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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!

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Picking The Right Hot Water Heater For Your Home

Heating the water in your home for showers, washing dishes, and cooking is important. If the water heater in your home is not working properly, you may need to replace your water heater with a new one. Picking the best replacement for your home is not difficult if you get some help from a professional.

Replacement Water Heater

If you are replacing the existing water heater in your home with a new water heater of the same type, you will need to find a new unit that will fit where the old water heater was. The plumbing and electrical connections must also fit properly and be in the right spot on the water heater. 

The best way to know you are getting a new water heater that is right for your situation is to talk with a professional at a plumbing supply or home center. If you have the make and model of the old water heater, the person helping you can use that information to find the right replacement for you. 

Hiring a Plumber

Often the best option for replacing the old water heater is to hire a professional plumber. The plumber will bring the replacement water heater to your home after they inspect the old one and determine what they need to do. If any of the plumbing needs adjusting, the plumber can make the required changes for you and install the new water heater for you. 

If you are changing from an electric water heater to a gas heater, you may need to also have an electrician come and change some of the wires to the water heater, and the gas company will need to install a new fuel line for you. The plumber can handle most of the installation, but most gas companies require the gas line to be connected and the water heater fired the first time by one of their employees.  

Tankless Water Heaters

Another option you may want to consider is a tankless water heater for your home. The system heats the water on demand, saving energy and helping lower the cost of operating the water heater. There are many different tankless systems that you can choose from, but you need to make sure that the tankless system you install is big enough to supply your entire home or ask your plumber about installing several tankless water heaters in the bathroom and kitchen.

The plumber can give you the information you need to make the best decision when the time comes to make the required changes.