Last updated 6 days ago
Did you know that showers account for one trillion gallons of water use every year in the U.S.? Installing a low-flow showerhead is an easy way to make your household more eco-friendly and save more than $250 on your water bill annually. Also, reviews of low-flow showerheads have shown that they are just as refreshing as the regular models.
Watch this video for some tips on selecting your low-flow showerhead. You’ll also learn what to look for when replacing your faucets, or how to upgrade old faucets if you’d rather not replace them entirely.
For all of your plumbing needs, let the experts at Latta Plumbing help. Birmingham-area residents are encouraged to call us at (205) 386-3418 to learn about our plumbing services.
Last updated 13 days ago
A water heater has a tank that is continually replenished with water as it is used. Even when your hot water is not in use, the tank adds heat to the water to keep a certain temperature. This wastes some energy, and is known as standby energy loss. While these tanks typically have some built-in insulation, you can make your water heater even more energy efficient by adding a water heater blanket.
Choose a water heater blanket with an R value of at least 11 to reduce the standby energy loss by 25 to 45 percent. Investing in the extra insulation can pay for itself quickly with reduced energy bills. In order to reap the rewards of the energy savings, you’ll need to make sure that the water heater blanket is properly installed by a professional.
Last updated 20 days ago
Traditional water heaters feature a large tank that holds a reserve of warmed water. As hot water gets used, the tank’s water level is depleted and must be replenished. In contrast, a tankless water heater, or demand-type heater, eliminates the reserve tank and instead produces hot water as it is needed. If you’re upgrading the plumbing in your home, here are four reasons why you should consider switching to a tankless water heater:
Less Money over Time
Tankless water heaters are easier on your budget. Though they may require a larger upfront investment, they’ll save you money in the years to come. This is because these water heaters often last twice as long as traditional models—that’s 20 plus years compared to 10 to 15 years for a traditional model. Tankless models have parts that are more easily replaceable. In addition, the operating costs are much lower.
Improved Energy Conservation
It costs less to operate a tankless water heater because it offers greater energy efficiency than a traditional model. Depending on your household’s hot water usage and whether you install a tankless water heater at each water outlet, these heaters can be 24 to 50 percent more efficient. Since the tankless model does not have a reserve tank, there is no standby energy loss.
Unlimited Water Supply
Tankless water heaters are particularly ideal for households with multiple people or those who routinely use a great deal of hot water. Despite your high hot water usage, you’ll never run out of hot water with one of these heaters because the water is warmed as it is needed.
Elimination of Leakage
Traditional models are susceptible to leaks, which can inflict water damage on your home and possessions. With a tankless water heater, there is never any risk of a tank leak, giving you one less problem to worry about.
Speak with one of our professionals to find out more about the benefits of tankless water heaters. Call Latta Plumbing at (205) 386-3418 to schedule your installation or visit our website to view our line of services. We pride ourselves on providing top-notch customer service to residents of the Birmingham area.
Last updated 27 days ago
Do you want to learn more about plumbing? Explore the information provided below. These links contain useful information about plumbing maintenance that could help you save money and prevent repair issues down the road.
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