How to Choose a Gas Water Heater that Best Suits Your Home

12/24/2014

Except for heating and cooling your house, water heating is typically a home’s greatest consumer of energy. The newer water heater models are significantly more efficient than older models – even ones that are a few years old. Installing a new water heater will cut your utility bills and should provide more hot water for your home.

 

If you’re choosing to go with a gas water heater, your first consideration should be the first-hour rating, or FHR. This rate indicates how much hot water the water heater can produce in one hour. This includes the volume of hot water in the tank after not being used all night and the amount of new hot water the burners can heat in one hour.

 

The efficiency of gas or electric water heaters can be compared by looking at their energy factor, or EF. This energy factor is a number between 0 and 1; it relates to how much of each energy dollar results in heated water from the water heater tank. A higher EF indicates higher efficiency and lower utility bills.

 

Another important feature to consider in a gas water heater is its tank insulation. Two inches of foam insulation are often used in the most efficient models. Most heaters will also have special baffles in the internal flue pipe to improve the heat transfer to the water. For simplicity, the EF already takes these factors into account. Finally, the length of the warranty on the gas heater you choose at the end of the day is also an important factor.

 

A DC Cheek specialist can recommend the appropriate water heater size for your family. DC Cheek Heating and Coolingwill help you maintain and upgrade your heating system to keep you warm throughout the winter. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 770-888-8788.

 

It’s Time to Tune Up Your Heating System

12/04/2014

Heating systems need to be tuned up periodically to keep them operating smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get your heating system inspected, cleaned and tuned-up. Some of this annual maintenance can be done by homeowners, but most of it should be done by a heating system technician.

Here’s list of some common heating tune-ups:

– Replace air filters regularly. If you have a forced-air distribution system with a furnace or heat pump, replace the primary air filter at the start of the heating season and then every month or two throughout the season, depending on how heavily the system operates. Clean filters will prolong the lifetime of your system and help it operate efficiently.
– Check and adjust your thermostats. If you have programmable thermostats in your house, take advantage of their convenience and savings potential by properly setting them.
– Inspect and clean air vents and baseboard radiators. Efficient heating depends on warm air rising into your rooms from hot-air vents or baseboard radiators. Make sure these aren’t blocked by carpets or furniture, and vacuum them at the start of the heating season to improve heat transfer.

DC Cheek Heating and Cooling will help you maintain and upgrade your heating system to keep you warm throughout the winter. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 770-888-8788.