For many homeowners, upgrading your plumbing system can be a challenging decision to make. However, sometimes the benefits outweigh the cost, and knowing which projects are the best for your home is an essential component of being a homeowner. One Mission Viejo plumber has shared the most cost-efficient and eco-friendly ways to upgrade your home’s plumbing. Outlined are 5 upgrades that will save energy, conserve water, and protect the homeowner's plumbing system.
Invest in a low flow toilet and enjoy a lower water bill
With approximately forty percent of your home water consumption stemming from the toilet, many homeowners have opted to upgrade to a low flow toilet. With these modern models, homeowners can expect to reduce the amount of water needed to flush; therefore reducing their water costs.
A low flow toilet is designed in a similar way to a standard toilet. The main differences are apparent in the design. Generally speaking, a low flow toilet will have a bowl that is deeper in the front, has a centralized drain, and a larger valve.
Due to federal regulations, a residential or commercial toilet can not use more than 1.6 gallons of water to flush. A low flushing toilet uses an average of 4.8 liters less than a standard model. To take it a step further, many residents have opted for a pressure-assisted low flushing toilet. This eliminates the need for water in the tank as a pressurized mechanism is used to force waste down the drain.
Consider a whole house water filtration system for clean water at your fingertips
A growing concern for homeowners is the quality of their drinking water. Though the water that is dispersed through our water faucets is technically safe to drink, there can be minerals and other elements that make it distasteful. A more immediate concern, however; is the cost of bottled water in conjunction with water energy costs.
Whole house water filtration systems have been increasingly popular for many homeowners. There are several options to choose from that allows the resident to select a system that is right for their home and budget.
Carbon filtering (or charcoal water filtration) filters water through a bed of activated charcoal (carbon). When the water passes through the charcoal, chemical absorption is used to remove any contaminants from the water.
UV water filters act as a germicide when the water is filtered by the ultraviolet light. This effectively removes the harmful impurities that can be found in your tap water.
Reverse Osmosis is another popular option that uses pressure to filter the molecules in the water through a membrane.
Mechanical Water Filtration
Mechanical water filtration systems filter contaminants through either synthetic foam of nylon floss. Any harmful debris will be caught within the fibers of either the nylon or foam.
Install a tankless water heater for on-demand hot water
Upgrading bulky and energy-consuming water heaters have also become a popular option. Unlike their counterparts, tankless water heaters are designed to provide continuous hot water by heating up the incoming water on-demand, as opposed to retaining water and reheating it throughout the day. This, in effect, removes the need for a tank.
Tankless water heaters are especially efficient in homes that use less than 41 gallons of hot water per day. Within these smaller homes, research has shown tankless water heaters to be anywhere from 24 to 34% more cost-efficient.
Replace your old showerhead with a water-saving model
A smaller and less invasive upgrade option for homeowners is water-saving showerheads and faucets. With multiple designs and features to choose from, these new models can save a considerable amount on water energy costs.
Also known as a low flow showerhead or faucet, these models are able to provide the water pressure homeowners are used to, while conserving the amount of water used per shower, the amount of hot water per shower, and the amount of sewage that is going down the drain.
A standard shower uses anywhere from 15 to 35 gallons of water per shower, while a low flow showerhead uses as little as 12.5 gallons. Besides the immediate cost efficiency benefits, water-saving fixtures can have long term benefits by reducing the amount of groundwater pumping, less distribution pumping, and less water treatment.
Protect your pipes with insulation
Pipe Insulation is also an upgrade that can be done fairly easily and can have many added benefits - particularly for homes in colder regions. Insulating your pipes allows the homeowner to give their plumbing system an extra layer of protection from cold and damage.
When the weather is at its coldest, pipes, especially those in basements or attics, are in danger of freezing. When the temperature rises, the ice inside the pipes melt and the water expands; which can, in turn, cause your pipes to leak or burst.
A burst pipe can cause serious and costly damage in the home, including water damage, mold and mildew growth, and costly furnace/water heater repairs.
Many homeowners opt to have their pipes insulated to protect them from the freezing temperatures. Insulation on your pipes will also aid in conserving your hot water and can help prevent some of the normal wear and tear on your plumbing system.
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