Before it gets too warm, it’s time to make sure you’re ready for hot weather.
Consider installing a whole-house fan that uses cool air in the evening to cool the entire house and push hot air out of the attic area.
Take down the old storm windows, if you live in areas where you need them, and put up screens in their place.
Reasons to have Campbell Heating & Air Descale your Water Heater:
Noisy water heater operation: Water heater noises may be the first thing people notice when the water tank scale layer has become thick enough to interfere with good water heater operation.
Longer water heater “on” time & slower water heat-up rate: You can reduce the cost of making hot water with your oil, gas, or electric-fired water heater by removing scale from the tank bottom. The scale layer on the tank bottom (or on an electric water heater’s electrodes) interferes with heat transfer into the hot water.
This means that the water heater will have to operate longer (and you will spend more on hot water costs) than necessary to re-heat incoming water. Clean your water heater tank to reduce your water heating cost by improving heat transfer into the water and correspondingly shortening the water heater “on” cycle time.
High water heater costs to operate, repair, replace: For the same reasons as above: running the water heater longer just to get the water hot enough means higher water heater operating expenses. In addition to higher energy costs to heat the water, unnecessary heater replacement, and in the case of electric water heaters, early failure of the heating elements are common results of heavy scale problems.
Hot water quantity has diminished – not enough hot water: By slowing heat transfer into the hot water in the water tank, the apparent hot water quantity will also be reduced, because incoming cold water is not heated as rapidly when occupants are drawing hot water out of the tank. Thus the incoming cold more quickly dilutes and cools the hot water that remains in the tank during use. Clean the water heater tank to increase hot water quantity.
User dissatisfaction – with the water heater because of less hot water, slower hot water recovery, and higher hot water costs lead to unhappy building occupants who may have no idea that a water heater scale problem is the cause. If dissatisfaction leads a consumer to replace a water heater that could have just been descaled, there may also be unnecessary heater replacement expense.
Extend the water heater life: Because scale on the water heater tank bottom insulates the tank bottom from the water inside the tank, the bottom of an oil or gas fired water heater will become hotter as the scale layer gets thicker. These increased temperatures weaken the water heater tank bottom and shorten the life of the water heater. Similarly, scale deposits on the electrodes in an electric hot water heater shorten the life of the electrodes. Clean the hot water tank regularly to extend its life.
Protect water heater warranty: If a water heater tank fails, the manufacturer may not honor the water heater’s warranty if the failure is due to the accumulation of excessive scale inside of the water heater tank. Water heater warranties typically indicate that the tank is warranted against leaks due to rust, corrosion, or chemical action of the water but the warranty will exclude a tank failure due to scale.
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Ruud.com – These days, home owners search for all the value they can find in every household purchase they make. You’re probably no different. So when the time comes to replace a furnace in an existing central heating system, or to install a totally new system, you want equipment that minimizes costs and delivers dependable office comfort for your family – season after season. Here’s a look at some things to consider.
What do Good Furnaces Have in Common?
The best furnaces are efficient. They keep a home warm and comfortable. They provide steady, dependable performance year after year. And they are quiet, long-lasting and low in service frequency and cost.
Which Furnaces are Energy Efficient?
When a furnace loses or wastes heat, it requires more energy to keep your home warm. Some furnaces lose heat through the walls of the furnace cabinet. Energy-efficient furnaces like Ruud’s full line of state-of-the-art models significantly reduce this loss with a blanket of insulation that lines the inside of the cabinet walls.
When a gas furnace is not in operation, most send a steady, wasteful draft of warm household air traveling up the venting system and out the roof. The Ruud Classic® Series and Classic® Plus Lines – feature an induced-draft blower that works in conjunction with a hot surface ignition system to pull hot gases through the heat exchanger at a constant and controlled rate of flow. As the burner cycles off, the draft blower stops, keeping the heating air in the system.
Pilot lights also can be wasteful. The electric ignition in many of Ruud’s furnaces eliminates the need for a constantly burning pilot. This feature alone gives up to 6% higher efficiency. And in combination with an induced-draft blower, can improve furnace efficiencies by over 20%.
Most gas furnaces vent combustion by-products and gases by allowing the warm air to rise naturally. However, on occasion, proper venting of combustion by-products may be restricted due to blockage, deterioration of venting systems, malfunctions or other causes.
The Ruud induced-draft blower maintains a constant draft through the heat exchanger, which assures proper venting of the furnace combustion chamber. Ruud also features a pressure switch which continuously monitors venting; and in the event it senses a vent flow restriction, it will automatically shut down your heating system for your safety.
The most efficient furnaces tap the energy of the hot vent gases – which can reach temperatures of 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and more. The Ruud 90 Plus® gas furnace does this by routing the hot gases through a secondary heat exchanger. This step captures the otherwise wasted heat—using it to preheat the household air—and delivers AFUE ratings up to 94.5%.
A high-efficiency furnace generally wears a higher price tag, but it can make up the difference by reducing operating costs over the long run. And with today’s consumer interest in efficiency, such equipment enhances the bottom line of your home.
Are some furnaces better than others?
Definitely. Features to look for include heat exchangers that resist corrosion, direct-drive blower units, induced draft blowers, pressure switches, and an insulated blower compartment, which helps minimize operating noise.
You also should ask your dealer if the manufacturer of the brand you’re considering quality-checks and tests every unit before it leaves the plant.
And be sure to check out the terms of the Limited Warranty. Quality manufacturers put a convincing warranty behind their work. Ruud furnaces, which include all the features described here, offer one of the very best. Even the primary and secondary heat exchangers in the Ruud 90 PLUS are protected by a Limited Lifetime Heat Exchanger Warranty.
What should I look for in a dealer?
One way to be sure you’ll get good service is to contact a neighborhood Massachusetts Ruud dealer.
Your local Ruud dealer is knowledgeable, dependable, and as good as any you’ll find in the home. Give Campbell Heating & Air a call at (877) 410-3752!
An endless stream of clean, hot water, and up to a 40% savings in energy costs are just two reasons to select an energy-efficient Rinnai tankless water heater over a conventional tank-style water heater. Also consider the benefits of longevity and the space-saving design.
- Up to 40% Energy Savings
- Typical Life Span of 20 Years
- Units are about the Size of a Carry-on Suitcase
- Can be Installed on Virtually any Wall Inside or Outside of Your Home
- You’ll Never Run Out of Hot Water
- Easy to Set Water Temperatures Precisely for Multiple Locations in Your Home to Ensure Comfort and Prevent Scalding Accidents
- There’s NO Tank to Leak or Break, thus Reducing the Risk of Flooding
- Eligible for Rebate from the Gas Networks Program
- Energy Factor >.82%
- Minimum of 2.5 Gallons per Minute
- Minimum Warranty of 10 years on heat exchanger and 5 years on parts
- The Primary Components Including the Copper Heat Exchanger and Stainless Steel Burners – are Recyclable
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