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How to Choose the Right Water Heater Replacement For You

In the wise words of Mugatu: “Water heaters…so hot right now.” Okay, maybe that’s not the exact line from Zoolander, but the truth is your water heater is what makes your home comfortable to live and function in — it keeps your water hot for doing dishes, washing your face, taking showers, relaxing in the bathtub and so water heater replacementmuch more. So, the water heater experts at Clay’s Climate Control are here with tips on how to choose the right water heater replacement for you — this way you can keep your comfort level up and your monthly costs down!

 

First Figure Out Fuel Availability, Then Figure Out Fuel Type

These days, there are many different types of fuel source options. However, different fuel sources are available in different parts of the country, so here’s a quick breakdown of the fuel options and which areas can utilize them: 

 

  • Electricity: Available in all parts of the U.S., this fuel source is a great option for electric tankless water heaters. 

 

    • Fuel oil: If you’re replacing your current system with a conventional one, this fuel type will work and is available in some parts of the U.S. 

 

  • Geothermal energy: Although it’s a more environmentally friendly option, this is only applicable to home’s that have — or will have — a geothermal system installed.  
  • Natural gas: This is a great option in most parts of the U.S. and can fuel conventional water heaters and tankless water heaters. 
  • Propane: Available in most parts of the U.S., this fuel source will work for tankless water heaters, conventional systems and combination water and space heating systems
  • Solar energy: If you’re looking for the greenest fuel source, this one’s for you! However, it’s availability throughout the U.S. is limited — it’s most popular in the southwest — and can only be used for solar water heaters. 

 

 

In This Case…Size Matters 

Jokes aside, when you’re ready for a water heater replacement, you have to figure out which size will best serve you and your household. Too small and you won’t get enough hot water; too big and you’ll be wasting your money. To ensure your water heater replacement is a success for your comfort AND your wallet, it’s best to rely on the knowledge of water heater experts

 

Remember: Energy Efficiency Makes Everything That Much Better 

Whatever your reason may be for your water heater replacement, you’re going to want to replace your current unit with one that’s energy-efficient, so you can enjoy a system that saves you green (both environmentally and financially!). While there are a lot of energy-efficient water systems these days, we personally love electric tankless water heaters because they only heat water when you turn on the hot water tap. 

 

Calculate Costs Now, Save Money Later 

Before you commit to buying a new water heater, it’s important to figure out what the annual operating costs will be of the different systems you are considering. We know, we know, calculating costs can be time consuming, but determining the costs now will be worth it in the long run! 

 

If you’re still not confident that you’ll choose the right water heater replacement for you, don’t worry — the team at Clay’s is always here to help! Contact us today to schedule your water heater replacement appointment. 

 

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In with the Bad, Out with the Good: Here’s How Not Changing Your Air Filter is Damaging Your Health and Bank Account

not changing air filter damages you and bank accountWhen we think about air quality, we often think about the air outside. For example, we tend to notice how cars, garbage and cigarette smoke (just to name a few) pollute the air and affect our health. However, pollution in our homes seems to be less of a thought for many people, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor concentrations. This means that indoor air quality should be a priority for all homeowners! If you don’t know when your last air filter replacement was, then keep reading, because the indoor air quality professionals at Clay’s Climate Control are here with the reasons why not changing your air filter is damaging your health AND your bank account.

Bad Indoor Air Quality Can Lead to Bad Health Issues

Air filters are made up of spun fiberglass which enables them to prevent pollutants from circulating into the air. Overtime, this material becomes full of everything they’re keeping out of your air (animal hair, bacteria, dust, hair, lint, pollen, etc.). When an air filter isn’t replaced often enough, they’re no longer effective, which means your indoor air quality is impacted. If this happens, you or people in your home may start to experience the following:

  • Asthma
  • Breathing issues
  • Congestion
  • Eye issues
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Sore throat

To avoid this, follow this quick and easy guide for how often an air filter replacement should occur:

  • Every 20 to 45 days: If your home has multiple pets or someone in your home has asthma
  • Every 60 days: If your home has one pet
  • Every 90 days: If your home has no pets
  • Ever 6 to 12 months: If your home is a single-occupant home and you have no pets (common for vacation homes)

For an additional layer of protection against harmful air pollutants, you may want to consider purchasing an air scrubber.

More Indoor Air Pollution Means Less HVAC Efficiency

Air filters that haven’t been replaced frequently enough don’t just wreak havoc on your health — they can also wreak havoc on your wallet! Dirty air filters clog your HVAC system, preventing warm and cool air from coming out consistently. Unfortunately, the go-to move is usually to crank up the heating or air conditioning — not replace the air filters — which means you won’t see these effects until you get your (abnormally high) utility bill! To keep your HVAC system (and your bank account) from having to work harder, replace your air filters rather thank changing that dial on your thermostat.

Now that you know how not changing your air filter is damaging your health and bank account, let the experts at Clay’s Climate Control help! Whether you’re interested in a new HVAC system or purchasing an air scrubber, we’re here to assist you in any way we can. Contact us today!