming? It can! Take a look below for how and why.
Replacing your water heater with a high efficiency condenser boiler will last you about 15 years (much longer than the typical lifespan of your average water heater, which is 8-12 years). You’ll save money in the long run because you won’t have to replace your home’s water heating system as often.
But these types of boilers also use a larger heating exchanger, thus recycling as much lost heat as it can. Which means you’ll emit less CO2 into the atmosphere while probably significantly reducing the cost of heating your water.
Geothermal heat pumps
can cool and warm your home using the heat of the earth, and they also can be configured to heat the water you use in the kitchen and bath.
Basically, a geothermal system in your home uses the earth’s constant below-ground temperature (about 55 degrees F, until one reaches a depth of about 70 feet, when the temperature becomes cooler) to heat and cool your home. Using the steady flow of heat from the ground in winter and displacing the earth’s heat in the summer, a geothermal heat pump can save you from 40-70 percent in the cost of heating your home in winter and 30-50 percent in cooling your home in summer, compared to “conventional” heating and cooling systems.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deems these heating/cooling systems to be powered by renewable energy and calls them the “most energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive of all space conditioning systems.”
Many people would like to install a geothermal heat pump system in their home but believe doing so would be too inexpensive. The federal government, however, now offers a 30 percent federal tax credit (which is better than a tax deduction) through at least December 31, 2016, which can greatly offset the cost of installation. What’s more, your local utility also may offer large rebates for using a geothermal system (check with your utility). Put together, the tax credit and utility rebates may make the cost of installation to be equal to or even less than installing a more conventional system.
To learn more about how proper maintenance of and upgrades to your plumbing system can save you money and help save the planet, call Plumbing Dynamics at 214-929-3431. You also may send us an e-mail by way of our online contact form.
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