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Myth: It Doesn't Matter Where Your Thermostat Is Located

If you’re dealing with skyrocketing heating bills, one factor you may be overlooking is the location of your thermostat. The placement of your thermostat can dramatically affect how your HVAC functions, so if your bills are through the roof, then consider whether yours could be in a better place.

Ideally, your thermostat should not be in a place where it can be affected by extreme temperature changes. For instance, it should not be located across from a window that allows the sun to beat on it, as it could make the thermostat read your interior temperature as warmer than it is. Placing the thermostat near a vent or draft can also cause inaccurate readings. To evaluate the placement of your thermostat, call your HVAC repair expert to come out and determine the best location for your home.

Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help you get the maximum efficiency from your heating and AC in Berkeley, with advice about the best HVAC systems and how to use them. Get to the bottom of your HVAC issues today by calling us at (510) 843-6904.

Get the Facts About Furnace Energy Efficiency Ratings

When you’re choosing a furnace, one of the first factors you should consider is its energy efficiency. The efficiency of your furnace will drastically affect your heating costs, and if you are committed to living a green lifestyle, then the efficiency of your furnace plays a major role. The benefits of owning an energy-efficient heating system could make it worthwhile to replace your older furnace. What do the efficiency ratings on furnaces mean, and what should you look for your home? Here are the facts you need to know.

Furnace efficiency is measured using AFUE.

To check the efficiency of a furnace, you need to check its AFUE rating. AFUE stands for annual fuel-utilization efficiency, and it represents the minimum amount of fuel that is used to heat your home. Old furnaces can have AFUE ratings that go as low as 56%, but some new furnaces have ratings of 99%, making them dramatically more efficient.

AFUE doesn’t account for heat loss.

Heat loss, through poorly sealed ducts and pipes, also has a significant impact on the efficiency of your heating, though AFUE does not account for this. Even if you have a furnace with a high AFUE rating, heat loss can diminish its efficiency by causing it to run more often than it would otherwise have to. According to the Department of Energy, this kind of heat loss may be responsible for up to 35% of your heating costs, so seal any cracks around ducts and pipes to mitigate this risk.

Upgrading to a newer furnace could save you money.

Despite the initial cost of getting a new furnace, upgrading to a model with a better AFUE rating can save you money. If you have an older furnace with a 60% AFUE, you could save $33.33 for every $100 of heating costs. You will also significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Let the experts at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating in Berkeley help you select the right furnace for your home, so you can maximize the energy efficiency of your system and save money on your heating costs. For more information, call us today at (510) 843-6904.

FAQs and Answers About Video Inspections of Sewer Lines

Your sewer line may be among the most mysterious components of your plumbing system. In the event that you experience a sewer line emergency, your plumber will need to use sophisticated tools and methods to get to the bottom of the issue. One of the most effective ways that your plumber can diagnose a sewer line problem is through the use of video inspection equipment. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions that customers have about sewer video line inspection.

What is the sewer line video inspection process?

Once your plumber has determined that your plumbing problems are occurring in your sewer line, he may suggest that you schedule a video inspection appointment. During the video inspection process, a small camera will be inserted directly into your property’s sewer line. This camera is a flexible reel, which is able to snake down into the inner reaches of your sewer. As your plumber manipulates the camera, he will get an in-person look at what’s going on in your sewer.

How can sewer line inspections be used to solve my plumbing problems?

There are several different types of plumbing issues that can be diagnosed using sewer line inspection technology. With the help of the inspection camera, your plumber will be able to locate clogs, cracks, or other problems that are located deep within your sewer. Video inspection can also be used to check on existing repairs.

What are the signs that I need a video sewer inspection?

If your sewer line is in need of significant repairs, chances are that it will undergo a video inspection. Some of the signs that your sewer is experiencing troubles include backed-up drains, malfunctioning toilets, or sewage smells in the interior of the home.

To schedule a video inspection for your sewer line, contact the team at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. Whether you are in need of burst pipe repair or other plumbing services, we can dispatch a Berkeley plumber to your home right away. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to hear all about our services.

A Real Life Look at Trenchless Sewer Technology

In the past, if your plumber needed to repair a sewer line, he or she would need to dig up your entire yard to expose the pipe. Now, trenchless sewer technology has made the process much less invasive—and much more cost-effective.

Watch this video to see trenchless sewer technology in action. Instead of digging in the yard, a small camera can be inserted into the sewer pipe to find the problem area, and the pipe can be repaired or replaced using these trenchless tools. This process prevents costly landscaping damage that was previously required for leak detection and repairs.

Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating uses trenchless sewer technology for our plumbing services in Berkeley, so you can get the repairs you need without the additional costs and inconveniences of digging. Find out more about our sewer repair services by calling (510) 843-6904.

Top Projects to Complete Before Putting Your House on the Market

If you plan to sell your home, getting it in top condition is the best way to earn top dollar. There are certain home remodeling projects that can boost the selling price of your property and help it to stand out in the marketplace. Your plumber can play a central role in getting your home ready to make its market debut. Consider completing these projects before you put up that “for sale” sign.

Bathroom Remodel

One of the first things many buyers look at in a home is the bathroom. The master bathroom in particular can attract attention, since buyers are often looking for a room that is not just functional but that is aesthetically appealing as well. If your bathroom is dated, consider giving it an upgrade with modern fixtures and standout additions, such as a soaking tub or double sink basins. Because bathroom remodeling usually involves making changes to your plumbing, it isn’t a job for DIYers. Let your plumber handle the renovations to avoid costly damage.

Kitchen Remodeling

The kitchen is another room that gets a lot of attention from buyers. Today’s market demands kitchens that feature the latest appliances and conveniences, from gas stovetops to whisper-quiet dishwashers. Farmhouse sinks, modern faucets, and on-demand hot water are other features that can help your kitchen stand out. As with bathrooms, making changes to your kitchen that involves gas lines or water pipes should only be done by your plumber.

Furnace Upgrades

An outdated furnace will make buyers worried about the cost of their heating bills, as well as their impact on the environment. By upgrading your furnace to an energy-efficient model, you can attract green-conscious buyers and reassure everyone that their heating bills will be as low as possible.

Let Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating help you get your home ready to sell without plumbing and heating services in Berkeley. Find out for yourself why customers have been choosing us for more than 25 years by calling us at (510) 843-6904 for a free estimate.

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