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Save On Your Hot Water Supply with Tankless Water Heaters

Darren Kincaid - Monday, July 27, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating

Tankless water heaters, commonly known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, provide hot water only when needed. In this type of water heater, there are no standby energy losses which helps you lower your energy consumption.

Demand-type water heater lets you heat water directly minus the need for a storage tank. When you switch on the hot water tap, the cold water moves through a pipe towards the unit. The water is heated by a gas burner or an electrical component. Consequently, it delivers a continuous stream of hot water without the need to wait for the storage tank to fill up enough hot water.

Tankless water heaters can deliver hot water at 7.6–15.2 liters per minute rate. However, if there's a large demand for supply, it is highly recommended to install two or more tankless water heaters, installed in a parallel connection for a constant supply of hot water. Separate tankless water heaters can also be installed for appliances that require a large amount of water in your home.

If you need professional plumbers to install a tankless water heater for your home, contact Central Plumbing and Heating. We specialize in tankless and high-efficiency water heaters. We service all brands, makes, and models of a water heater. All of our work is fully guaranteed and all systems themselves are covered via full warranties.

Environmentally Friendly Plumbing Solutions

Darren Kincaid - Friday, May 29, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

It is important to ensure that your plumbing system is energy efficient that will help tremendously in reducing energy costs and reducing your carbon footprint. The best place to start is in your home. There are many environmentally friendly plumbing solutions in your home that with the right plumbing structure and with proper pipes of the right material will improve water the pressure that automatically minimizes leakage and waste. However, it is good to know that there are many ways that will be beneficial to you and your family as well.

There are plumbing solutions that help reduces the amount of energy you use as well. Like using more efficient water heaters, tankless water heaters and insulating pipes are all ways of doing this. The resulting savings in energy usage will benefit the environment and your bank account. Also, pipe insulators give the highest potential to reduce heat loss. If the plumbing structure has insulation to keep the heat in, your home uses less energy to heat the water hence insulating your pipes is very effective. Further, using the right faucet accessories such as aerators are high-performing, water-efficient fixtures that will help save water, energy and money. Ensure that every product for plumbing used will meet the criteria for efficiency and performance on saving water and still provides adequate flow.

With the right plumbing solution, it will help homeowners reduce energy consumption, save water, and create a healthier home. This final benefit is as important for your family’s health and that of the environment. By filtering the water coming into your home, you get healthier drinking water, eliminate the toxins in the water you bathe in, extend the life of the clothes you wash, and protect the environment by reducing the toxicity of the wastewater that leaves your home through your drains. Lastly, reducing water usage is not just good for the environment, it helps save you money on your water bill too.

For more tips on plumbing, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Professional Plumbers Provide Customer with Quality Craftmanship

Darren Kincaid - Friday, May 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Plumbing requires extensive training and focus in order to properly protect one’s home. Many residents have learned the hard way that self-helping plumbing issues end of in a costly disaster. What may seem like a minor problem can graduate to a major problem in no time at all.

Trusting the professional plumbing team here at Chesapeake’s Central Plumbing and Heating gives an enormous advantage since we provide a detailed and thorough diagnostic analysis that includes an explanation of all the fixtures and hidden pipes. This service is greatly beneficial to help the residents in determining the cause of any problem they will encounter later. A qualified plumber will maintain this report in their records and refer to them whenever they are contacted for any repair. All plumbing problems need an expert to work on them as the water system lines are complexly arranged. Like a leaky pipeline, for example, a professional plumber will not only help homeowners save the time and efforts they will need to put into these repairs but also give the most efficient maintenance.

Moreover, it is recommended to hire an expert for all your plumbing issues as they will be able to work around the delicately installed pipelines and faucets ensuring no structural damage. You are assured that these problems are fixed to last for the longest duration and do not appear again after a few days. A plumber will also guide you if you have a deteriorating water pipes network that needs replacement such recommendations to save you from sudden malfunctions and extra costs. It is because plumbers are always updated with the latest parts and products in the market as such they will help you in finding the most advanced fixtures to relieve you from any plumbing issues in the near future.

For more tips on plumbing services, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Furnace System Performing at Its Best

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, February 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

This blog post is offered as a public service to remind all of you that your HVAC system needs regular and recurring maintenance to prolong the life and the performance of your systems. We know for a fact that HVAC systems are the most neglected of the homeowner’s major support systems. We hope that you wisely turn to the professionals like us here at Central Plumbing and Heating to guarantee that you secure proper maintenance and maximize the lifespan of your systems. But if you choose to go it alone, the following are furnace maintenance tips that will help you maximize the performance of your heating system throughout winter.

