Why to Consider a Tankless Hot Water Heater

tankless hot water heaterTankless water heaters give hot water ONLY when needed, which is the reason why they are also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters. Unlike storage water heaters, they do not produce standby energy loss, thus saving you money on electricity bills.

Reasons Why You Should Consider Buying a Tankless Hot Water Heater:

  • Cost Efficient. Compared to a traditional storage tank water heater, a tankless water heater saves you 24 to 34% of energy if you consume 41 gallons or less of hot water. If your family uses around 86 gallons of hot water a day, you saved 8 to 14% on energy costs. Installing a tankless hot water heater at every hot water outlet saves you save as much as 27 to 50% on energy costs. With these savings, it is estimated that a regular family can save $100 or more in a year by installing a tankless water heater that is Energy Star® qualified.
  • Long-lasting. Although the initial investment of buying a demand water heater is more compared to a traditional storage water heater, it will last you longer than traditional water heaters. Most tankless hot water heaters last for over 20 years. Their components are replaceable and available that extend their life for several years. Storage water heaters usually have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. They also have minimal operating and energy costs so they prove to be more cost-saving in the end.
  • Avoid Standby Heat Losses. The traditional water heaters offer a ready supply of 20 to 80 gallons of hot water. When you turn your hot water tap, it releases hot water from the top of the tank. Cold water enters the bottom of the tank to replace the hot water so you have your tank filled with hot water always. Water is continuously heated even when hot water is not needed, known as standby heat loss, where energy can be wasted. Standby heat losses are a big issue with storage water heaters. Not with tankless water heaters! You get hot water only when you need it, and get it immediately so energy is not wasted.
  • Convenient. A tankless hot water heater allows your family to enjoy the continuous hot water, so you do not need to schedule bath times.
  • Space-saving. Demand water heaters are more compact than the storage heaters, saving you on space. They can be mounted on walls whether indoors or outdoors. They have an anti-freeze kit so mounting them outdoors is not a problem. Some smaller models can even be installed under cabinets, in a closet or near the point of use.
  • Environment-friendly. The electric tankless water heaters are 30% more energy-efficient and do not produce greenhouse gasses. This is not only good for your pocket but also for the environment, as you contribute to having cleaner air for a healthier environment.  
  • Safe and Clean Water. You get clean water all the time because your tank does not accumulate rust and scale caused by stored water. Tankless water heaters are built with excellent features to avoid boiling water from reaching your tap.

 

Call the plumbers at American Air if you’re interested in installing a tankless hot water heater in your home.

Do You Have a Clogged Shower Drain?

clogged shower drainHow many women are annoyed with hair loss in the shower? How many men feel the same way about the women who share a shower with them? A normal amount of hair loss  every day is completely normal for men and women, although it can quickly cause problems in your shower drain. Women tend to have longer hair than men, which is why they are often the ones blamed for clogged shower drains.

Why wait for a clogged shower drain when you can easily prevent this problem by following these tips?

  • Buy a hair catcher. Place the eye catcher over your drain. Get the catcher after every shower and throw the hair into the bin. A hair catcher is just a small item and is very cheap. You can buy it at any hardware store or even in supermarkets.
  • Place one or two rags a few inches before the shower drain. The rags will catch your hair so water can go down easily and freely down the drain. Pick the rags after showering and gather the pieces of hair and throw them into the trash can.
  • Hair on fingers. It is normal to see a few strands of hair on your fingers when you wash your hair. Don’t wash it off with water, as this will only clog your drain. Get a paper towel instead and use it to wipe the hair out of your fingers. Thrown the paper towel into the bin.

If there are already a good amount of hair in your drain, see if a do-it-yourself task will solve the clogged shower drain problem. Try these DIY tricks.

  • Get a metal hanger and bend it to create a hook. Use the bent hanger to pick the hair up and gather them all on a paper towel. This technique works and is effective if there are only a few hair, although it will take time.
  • Use your fingers to pick the hair out the drain. (that is if you have a strong stomach) Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly if you try this.
  • Run or pour hot water down the drain. If there are still a few hair strands left, pour or run hot water down the drain. The hot water will push the strands to run down the drain but do this ONLY if there are just a few hairs left.

Letting hair down the drain is like throwing money down the drain. Standing water on your shower floor is unhealthy, too! So make sure that you implement the above tips to prevent hair from going down the drain and leading to clogs. 

If the problem is worse, then it is time to call a professional plumber. Call (614) 851-0099 to request an estimate from American Air Heating and Cooling!

