Advantages of Radiant Heating

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Utah winters can get cold, and heating your house effectively and efficiently can be a major challenge. Traditional heating solutions include furnaces and boilers, but one newer strategy that’s gaining popularity is radiant heating.

Overview

Exactly what is radiant heating? This form of temperature control involves placing heated panels inside walls, ceilings, and floors. The panels are heated by electricity or hot water, and they in turn heat the room that they are placed in. This means that heat is produced nearby and directly transferred to the room.

Higher Efficiency

Radiant heating is more efficient than furnaces are, since air is not a good carrier of heat. A great deal of temperature loss occurs in the vents of your home while the air is being moved from one room to another. Radiant heaters tend to use less electricity than electric furnaces do, which is good for the environment and for your monthly budget.

Increased Control

Another great benefit of radiant heating is that the heat is being produced directly in the room you wish to heat. This means that you have a great deal of control over which rooms in your house are kept warmer and which are kept cooler. If desired, you can set temperatures differently to accommodate individual preferences, or avoid wasting electricity by not heating rooms that you aren’t using. Radiant heating is very responsive and can warm up a single room within minutes.

Reduced Allergens

Additionally, radiant heating means that since air isn’t constantly being blown around your house, it’s more difficult for dust and other impurities to spread through your home. This is especially good news for people with allergies, since it means that they don’t have to deal with as many allergens.

If you’re interested in having a radiant heating system installed in your house, All Hours Plumbing SLC can help you get started. Contact us today to discuss radiant heating and our other services.

Now is the Time for an AC Tune-up

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The weather only recently started warming up after a cold winter, and with temperatures in the mid-50s it might seem like a strange time to be thinking about your air conditioner, but actually this is the best time to start making plans for the summer. Getting a tune-up for your AC is one of the best things you can do to prolong the life of your appliance, make sure your home stays cool when temperatures get much hotter, and even save some money.

The Importance of Preventive Maintenance

Most people understand that preventive care is good, and regularly go to the doctor for an annual checkup or take their car in for an oil change every few months. Unfortunately the same people don’t always take the time to do the same preventive maintenance on appliances like air conditioners and furnaces. The AC in your home works hard probably every day in the summer months, and just like your car, it includes a lot of moving parts that all need to work together. A little checkup before the season starts can ensure that these elements are clean and working properly so you avoid breakdowns.

Why Spring is the Best Time

You likely won’t be using your air conditioner for a few more months—spring weather in Utah is usually pretty mild—but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your AC tuned up right now. In fact, the end of winter and beginning spring are the best times of the year to get this type of maintenance done because your AC repair company is not going to be very busy. Waiting until the weather gets hotter means everyone else will also be calling for tune-ups and repairs on their AC units, and you may have a harder time getting someone to come out quickly.

Save Money on Cooling Costs

Another reason to consider a tune-up on your air conditioner this spring is your wallet—an AC that is running efficiently will cost less to operate, and that can add up to big savings when the summer temperatures soar. If your AC has to work harder to keep your house cool, it will be running more often, and you will pay more on utility bills than if you have a system that is clean and dependable and can run efficiently. Plus these quick check-ups can help spot potential problems before they become bigger issues, which could save you a lot of money on costly repair jobs. It’s no surprise that about half of all AC owners don’t get regular tune-ups, and about the same number express dissatisfaction with the way their air conditioner runs and how much it costs to operate.

Call today to have a technician inspect, clean, lubricate, and repair any problems with your air conditioner. You might not need to use it for a few months, but you’ll be glad you did when you have an efficient AC this summer.

Is Your Water Heater at Risk of These Problems?

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Water heaters are one of the most critical appliances in your home—no matter what time of year, nobody wants to be stuck taking cold showers and unable to run the dishwasher or do a load of laundry. A water heater is also a costly appliance to replace if it breaks down entirely, which is why it’s so important to get it inspected and repaired regularly. Fortunately you can have a Salt Lake City plumber inspect and repair it if you notice any of these problems.

Key Parts of Your Water Heater

Water heaters are not necessarily complex, but they do consist of several important parts that could break or become damaged. This includes a large water holding tank, cold water intake, hot water outlet, and drain valve on the outside, and heating element, dip tube that keeps colder water away from the hot water outlet, and a metal rod to help reduce tank corrosion.

Sediment in the Tank

Water that runs through your water heater often leaves behind residual sediment. It’s a small amount in any given tank of water, but over time that can add up. When sediment builds up inside you may notice a rotten egg smell, reduced volume of hot water available, and loud noises from within the tank. Call a Salt Lake City plumber to help wash away sediment and continue to have it done on a regular basis.

