Your heating and cooling system is one of the most important systems in your home. It’s also one of the more expensive systems to maintain. Still, you want to make sure that your HVAC system is functioning at peak efficiency at all times. How can you identify potential issues before costly repairs need to be made later? Read more
You may have seen how thermal imaging can be used on checking on potential problems with electrical panels. This is commonly done in regular inspections of multi-family apartment complexes, as well as commercial and industrial buildings. Of course, you can actually have an infrared inspection done on your home’s electrical panel, too. Why is it important to do so? What do these infrared inspections actually look for and how could it help you to have one done in your home? Read more
As with any choice that you make for your home or business, there are pros and cons to choosing one option over another. In any case, you want to save money. When it comes to something as important as a water heater, you want to be sure that you’re not only picking the option that will save you the most money in the long run, but that also does the job the best.
The debate over whether you should choose an electric or natural gas water heater is a big one. The truth is that both can be effective. It really depends on how you plan to use the water heater in your home or business that should inform your final choice.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Natural Gas Water Heaters
Natural gas water heaters can heat water in less time than an electric water heater. Also, natural gas costs tend to be significantly less than comparative electric costs. They are also the most popular option in many homes.
However, not every home is equipped to have a natural gas water heater. This is similarly the case with commercial businesses. Typically, however, they tend to be the least expensive to maintain, which is why they are such a popular choice, even if the home or business has to be retrofitted to have the ability to have a gas water heater.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Electric Water Heaters
The obvious advantage of electric water heaters is that they don’t require special natural gas lines and equipment to function. You just plug them in as with any other appliances.
In some circumstances, it is much more convenient to install an electric water heater. This is especially true in cases where it isn’t possible to run a pipe from the heater to the flue in the roof for venting.
Also, natural gas isn’t available in every area, in which case electric or another less popular option, such as heating oil/diesel, kerosene, propane, or even solar-powered may be necessary.
The major disadvantage to electric water heaters is that they take more time to heat water than natural gas water heaters. This means there will be increased energy costs.
What Other Factors Should Influence My Final Decision on Choosing a Water Heater?
The U.S. Department of Energy has a great Energy Cost Calculator that shows you the potential cost savings of using a more energy-efficient water heater model, whether it’s natural gas or electric. So, if you decide that you still need an electric water heater, you can find how much it will actually save you to invest in a more expensive, more efficient model.
Also, it is possible for plumbers to convert electric water heaters into gas water heaters. So if you have an electric water heater that still functions properly, but want to save money by switching to gas, a water heater conversion could actually save you money in the long run.
Your final decision comes down to two factors: whether electric or natural gas makes more sense for your particular location and how much money you’re looking to save over time VS how efficient you want your water heater to be for your needs. Both electric and natural gas water heaters can serve their function just as well over the long term, as well as other more unusual options.
Between rising costs to produce and deliver electricity and aging infrastructure and equipment, utility companies are caught between a rock and hard place in terms of providing reliable electricity services to customers while controlling costs. Finding a way to increase reliability without significantly increasing costs is a chronic challenge for utility companies. Read more
When Home inspectors come to your door, you expect a thorough investigation of what could be wrong with your premise. The inspectors do their inspection, and maybe you find that they did not get to the depth of it; the reason behind this is the lack of thermal imaging or an infrared inspection. Here are the four reasons why it is important to enlist infrared thermal imaging when doing home inspections. Read more
When it comes to troubleshooting tools, you need tools that can detect and report equipment problems fast enough. The New FLIR T-series Camera is such a tool. The camera allows you to see the invisible heat produced by electrical resistance and mechanical wear early enough before fatal damages occur. If this heat went unnoticed, it could lead to bigger dangers as well. The camera has amazing features with ultimate resolution and sensitivity to give the best handheld imagery and accuracy.
Infrared inspections involve using infrared cameras to detect hot spots arising from defects in connections and other components. Increased resistance could lead to the production of excess heat that could be very dangerous if not detected early enough and the situation rectified. The infrared cameras take thermal images of the building and thus enabling an analysis of the various levels of infrared radiation. A thorough thermography process helps you find out all the problems and causes of threats in your house.
Damaged devices and tools could interrupt the production process and result to big losses and time wastage. Just before the situations gets to that point, many companies have adopted various methods of protecting their assets and production devices from the damage. Infrared inspections are one of these preventive measures. It is a nondestructive process that helps detect and reveal any electrical or mechanical problems in equipment of work which arise from the excess heat caused by resistance. It involves the use of infrared cameras that pinpoint spots of danger in the devices which the human eye could never see. The cameras have a top class sensitivity that works even without illumination and thus very efficient.
Our infrared inspection services are a proven effective part of an overall condition-based maintenance strategy.
Clients continue to rely on this cost-effective means of testing during normal operations to keep their electrical and mechanical equipment operating safely and efficiently.
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