What NOT to Flush Down Your Toilet

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The toilet is only meant for bodily waste and toilet paper; not any other types of waste or towels should be flushed. Three gallons (about 12 liters) of water is used each time the toilet is flushed. So can you imagine how many gallons or liters of water are wasted if you flush tissue, paper towels, hair, etc. down your toilet? Apart from water wastage- toilet drain blockage can lead to clogged pump stations and sewage backup in neighborhoods and businesses.

Items that Should Not Be Flushed Down the Toilet

Bathroom Wipes. Bathroom wipes or moist towelettes have become a popular accessory in the bathroom. They cause clogs and sewer backups even if they were marked “flushable”. Cleaning wipes and baby wipes should also not be flushed down the toilet.

Paper Towels. Unlike toilet paper, paper towels are thicker and larger. They do not disintegrate quickly like toilet paper so they can clog your toilet requiring the service of an expert plumbing provider.

Cotton Swabs & Cotton Balls. These tiny items can get moist and soggy, but they do not break into pieces causing clogs when they accumulate together, blocking your pipes.

Condoms. Most condoms are made of latex so dispose of these properly instead of flushing them down the toilet. Wrap the condom and wrapper carefully and throw them in the bin.

Pads & Tampons. Although most people know not to flush feminine pads down the toilet, it’s a common misconception that it’s ok to flush tampons. Do not flush them! Because they expand when they get wet, they can quickly clog your sewage pipes. Wrap them instead in toilet paper or the packaging and throw them in the trash can.

Band-aids. Because they’re made from non-biodegradable plastic, throw band-aids in the trash bin to prevent clogging of your pipes and sewage system and to protect the environment.

Dental Floss. Like band-aids, dental floss is non-biodegradable. When dental floss groups together or wraps itself around other items in the pipeline, it can create havoc in your pipes. So remember, toss it in the trash.

Prescription Drugs or Medicines. Do not flush drugs or medicines. These drugs contain certain chemicals that can contaminate the water as well as the source of water.

Hair. Hair is a common thing to see in the bathroom. It clogs the shower, sink, and the toilet plumbing. Hair groups together and produces huge blockages in your plumbing, pipes, and sewer. Remove any hair that you can see in your drains before it washes into the pipes. Throw the hair into the trash bin when cleaning combs, hairbrushes and when combing wet hair.

 

The toilet is not a trash bin. So make sure that every member of your family understands this. Let them understand the damage that can happen if the above items are flushed down your toilet. Insisting on flushing anything down your toilet will soon result in blocked pipes, clogging a pump station and causing a sewage backup for your neighbors, other houses and businesses.

Call American Air to resolve any blockage problems in your sewer lines.

Will a Tankless Water Heater Save Me Money?

tankless water heaterSome of your high energy cost can be associated with your home’s hot water heater. As hot water leaves your water heater’s tank, it automatically refills, constantly heating the water and using energy.  A more cost effective alternative to these standard appliances is a tankless water heater. Also known as “on demand water units,” tankless water heaters only heat the water as needed.

With tankless water heaters, no money is spent heating 40 to 50 gallons of water and storing in a tank until someone is in need of hot water. Heated water that sits idly in a tank will eventually lose heat, even though the tank is insulated; requiring constant reheating. Tankless water heaters give you hot water on demand when you need it, so you do not heat water that is not needed. Thus, you save on energy costs. These tanks offer you a continuous supply of hot water enough to fill a big hot tub or a whirlpool. Compared with other tanks, tankless water heaters use 30-50% less energy. Depending on your usage, it gives you a savings of approximately $100 or more in one year. These heaters usually operate on natural gas or propane to heat water.

Tankless Water Heater Benefits

Along with saving you some cash, tankless water heaters offer some other great benefits.

  • Save you on Space. They are more compact than the standard water heaters, so they can be mounted on a wall or outdoors with an anti-freeze kit. The smaller units can even be mounted in a closet or under cabinets, nearer the point of use.
  • Tax Rebate. You get a federal tax rebate amounting to $300 with tankless units.
  • Availability of Hot Water. You get hot water whenever you need it.
  • Convenient to Use. Most of the tankless units are operated by remote control with four separate settings.
  • Clean Hot Water. You are assured of getting clean hot water because water is not stored in the tank that can lead to accumulation of rust and scale.
  • Clean Gas. The electric tankless heaters do not produce greenhouse gasses so you contribute to cleaner air and a healthier environment.
  • Long-Lasting. They have a life expectancy of 5 to 10 years with some lasting for more than 20 years compared to the conventional tank-type water heaters.
  • Durable. Less worries of leaks or flooding because of a ruptured tank causing water damage.

