Saving water. Comfort. Convenience. Design. With today’s plumbing technology, there are a lot of great reasons to have new water heaters, faucets, showerheads, toilets and more installed in your home. There are also many options available to choose from, so work with a professional to determine the right type of system for your home.
To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.
In the past it was a simple choice: replace your current storage tank water heater with another exactly the same. Today, however, there are a lot of new options to consider as you seek to improve energy efficiency and the green living profile of your home.
Things to consider for a hot water heater:
Number of people living in your home (hot water demand)
How well your old unit supplied your demand
Fuel type, availability and cost
Estimated energy efficiency of various models
Length of warranty
Maintenance and repair information
Cost of unit as it relates to annual operating cost
You’ll want the right size hot water heater with the best recovery rate for your family’s needs. It should deliver hot water when and where you need it in the most energy efficient and cost conscious manner. Depending on the layout of your home, you may need more than one hot water heater to effectively supply your demand.
Types of Hot Water Heaters
Gas water heater
The most common in American homes, gas models have a tank holding from 20 to 80 gallons of water. When you turn on your hot water tap, hot water comes to you from the top of the tank. Cold water enters the bottom of the tank to be heated. Fuel for gas hot water heaters is either natural gas, propane or oil-fired.
Electric water heater
While electric water heaters have storage tanks and provide hot water in much the same way as do gas ones, they heat water using two electric elements, each with its own thermostat.
Tankless water heater
A tankless water heater costs substantially more than either gas or electric. Yet its advantage is obvious, since there is no storage tank and no standby heat loss. If you have multiple hot water demands at the same time, you may need more than one unit.
Solar water heater
Powered by the free energy of the sun, a solar water heater includes a storage tank and solar collector. Systems installed in higher latitudes may require additional design requirements that will add to the complexity and cost.
Energy Efficiency Considerations
Although gas and electric water heaters can lose some efficiency because water is constantly being heated in the tank, their efficiency is much improved over the past. Spending a little extra up front will give you a more efficient water heater, saving you money in the long run. Look for an R-16 or better insulation rating.
Some tankless hot water heaters claim up to 40% in energy savings. The energy efficiency is obvious: no storage tank equals no heat loss and no running water as you wait for it to warm up.
Water heater prices vary for a wide range of reasons, including the water line connections, gas line, strapping, access and type of water heater. Contacting a professional plumber for a free in-person evaluation is the best way to check pricing. A “blind” quote over the phone is often inaccurate.
Contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® today by calling 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.
Why wait for a kettle to boil every time you want a cup of tea? If you're a big fan of tea, instant soups or hot cereal, installing an instant hot water dispenser in your kitchen is a great idea. It’s a small electric water heater that sits under your sink and delivers piping hot water instantly from a single sink-top spout.
Contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® plumbing professional today by calling 866-399-2885 to learn more about instant hot water systems.
According to the EPA, toilets account for nearly 30% of an average home’s indoor water consumption. So replacing older toilets has great potential for long-term water and money savings. Newer low-flow, high-efficiency toilets use less water, yet flush just as well. Dual flush toilets give the option of flushing two different quantities of water at each use, and can save even more.
Other technology advances are driving greater comfort and convenience for these bathroom basics. For example, some toilets now offer automated flushing, heated seats, mechanically controlled seats and lids, bidet-like functions and other spa-like features.
Contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® today by calling 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your toilets.
These days, there are so many great options in the world of bathroom and kitchen fixtures for saving water and adding comfort to your everyday usage.
One simple way to save money is by installing new sink faucets or aerators to reduce your home’s water usage. Aerators work by mixing the water from the faucet with air, reducing the amount of water needed to maintain pressure. Users likely won’t notice a difference; at least, not until the lower water bill comes. Another smart option is low-flow showerheads.
Bathrooms are also going high tech as manufacturers are pushing plumbing technology to new levels. There is a new wave of showers featuring computer programming to control temperature, water pressure and spray type. It’s a personalized shower experience for every member of the family.
Contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® today by calling 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of installing new fixtures in your bathroom or kitchen.
Clean water is essential for your family—and the health of your home’s plumbing. Unfortunately, the water in some communities is full of impurities—including minerals, chemicals, parasites and chlorines that are unhealthy for people and can be damaging to your home’s pipes and appliances.
Contaminants in your home’s water can cause unpleasant odors or taste, leave your skin feeling dry and itchy, and actually lead to health problems. In addition, minerals like calcium and magnesium create lime-scale, which can cause spotty dishes, tile scum and make your laundry gray and stiff. Even worse, lime-scale deposits can clog and damage your dishwasher, water heater and other appliances.
Pure Water Solution
Weoffer a complete range of whole-house water purification systems that use the latest technology to deliver pure and clean water. All our filtration systems require no regular maintenance.
Our water filtration systems range from single-stage systems that improve the taste and smell of your water to complete five-stage systems that provide maximum filtration and condition your water without chemicals to protect your home’s plumbing.
Contact your local ARS® / Rescue Rooter® plumbing professional today by calling 866-399-2885 to learn more about our water purifier systems and installation.
Hard water is water that contains a high level of dissolved minerals that can create problems for your home’s plumbing system and water-using appliances. If you have hard water, a home water softener is recommended.
Scale and lime deposits take their toll on water-heating appliances such as dishwashers and coffee makers, making them more likely to need repairs. Even more serious is the damage these deposits can cause to the inside of your water heater—leading to reduced efficiency and making your heater more likely to fail.
Hard water also leads to annoying problems in the bathroom and kitchen. The reaction of minerals with soap creates bathtub ring and tile scum. It also makes dishes spotty and can scale cookware. And it can make your laundry gray and stiff.
Getting Rid of Hard Water
Fortunately, installing a water softener can turn your hard water into gentle, soft water. Water softeners work on the principle of “ion exchange,” substituting sodium chloride (salt) for hard minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.
Complete Home Water Purification
An even better alternative to a water softener is a water purification system. These systems not only protect your plumbing from hard-water minerals but also provide clean, great-tasting water throughout your home.
Contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® plumbing professional today by calling 866-399-2885 to find out more about water softeners and water purifier options.
Reducing your home’s water bill is a great way to keep more money in your pocket and lower your impact on the environment. Fortunately, there are many energy-efficient advances that make it easy for you to consume less and conserve more:
Low-flow, high-efficiency and dual flush toilets
Tankless water heaters, solar water heaters, tankless coil and indirect water heaters, and heat pump water heaters
New sink faucets or aerators
Front-loading washing machines
For the latest information on green technology plumbing advances, contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® home plumbing specialist by calling 866-399-2885.
A sump pump is one of those household systems you rarely think about—until you need it. Usually found in a dark corner of the basement, it’s designed to pump out water that collects in the sump pit as a result of flooding. That makes it a very important item to maintain—as it can prevent serious damage to your home and your health.
Contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® plumbing professional today by calling 866-399-2885 to learn more about installing a sump pump or back-up sump pump.