Water Temperature Changes

Your water heater has a thermostat that regulates how hot to heat the water inside, and raising or lowering the temperature can improve the function of the water heater. If you notice that you have absolutely no hot water, first check to make sure the pilot light is still on, and if it is, call a plumber to help check the heating element.

Leaks

There are a few different reasons that your water heater might start to experience leaks, and it may not be a quick fix. Standing water in the vicinity of the water heater is a good indicator of a leak, although you should first check to find out if it is simply condensation in a room that is cold (contrasting the warm water in the tank). Homeowners shouldn’t ignore leaks or the possibility of leaks, since they could become worse and lead to flooding.

Understanding your water heater, and the signs of the potential issues, can ensure that you get proper repairs and replacement from a plumber in Salt Lake City.

Common Repairs Needed for Commercial Plumbing Systems

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When your commercial facility is experiencing plumbing difficulties, it’s often far more complex than your pipes at home. It may be a simple fix, but it could also be something that requires extensive repairs, inspection, and the help of a Utah commercial plumber. Since many businesses share a facility with other companies, getting immediate repairs can prevent damage to yours and any surrounding businesses as well. These are some of the most common repairs your commercial plumbing systems might need.



Clogs in Drains and Toilets



If your facility has a toilet or a drain, there is a risk it could get clogged. The first thing to do when you discover a clogged drain or toilet is to shut off the water supply to that fixture to prevent overflow and damage. Kitchen sinks in restaurants are perhaps the most commonly clogged of all commercial plumbing fixtures, and employees should be properly trained to avoid putting items that might make clogs more likely, such as grease or thick skins from food like onions and potatoes. The easiest way to prevent further damage is to call a commercial plumber, who can bring a sewer snake to identify and release the clog.



Leaking Faucets and Fixtures



A water leak in your commercial building—even a small one—could lead to 3,000 or more wasted gallons of water. Not only is that wasteful, but it’s an expense to your business that is impacting your bottom line. Small and insignificant leaks could also be putting a strain on your pipes or providing moisture for mold and mildew growth, so quick repair is often the best way to avoid extensive damage and other issues.



Foul Odors from the Sewer



You don’t want your customers or employees to associate your facility with the foul smell of sewers, but sometimes the pipes allow odors to come from the sewer back up into a commercial bathroom. There are some products you can pour into the u-shaped pipes to help block odor, but be sure to check if they are EPA-approved first by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.



Leaks and Pipe Damage



Perhaps the most common commercial plumbing repair that is needed is fixing pipes that are leaking and causing damage to ceiling tiles. While it can be frustrating to have to replace water-damaged ceiling tiles, it is often an early sign of a problem that might go untreated for months or years—until the pipes burst and cause a severe flood in your office, that is. Early detection and repair is critical to avoid problems later.



When your commercial building needs plumbing repairs and assistance, call a plumber with the right experience to keep your commercial plumbing systems in good repair and working the way it should.

The Importance of Water Heater Repairs and Maintenance

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If you have ever had to take a cold shower because your water heater wasn’t working properly, you already know how unpleasant this situation can be. Most people don’t think much about their water heater, simply expecting it to provide hot water on a daily basis for everything from showers to dishwashing and laundry, and only notice the water heater when it’s not working. Unfortunately this means you’ll have to suffer with cold water until you can get someone out for a repair.



Instead, it’s much easier to get regular maintenance and checkups on your water heater every year to reduce the chances that you will need emergency repairs. Plus these little heater repairs can extend the life of your water heat from its average of about 10 years.



Repairs & Maintenance Save Money



When your water heat is working inefficiently it is costing you money because it has to work much harder just to keep your water warm. Over time water heaters fill up with sediment and dirt—you’ll notice this in the form of knocking or banging noises from within the water heater. When that sediment settles at the bottom of the appliance, it has a harder time producing hot water and needs to be flushed.



Avoid Costly Repairs and Replacement



Just like with your personal health, “an ounce of prevention” with your water heater “is worth a pound of cure.” If you wait until you have a major problem with your water heater before calling a repair company, you have a much higher chance that the necessary repairs will be more costly and more extensive than if you have been getting regular maintenance and small repairs throughout the life of your water heater. Regular maintenance can spot leaks, corrosion, and other things impact the performance of your appliance. Plus if the damage is bad enough, you might just have to get the entire unit replaced—a cost that may have been avoidable with some preventive maintenance.



Avoid Catastrophic Breakdowns



Of course, the main reason to get regular maintenance is to avoid the major surprises like complete water heater failure, which could even lead to flooding in your basement and will mean high costs for repair or water heater replacement. Early detection of a problem will save you money, time, and the stress of taking those cold showers for a few days while you wait for a repair company.



Schedule maintenance for your water heater right now by calling All Hours Plumbing in Utah.

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