1. Hire a professional tune-up - Again, always your best choice. Schedule a professional tune-up bi-annually. Certified technicians will check the unit for any operational issues and will carry out the upkeep procedure such as cleaning in order to prevent it from malfunctioning in the future, improve its efficiency and ensure that the system is operating safely.

2. Clean the Filters Regularly - A dirty filter is a usual cause of issues and efficiency problems.

The filter must be checked, cleaned or changed monthly.

3. Test the CO detectors - CO detector serves as a warning device that detects a carbon monoxide leak which can be life-threatening. CO detectors must be tested to ensure they are working properly. Also, make sure that the batteries are new during the heating season.

4. Let air registers breathe - The furnace may find it difficult to heat your home evenly when any of the air registers are blocked off. Make sure they are open and remove any obstructions.

5. Inspect the pilot light in older furnaces - Make sure an older furnace with a pilot light is burning bright blue. In case you notice a different color, it indicates inefficient burning and you may need to contact your trusted HVAC technician to check the issue.

6. Outdoor exhaust pipes must be blocked - Gas furnaces that are highly efficient have exhaust pipes that lead outside the home and close the ground. In order to ensure it operates safely and efficiently, make sure pipes are not blocked.

7. Keep the area around the system clear - Clear the area around the furnace so it is easy to access during inspection, maintenance or repairs.

For more furnace maintenance tips, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Premiere Plumbing Services

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Water within your home in spaces where it is not supposed to be is a real threat. You must deal with the issue as soon as possible as the extent and cost of repair will only increase with time. Turn to Chesapeake’s plumbing experts to get things done right for you. We’ll be there to ensure that you receive guaranteed affordable solutions to your problem.

Call your plumber as soon as you discover water damage emerging from an undefined source. There are situations that require immediate attention from a plumber like the following:

  1. Water Leak – The main cause would be burst pipe that caused water damage such water is leaking.
  2. Leaking roof – will surely bring damage to your property. As such you have to attend to the issues immediately. A roof leak repair depends on whether it is a simple leakage or a leakage of major extent.
  3. Blocked drains - The main causes behind a choked drain are foreign particles. Baby napkins, stacks of toilet paper, cotton balls, etc will cause blockages. Food items, cooking fats and debris of such types leave a residue on the inside of the pipes making it hard for water to flow through the pipe easily. The best way of preventing blocked drains is to make sure that non-biodegradable objects are disposed carefully.
  4. Extreme hot water - If the water coming out of your shower head is hot enough to cause a burn, this is due to the water heater has over-heated. It is better to call a technician to assess the situation at the soonest possible.

The above common scenarios inside your household will help save your home and get you in the right mindset to handle an emergency repair. Nothing beats being prepared to successfully resolve any plumbing problem. Reduce as much damage as possible by calling the trained plumbing experts right away.

For more tips on plumbing services, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Upgrading HVAC Systems Help Lower Energy Cost

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, October 31, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Summer and winter in Chesapeake can be extreme. Homes cannot be without heating and cooling. If you observe that your energy bill crawling up further each year, this means an HVAC system replacement is inevitable. The good news there, however, upgrading your HVAC system presents long term savings.

As HVAC systems become outdated their energy efficiency decreases. Modern HVAC units are engineered to be more efficient in energy. It's recommended to opt for HVAC appliances with Energy Star label and consider its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It should be 14 and beyond. The higher the SEER of the unit, the more energy efficient it is. It can help lower energy consumption by 20% and significantly minimize annual energy cost.

Expect an obsolete HVAC system to break down frequently. Regular HVAC repairs are necessary to keep them working. But this also means constant expenditure. Old HVAC appliances will come to a point where they are no longer worthy spending for. Consider the inconvenience of having no heating or cooling while it is being repaired. Purchasing a new and reliable HVAC system will allow you to save money and hassle over time.

Quit settling with an inefficient HVAC unit. If your heating and cooling system is already very obsolete, updating the HVAC system will help you lower down your energy cost. The savings you get from the new HVAC system will offset the initial installation cost in the long run.

If you are thinking of updating your HVAC system, contact Central Plumbing and Heating. When it comes to HVAC manufactures (American Standard, Goodman, etc) we have direct working relationships with all of them. Our promise to you is to act as your agent, to research the most current technologies, efficiency ratings, rebates, and other factors that go into making the right choice of HVAC manufacturer for you and your family.