 

The operating costs of a tankless water heater differs from model to model. Read the manufacturer’s manual or call the manufacturer to get a better understanding of the product you are buying. Tankless water heaters are investments that pay for themselves. They increase energy efficiency and increases the value of your home with premium technology.  Contact one of our plumbers at American Air to discuss having one installed in your home.

What you Need to Know about a Clogged Sewer Line

clogged sewer lineA clogged drain in your home can quickly become a major inconvenience. It will prevent you from getting things done, and leave gross residue behind. Whether it’s in the kitchen or bathroom, a clogged drain is no fun. Clogged drains can become a breeding ground for bacteria and can even cause your or members of your family to get sick. Most clogged drains can be fixed with a plunger, a drain clearing solution, or by manually removing hair/debris from the drain. If these DIY tricks aren’t working, there’s a chance your main sewer line might be clogged.  Read the signs below to get a better idea if that’s the case.

Signs of a Clogged Sewer Line

  • Multiple drains are backing up with water
  • Bad odors coming from your drains
  • Gurgling noises coming from your drains or toilet
  • Bubbling water in your toilet when you use the bathroom sink or shower
  • Water backing up from your basement floor drain

 

Culprits of a Clogged Sewer Line

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • And the most common culprit, Tree roots

 

If you think that your main sewer line is clogged, call American Air right away before it becomes a bigger problem. A licensed plumber will use a camera to scope your drain to find out what is causing the clog. Once the issue is determined they will either use an interior drain water jet OR a snake, to free any trapped debris or tree roots from inside the sewer lines.

A Garbage Disposal Offers More Than Just Convenience

garbage disposalProper garbage disposal will make a big impact in reducing the amount of pollutants, contaminants, bacteria and toxins that are released into the environment. Installation of a garbage disposal system offers numerous benefits, including convenience while you rinse your dishes.    

Benefits of a Garbage Disposal

  • Environmental. Foods that are thrown in landfills decay and release methane gas, which is a dangerous greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gas, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is more harmful than carbon dioxide, causing global warming 21 times faster than CO2. Food waste in the U.S. has doubled since 1990, which is very alarming. About 34.7 million tons of food waste was produced by Americans in 2012, calculated to be more than one-fifth of all garbage dumpsites. When scraps of food are crushed up by a garbage disposal and go into a water treatment system, the treatment process eliminates the healthy bio-solids that get used as soil fertilizers. Although methane is also produced by the decomposed organic matter after being exposed to the treatment process, it does not pose any danger to the environment. Methane, during the treatment process, is controlled and converted to clean energy.
  • Easier to Clean. Using a disposal eliminates problems of a clogged drain, leaving your kitchen smelling better. It also prevents insects and animals that are typically attracted to food waste in trash cans and dumpsters.
  • Cost Efficient. A garbage disposal system is cost efficient, using minimal energy and water to operate. Daily use costs only cents on your monthly electric bill and less than 1% from your water bills. Using a garbage disposal for food waste instead of throwing it away, will also save you money on garbage bags.

Tips for Using Your Garbage Disposal

  • Reduce the chance of leaks and burst pipes by not putting fats, grease, and oils into your disposal. These substances will block the internal mechanical parts and of your drain line.
  • Avoid disposing of fibrous foods like vegetables and hard pieces like bones or fruit seeds to prevent the blades from breaking.
  • Check to make sure there are no small dishes or silver in your drain before running your disposal

 

Hire a licensed plumber Hilliard Oh service provider to install a garbage disposal system in your home and assure the job is performed to the best standards. Even repairing a garbage disposal system would need a licensed Hilliard Oh plumber.

Ways to Reduce Your Water Bill

Plumber Grove City OhWater is a necessity, but we should know how to conserve it. Almost 50% of our daily water usage goes down the bathroom drain. Flushing the toilet is one of the biggest ways that water is wasted in your home, followed by shower heads and faucets. Water conservation is encouraged and practiced in all areas, including those regions where it seems abundant. Hiring a Columbus Ohio Plumber to fix leaky faucets, a malfunctioning flusher, or to install an efficient toilet can help reduce your water bills without sacrificing flow.

