• Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating – How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

    A standard tank water heater stores water and is constantly heating this water. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, provides hot water on demand. Instead of heating water all of the time regardless of use, a tankless water heater heats water only as you need it. To learn more, read on: 

    How It Works

    A tankless water heater works by heating the water immediately as it is needed with a small but powerful gas burner. After you turn on your tap, the flow of water triggers the flame to begin heating the water. When you change the temperature or turn the tap off, the water stops being heated.

    Savings

    This simple system stands to save you a lot on your utility bills, since you only pay for the energy you need. With a traditional hot water tank heater, you’ll be paying for your hot water regardless of your use. A typical tank water heater has an “energy factor” (EF) of about .63. By comparison, the plumbing EF of a tankless water heater is about .84 and sometimes as high as .90.

    Other Benefits

    With a tankless hot water heater , you’ll never run out of hot water as you would with a traditional hot water heater.  Moreover, a tankless water heater system takes up very little space and most units can be installed outside on the home’s exterior.

    If you’re interested in having a tankless water heater installed in your home, then contact the experienced plumbers at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today. For more information, visit us on the Web or call us at (510) 843-6904. 

     

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  • Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating – How to Conserve Water at Home

    Most everyone recognizes the need to conserve water whenever possible, but many of us don’t really know the best way to do it. This video offers some simple tips to help you reduce your water use at home and eliminate water waste. 

    In the bathroom, for example, turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth. A low-flow showerhead will cut your water usage by up to 10,000 gallons per year and will save you at least 10% on your heating bill. Putting an aerator on your faucet will get you more pressure with less water. Put some stones in a milk jug and place it in your toilet tank to displace the water. Reduce the time you spend showering by 2 minutes. 

    Other suggestions include a “waterless carwash” to save water on washing your car. This method uses little to no water at all, by using just a spray bottle and a rag to wash your car. 

    One point mentioned in the video is to make sure you have no leaky drains or faucets, as these can be major sources of wasted water. If you do have a leak, then contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating and get it fixed today. Check out our website or call us at (510) 843-6904.