Posts made in November, 2015

Traditional Vs. Tankless Water Heaters

When shopping for new hot water tanks, you will quickly discover that your choices are not limited to just a traditional water heater. Tankless water heaters are designed to provide your home with hot water without the need for a tank. To help you make the right choice for your home, it is important to understand the differences between each. 

Upfront Cost

There is a significant difference in the upfront cost of the water heaters. A traditional electric water heater starts at $400, while the starting cost for the tankless heater is $1,800. It is important to note that the cost of installation increases the upfront cost of the heater. 

Energy Efficiency

Even though a traditional water heater is less expensive than a tankless heater, it can cost more to operate it over a period of time than the tankless. Tankless water heaters operate by heating water as you need it, which means there is no need to keep a tank of water in reserve heated. 

By contrast, a traditional water heater holds gallons of water in reserve and energy is constantly needed to keep the water heated. As a result, your energy bills can be higher. Over the long run, the cost of the tankless water heater can be recouped through energy bill savings. 

Lifespan

Regardless of whether you select a gas or electric water heater, the unit usually lasts between 10 to 15 years. Most of the parts are irreplaceable, so if it requires repair, it is likely that the heater will need to be replaced completely. 

A tankless water heater has a life expectancy that extends to more than 20 years. Unlike the traditional heater, the tankless heater has parts that are removable, which makes it easier to perform repairs. 

Storage

One of the main advantages to having a tankless water heater is that it does not take up much space and can be easily installed in small spaces. It can even be installed outside on the wall. 

The traditional water heater requires a dedicated space within your home. It cannot be installed outside of the home. You also have to be careful about the placement because if the tank starts to leak, the hot water within can be dangerous to people. 

If you are still unsure whether a tankless or traditional water heater is best for you, consult with a retailer or plumber. You can learn additional differences of each type of heater so you can make the decision that is best for your home. 

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Easily Update Your Kitchen Cabinets to Make Your Kitchen Appear More Spacious

If you have a small kitchen that feels cramped but do not have a ton of money to remodel it, consider updating the look of the kitchen on your own. The following guide walks you through a simple way to make your kitchen look bigger than it is by making a few simple changes to the kitchen cabinets.

Remove the Doors

The first thing you want to do is remove all of the doors on the kitchen cabinets that hang above your countertops. The cabinet doors can make the space look very tiny, and once you remove them, the room will instantly open up. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the cabinet doors to the cabinets. Make sure that you also use the screwdriver to remove the hinges that are mounted on the cabinets.

Fill the Holes

Next, there will be holes where the hinges were screwed into the sides of the cabinets. Without the cabinet doors, everyone will be able to see right into your cabinets, so you need to fill the holes so that they are not noticeable. Use a small paintbrush to carefully fill the holes with wood filler to hide them from sight. You will then need to use a piece of sandpaper to lightly sand the areas so that they are smooth and level with the rest of the cabinets.

Paint the Interior of the Cabinets

Next, you want to paint the interior of the cabinets a light paint color. You want to be sure that the color is eye catching and unique. Use a paintbrush to paint every inch of the interior of the cabinets. Allow the paint to dry fully before you continue.

Paint the Exterior of the Cabinets

Next, you want to paint the exterior of the cabinets with a light-colored acrylic paint. Light cabinets make a room feel bigger than it really is. White, ivory, or even a light grey color can make your kitchen look bigger. Be sure that you use a primer on the cabinets first to ensure that the paint sticks well to the surface. Allow the primer to dry overnight and then add the actual paint color you want to use.

Once you have finished painting and the paint has had a few days to dry, you can place your plates and glasses back into the cabinets. You should instantly notice a difference in the way the space looks. Contact a representative from a company like Stone Forest Kitchen & Bath Center for further ideas.

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