• Why You Should Consider Getting a High-Efficiency Furnace

    Most homeowners put off replacing their furnaces for as long as possible, but in reality, the best step for saving money might actually be getting a new unit now. If you have an older furnace, then chances are that your annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE, is well below what newer models can deliver. Starting in 2013, the Department of Energy issued new guidelines requiring furnaces to have AFUE ratings of at least 80%. This means that 80% of the fuel they use must be converted into heat. However, an old model can have an AFUE as low as 65%. Swapping out an older furnace for a new high-efficiency model can make a dramatic difference in more than just your energy use. Here is a closer look at some of the advantages.  

    Save Money on your Energy Bills 

    Although the Department of Energy only requires an AFUE of 80%, new, high-efficiency models can reach as high 90-95%. That means that replacing an old furnace with a new model could increase the fuel efficiency of your heating unit by up to 30%. This can translate into significant savings on your energy bills and help to offset the initial investment of a new furnace 

    Achieve Cleaner Air Flow 

    Your furnace has a big impact on the air quality in your home, and older models can be contributing to dust and debris circulating throughout your home. New furnaces have better filtration systems and better air circulation, so your family will be breathing cleaner air.  

    Get More Comfort 

    New furnaces aren’t just more energy efficient. They are also more efficient at maintaining uniform heating throughout your home. That means that you won’t have to deal with hot and cold pockets in your house. Your entire space can feel comfortable and inviting.  

    If you’re considering a new furnace, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Not only can we help with furnace installation in Berkeley, but our team can also help you decide if now is the right time for a replacement. Talk to one of our experts by calling (510) 843-6904. 

  • How Are Video Inspections Used in Sewer Line Repairs?

    For most homeowners, the idea of having to call a plumber for a sewer line repair is a nightmare scenario. Fortunately, today’s sewer line repairs are vastly different than those in the past. Today, repairs are aided by video inspections, which means that your plumber doesn’t have to destroy your landscaping just to see what repairs need to be made.  

    With video inspections, your plumber can dig a small hole to access your sewer line and then feed a video camera into it. With the camera, your plumber can see the inside the line and pinpoint the cause of your issue. He or she can then make the necessary repairs, usually through that same small hole. This process saves time and money since you won’t have to deal with fixing your landscaping as you would have in the past.  

    Learn more about video inspections and trenchless repairs by calling Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. You can get answers to your questions about sewer repairs in Berkeley by calling (510) 843-6904. 

  • Reasons to Get a Water Softening System

    Hard water is a problem in many households. When water contains high levels of minerals, it can cause problems with your plumbing, ruin your clothes, and even impact your health. A water softening system can prevent these problems from occurring and is an easy, simple way to ensure the water in your home is safe. Your plumber can install a water softening system that works for your entire home, so you can feel confident in the water from every tap. If you’re on the fence about getting a water softening system, here are some of the reasons you should consider making the leap.  

    Prevent Pipe Damage 

    One of the biggest issues associated with hard water is that minerals in the water—particularly calcium and magnesium carbonates—build up in your pipes. These substances turn into limestone and chalk. Over time, this buildup will constrict the flow of water through your pipes, causing wear and tear that can eventually cause your pipes to fail. Using a water softening system, you can prevent this kind of build-up from occurring, keeping your pipes protected. As an added bonus, preventing clogs in your pipes will allow your water to flow more efficiently, so you reduce your energy usage and save money on your bills.  

    Protect Your Clothing 

    If you have hard water, that means that every time you start a wash, your clothes are bathing in harsh, mineralized water. This can cause your clothing to fade and wear out faster. It can also cause spots of minerals to appear on your clothes, so they don’t look clean, even fresh out of the wash. A water softening system will allow you to enjoy clothes that stay in good condition for longer.  

    For more information about water softening systems and how they can benefit your home, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Learn more about all of our plumbing services or make an appointment with a plumber in Berkeley by calling (510) 843-6904. 

  • Understanding the Global Water Crisis

    Water scarcity is one of the biggest issues facing the planet today. Yet, much of the water that is used each day is used in places you may not have even considered. Although talking to your plumber about low-flow fixtures and fixing water leaks when they occur can help reduce water usageit’s important to take a broader approach to look at how water is consumed 

    Watch this video to learn more about water usage. Your appliances, clothing, and favorite foods could all be using a surprising amount of water. Focusing your attention on curbing this kind of water usage can help dramatically save.  

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help you conserve water at home with plumbing repairs and installation of efficient appliances, like tankless water heaters. Talk to a plumber in Berkeley today by calling (510) 843-6904