Ways to Conserve Water

  • Always check leaks from faucets and pipes. Leaky faucets, even a small drip, can waste 20 g/day. So imagine how much water is wasted with larger leaks!
  • Check your toilet for any leaks. To check any leaks, add a little food coloring in the toilet tank. If there is a leak, the color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes. It is easier and cheaper to replace the parts than it is to deal with a long term leak.
  • Do not use the toilet as waste bin or ashtray. Avoid throwing toilet paper, napkins, tissues, cigarette butts, or any other small pieces of trash in the toilet. All of these extra flushes waste lots of water.
  • Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators. Low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators are cost effective and easy to install. They are water-efficient, allowing you to save as much as 50% on water consumption and reduce 50% on the energy cost of heating the water. Low-flow shower heads and faucets consume less than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Additional water can be saved by limiting shower time or turning off the shower or faucet when soaping up or wetting your toothbrush. Turn the shower off to rinse off and use a glass to rinse your mouth.
  • Check the water meter. Monitor your water meter every two hours before and after when water is not used. Any change indicates a leak.

 

Water system upkeep reduces soil saturation that would prolong the life of a septic tank and minimizes any pollution caused by leaks. It also helps you save on utility bill, as well as helps prevent water pollution in nearby rivers, lakes, and local watersheds. Overworked municipal sewer systems can also lead to untreated sewage flowing into rivers and lakes. Even a small amount of water flowing from these systems reduces pollution.

At American Air plumber will not only help in reducing your water bills, we will also help in reducing pollution for a healthier environment today and for the future.

 

The Benefits of Hiring a Licensed Plumber

Licensed PlumberBroken pipes, clogged drains, and an overflowing toilet are some of the plumbing problems that confront us. During these situations, professional help is better than a DIY job. Will you attempt to fix the problem on your own, or will you hire a licensed plumber?

You may know how to troubleshoot small plumbing problems like a leaking faucet. But that small problem grows into a major problem if it “jimmy rigged” or ignored.

Why Hire an American Air Licensed Plumber?

  • Licensed, Bonded and Insured. You are secure hiring professional plumbers. Plumbers at American Air undergo extensive training on simple and complex repairs. They pass difficult state testing. As licensed plumbers, they are understand the latest plumbing trends and accomplish their tasks with ease and quality. All licensed plumber contractors in the US have property damage and bodily insurance.
  • Experienced. They have been exposed to various plumbing problems. This makes them capable of identifying any kind of plumbing issues before it becomes worse, and they know how to handle these problems.
  • Full Plumbing Services. American Air plumbers offer a variety of plumbing services that include replacements, new constructions, repairs, or remodeling.
  • Provide a Diagnosis and Solutions. Professional plumbers will give you a thorough explanation of the main cause of the problem and offer the best ways to fix it.
  • Latest and Right Plumbing Tools. Licensed plumbers use the most up-to-date tools, so the job is efficiently and correctly performed.
  • Reliable Customer Support. To reach them, just call their customer support and solve your problem quickly.

 

If you have plumbing problems at home, call American Air for professional help from a licensed plumber.

Upgrade with a Sump Pump Battery Backup

sump pump battery backup

A sump pump clears water from your basement brought by excessive rain and flooding. There are five types of sump pumps:  pedestal, submersible, battery backup, combination and sewage; all of which are powered by electricity. Of these five types of sump pumps, the sump pump battery backup offers you the assurance of usability even if the power goes out or fails. Its battery propels when the power goes out, so you can continue using the pump.  

A battery backup, aside from a primary sump pump, has a second sump pump. It consists of the battery-powered pump, a powerful battery, a charger and an extra piping. It eliminates water from a sump basin that passes through a discharge pipe on the way out. The battery is long-life and does not require frequent charging.

American Air can also install a water-sensing alarm on your sump pump. With this alarm you will be alerted if the water level grows too high in the sump pump well so that you can examine further before water floods the basement.

Battery backup sump pumps are sold on the market all year long. Upgrade your sump pump and add a battery backup to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Forceful Pumping Power. Some battery backup sump pumps can be very forceful, capable of pumping 3000 gallons/hour at 10 feet of lift.
  • Flexibility. Homeowners can operate the battery backup themselves.
  • Easy to Install. Installation is easy, as they usually use the same discharge pipe as that of the primary sump pump.

Some manufacturers of battery backup sump pumps offer three models that are classified as good, better, and best. The best battery backups are fitted with a larger battery, a more sophisticated charger, and are the most expensive.

Spring lifts the spirits as we see more sunny days and blooming flowers. This season also brings rains, swollen rivers, the rapid melting of snow, and recurrent storms that elevate water table.  Standing water (even just a few inches) can damage furniture and appliances, corrode metal fixtures and wooden posts, immobilize mechanical systems, as well as encourage the growth of bacteria. Don’t be caught in a spring thunderstorm with no electric and a rapidly flooding basement. Upgrade your sump pump and add a sump pump battery backup to avoid water in your basement.