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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Reasons To Swap Out Your Outdated Electrical Hot Water Tank For An Energy Efficient Model

by Mike Brewer

If you're thinking about switching out your old hot water heater and upgrading to a newer model, consider giving a tankless or on-demand hot water heater a try. Heating your water is often a large expense, especially if you have more than three people living under one roof. According to the US Department of Energy, water heating is the second largest expense in your home. There are other advantages to purchasing a tankless hot water tank that you should know about before you decide on a model or type that is best for your household.

Reduction In Electrical Usage

One of the biggest reasons to swap out your old water tank is that a tankless model uses less gas and electric than traditional tanks. By installing a tankless unit, you could save up to $100 a year on your utility bills. While most tankless heaters are powered by gas, some are fueled by solar power. You can also gain more of a financial advantage when you use a solar powered panel that works with your natural gas powered hot water system. Keep in mind that all units run from a small amount of electricity to power the unit and controls.

Takes Up Less Space

A tankless gas hot water system uses up a considerable amount of less space than a large electric or gas tank unit. The average size of a tankless unit is less than half the size of a standard 80 gallon gas hot water tank system. The unit sits conveniently on the wall, out of the way from most high traffic areas. On demand units are measured by their flow rate of hot water and temperature raises from the unit to the pipes in the home. If you have a lot of appliances that demand a lot of hot water, you may have to install more than one tankless heater to fuel each faucet for seamless usage.

Uses Less Water

As with a traditional hot water tank and an on-demand tankless model, the amount of water used should always be taken into consideration. Most models are efficient enough to use less water than an older tank heating option. This is because an on-demand heating system heats the water to temperature immediately, eliminating the costly task of running the water from a storage tank to the faucet.

Long Life Expectancy

Most on-demand tankless models have a 20-year life expectancy. Many tank models generally run their lifespan at around 10 to 15 years, making replacement more frequent. On some tank models, parts, such as thermostats and thermocouples can also go out unexpectedly, causing the cost of having the unit more expensive in the long run.

While tankless on-demand hot water units are often pricier as opposed to tank models initially, the long-term costs of owning one will save you money down the road. Contact a contractor like http://www.firstclassplumbinginc.com for an estimate on a model that will fit your home and budget. 

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