This post is the third in a 3 part series about high efficiency and solar water heaters. If you haven’t already read parts 1 and 2, I recommend you do before continuing. What is a thermosyphon? In a thermosyphon system, the forces of convection are employed to move the water back and forth from the tank to the collector. Convection is the natural principle by which warm things rise, and cool things sink. The advantage of a passive solar system […]

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This post is the second in a 3 part series about high efficiency and solar water heaters. If you haven’t already read part 1, I recommend you do before continuing. New water heater technology (continued) What if we could heat our water with free energy that’s falling from the sky all around us? Well, we can! Solar hot water heaters As early as the 19th century, Americans were using the sun to heat our water. The earliest solar water heater […]

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Technological advances bring improvement in water heaters When most people think of  hot water heaters, they think of big, grey tanks sitting in garages. For decades this type of water heater, known as a storage water heater, has dominated residential water heating in North America. Storage water heaters have three basic parts – a tank, a heat source, and a switch. The tank holds a given amount of water while the heat source brings it up to a given temperature. […]

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This post is the second in a two part series on water heaters. If you haven’t already read part 1, I recommend you do before continuing. Within the two types, tank-style and tankless, water heaters can be further characterized by their proximity to the user – either centralized or point of use (POU). Centralized water heaters In some densely populated areas or buildings, hot water is piped into individual homes from an outside source. This type of system is more […]

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Hot water is a staple of civilization. We use it to cook, clean, bathe, and more. When we turn that left tap, we expect hot water to be there for us. If it isn’t, that’s a big problem. So, what’s this magic appliance making our lives so pleasant? Let’s learn a little more about water heaters. Storage water heaters or “tank-type” heaters This is the type of water heater most people are familiar with. A tank type heater uses either […]

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A home energy audit is a great way to discover and prioritize areas where you could be saving on energy costs. Everybody knows that a new, modern water heater is more energy efficient than its obsolete counterpart. A New water heater; however, is just one of the many upgrades you can make that will save you money on your utility bills. As a homeowner, it can be hard to know which upgrades you should be focused on. A professional home energy […]

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Hot water heaters seem to work forever – until they don’t. Often the only way you know is a flood from underneath or a very cold shower! There are more hot water heater options than ever available today. Many heaters come with a 12-year warranty.  If your heater has been working hard for more than that (say 15+ years), it is probably time to start your research for a new one The good news is that you will find lots […]

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What are the causes for a water heater replacement? Water heaters are the container of joy we never pay attention to until something happens and the joy is gone. We do take hot water for granted! The only time you think about the heater hidden away in a closet is when your shower is cold! But do you know what causes hot water replacement? What causes a hot water heater to fail? There are really only a couple of things […]

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