Home Heating Equipment Upgrades

Darren Kincaid - Monday, September 30, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Are you interested in saving money on home heating this winter? Good, because home heating can get expensive in the winter. Now is the time to replace your home heating system. While the tax credits for residential energy efficiency have expired, you can still save money and energy in your home by using products. Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR are independently certified to save energy, save money and protect the environment. Use up to 30% less energy in your home by outfitting with ENERGY STAR certified products available across more than 70 categories.

Call a plumber if you want to more efficiently heat your home this winter and for many winters to come. Replacing and upgrading your heating system will make your home more efficient this winter. Homeowners can install appliances that are designed to boost its energy efficiency. Energy Star products boast 30% less energy usage, and heat pumps that meet Energy Star guidelines qualify for the tax credit.

For more information, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Prepare Your Heat Pump Before Winter Arrives

Darren Kincaid - Monday, September 16, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

As the dog days gradually wrapping up and temperatures going down, you know you'll feel the chill soon. Don't wait for winter to take over before you start checking your heat pump's condition. Now is the perfect time to perform preventative measures that will ensure your heat pump to operate at maximum potential during the cold days.

Remove Unnecessary Items Around the Heat Pump

Clear this area from items like yard tools, leaves and other debris that may cause potential airflow problems. Move them away to allow maximum air flow and for it to run efficiently.

Filter Change

A dirty air filter can cause air flow obstruction through the HVAC system. This will cause the equipment to overwork and use up more energy. As a result, you will be charged more on your utility bill. Air filters are recommended to be cleaned every 1-6 months depending on the type of the filter and the amount of accumulated dirt.

Proper Use of Thermostat Settings

The thermostat has 3 settings namely: heat, cold and emergency heat. Always remember to turn your thermostat to heat mode and not the emergency heat mode, the first time you use the heat pump in fall. Emergency heat mode sources its heat from the furnace and is only intended when the heat pump is not working properly or iced up. Using the emergency heat mode will cost you more.

Schedule Annual Maintenance Earlier

Have a HVAC technician check your unit. Make sure to schedule its annual maintenance before the temperature drops. You will likely have a hard time booking an appointment if you wait until winter as it is one of the busiest time of the year for the HVAC industry. The annual maintenance will help your heat pump to perform more efficiently as it prevents malfunctions related to dirt buildup. This will also help extend the life span of your unit.

If you are looking for an HVAC expert to check you heat pump, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

HVAC Tune Ups Deliver Health and Economic Efficiency

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, February 28, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

As climate shifts to warmer weather, a regular and recurring household maintenance task is to prioritize indoor air quality. Issues including molds, bacteria, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds tend to increase during the warming months. These increases your family's risk to respiratory diseases. To improve indoor air quality, you must provide proper ventilation and clean source of air at your home.

This is the best time to schedule your spring AC tune-up. It is important that a certified technician perform your AC servicing.

You should be advised that dirty A/C filters can cause home air ducts to become dirty and clogged. More importantly, this promotes a favorable environment for molds and spores to propagate within the ductwork. Unwanted airborne particles like dust, pollen and pet hair can trap and accumulate in your filter. When not cleaned regularly, build-up of allergens such as fungi, pollen and bacteria in the air and may trigger respiratory ailments. Air conditioning filters must be cleaned and/or replaced for both health and system efficiency reasons. Dirty filters cause your HVAC equipment to work harder and use up to five percent more energy.

If you need certified technicians in Chesapeake, VA to perform A/C tune up and maintenance services, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Heating System Maintenance Means More Efficient Heating and Savings in Energy Costs

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Utility costs often spike during the winter. This is due to the non-stop use of heating equipment to keep homes comfortable. Electricity charges increase when homeowners have an inefficient heating system. Hence, heating system maintenance services are necessary to ensure your equipment is running efficiently throughout the entire winter.

Furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps are heating systems that require meticulous upkeep. HVAC specialist in Chesapeake, VA can perform proper cleaning, inspection, and repairs so your equipment will operate efficiently while extending its life span. Heating systems are prone to wear and tear due to continuous use. Thus, regular maintenance needs to be performed so repairs or replacements are done before issues get worse.

A defective heating system will work hard to compensate for the inefficiency of worn out components and as a result will consumes more energy which manifests in monthly utility bills. Eventually, your equipment get more worn out causing it to stop. Don't let your heating system break down when you need it the most. Contact Central Plumbing and Heating .


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