Lutz Plumbing, Inc. Blog : Archive for May, 2019

4 Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Whether taking a shower, washing your hands, or cooking, your water heater makes these everyday activities possible. As a homeowner trying to cut costs, you may want to save on bills as much as possible, and your energy (or gas) bill is one of them. Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, heat water only when it’s needed, reducing wasted heat and energy. If you’re thinking about replacing your current water heater, a tankless water heater could be the solution for you.

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Below are 4 benefits of tankless water heaters:

1. ENERGY-EFFICIENT

Compared to traditional, tank-style water heaters, tankless water heaters save more energy. Tank-style water heaters experience what is known as standby energy loss. A burner heats the water and water is stored within the tank, waiting to be used. The thermal energy dissipates during the time it stays in the tank. In other words, hot water stays in the tank whether it’s being used or not, which means that you could be wasting energy. This is especially true if you’re away from home while the traditional water heater is constantly firing up to reheat the water in its tank.

In contrast, tankless water heaters eliminate standby loss as they only produce hot water on demand. When you turn on the hot water tap, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit and is heated by an electric heating element or a gas burner. That means that no hot water is wasted, which saves energy and helps families to reduce energy costs. For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, tankless water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than traditional, tank-style water heaters. They can be 8%–14% more energy efficient for homes that use a lot of hot water, which is around 86 gallons per day.

Also, you can receive a $300 federal tax rebate if you purchase an ENERGY STAR certified gas tankless water heater. Electric tankless heaters are also eligible for the rebate.

2. SAVE SPACE

Tankless water heaters take up less space than traditional tank-style water heaters. Tankless water heaters have a compact design and can be mounted on a wall. So they are an ideal option for small spaces as they take up less room.

3. ENDLESS HOT WATER

Tankless water heaters offer a continuous supply of hot water at a preset temperature level, which is great for filling up a large tub or whirlpool. They can produce as much as 5 to 7 gallons of hot water per minute. This means that you would have more than enough hot water for multiple showers and for appliances to run simultaneously. Tankless water heaters simply never run out of water. With traditional, tank-style water heaters, when hot water runs out, it could take a long period of time for the tank to fill back up with hot water. Not to mention the high energy costs that come with storing hot water that may not be used.

4. LONGER LIFE EXPECTANCY

Tankless water heaters can last twice as long as conventional water heaters. They typically offer a longer warranty as well. So if anything goes wrong with your tankless water heater, you won’t have to pay for repairs or replacement. This can help homeowners save money in the long run. Warranties can last up to 20 years, which is the average lifespan of a tankless water heater.

Do you own a home in the Kansas City area? Are you looking to install a tankless water heater to reduce energy costs? Contact Lutz Plumbing to get a quote about tankless water heater installation for your home.

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Should You Be Filtering Your Tap Water?

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Great tasting water straight from the tap is what we all want when we reach for a glass. The water used for cooking and drinking should be sparkling, fresh, and just great tasting. How can you achieve this? With the wide selection of water filtration systems available and the experts at Lutz Plumbing, it is much easier than you may think.

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Why Filter Water?

Water quality varies from one local utility to another, so you want to make sure you select a filter that catches the contaminants in your area. You can order a report from your local utility to find out what contaminants are common in your water.

Filtering water is especially important if you are pregnant, older, or if someone in the home has a suppressed immune system. Bottled water is an option, but bottled water is not as strictly monitored as municipal water, and environmental groups discourage its use because of all the plastic waste generated. Not only that, but it is also much less cost-effective.

Using fresh filtered water also has health benefits, with the reduction in bacterial contamination and chlorine. Some water filters also provide an even more comprehensive range of contaminant removal, producing healthier water for cooking, drinking, and with some filters, bathing.

Types of Water Filters

Water filters are designed to remove specific contaminants, so check the packaging to make sure the filter you purchase meets NFS certification for substances of concern in your water. Also, check for NSF certification for the removal of lead and organic contaminants.

Calculate how much water your family uses and consumes. Factor in cooking water and your budget and you’ll get an idea of which type of water filter would work best in your home. Below is a list of the types of water filters that will introduce fresh, sweet tasting, water into your home.

Carafes work well for individuals or couples who don’t use as much water as larger families. Most of these do an excellent job of removing lead and chloroform

Faucet mounted water filters can switch between filtered and unfiltered water, but their water flow can be slow, and they don’t fit on all faucet types. (like a pull-out sprayer)

Countertop water filters sit on the counter and allow you to filter large amounts of water without altering your plumbing. They can take up a lot of space on your counter and they also don’t fit on all faucets.

Under Sink water filters take up space under the sink, but are able to filter large amounts of water. They filter all the water from your tap while remaining out of sight.

Reverse Osmosis water filters remove a wide range of contaminants from the water using a semi-permeable membrane and filters.

Whole house water filtration systems are the most comprehensive option for filtering water entering your home. They are considered point- of-entry filters because they are installed where water first enters your home and they filter all your water, both hot and cold.

Kansas City Water Concerns

According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), Kansas City area water is polluted by industry contaminants, agricultural products, general runoff, and other naturally occurring pollutants. Lutz Plumbing recommends a whole house water filtration system for the most comprehensive contamination removal, allowing your family to enjoy healthful, clean water for bathing, cooking, and most importantly, drinking!

With the help of professionals at Lutz Plumbing, you will be enjoying healthful, sweet-smelling water in your home in no time at all. Contact us to get your water tested and find out what is in your water. We will work with you to find the best water filtration system that suits your specific needs.

 

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