"Forget Everything You've Ever Read About Water Heating..."Written by John Williams
In recent times electric tankless hot water heaters are progressively making a name for themselves in United States as optimum water heater cost savers.
In addition in many areas outside of United States, electric tankless water heaters are considered to be far superior to standard and more traditional hot water heaters with tanks that take up entire closets and indeed soak up lots of dollars each month.
The tank units are seen as antiquated and entirely inefficient in both water heating mechanism and costs. Yet people stick with because they are tried and true.
In many ways, this belief is true. Hot water heater tanks never quite stop working and are generally fairly reliable. But there is one over riding issue with traditional water heaters which is that even if nothing in house is using heater, heater is still wasting energy and therefore still costing money. But despite what they have used in past and despite what they have paid for water heating in paste, people can actually change their heating and hot water rates if they install a tankless water heater.
Tankless water heaters are simply more efficient systems than tank units because they don't soak up energy when tank is not in use.
Concrete Cutting: Shedding Light On Your Basement RemodelWritten by Robert Short
Basements or cellars (depending on which part of country you are from) are primarily seen as dark and dingy parts of a home. In most cases they are considered a useless area or are used as a “catch all” for family discards that haven’t quite made it to curbside for trash pick up yet. Well, with skyrocketing prices of real estate these days and lack of any substantial property to use for an addition to our homes, basement, after years of being ignored and neglected, is finally being recognized as a useful, cost effective resource for adding more living space to our beloved homes.
Several factors that have to be considered before any serious basement renovations take place include ceiling height, stair pitch or steepness and emergency egress. All three of these requirements can differ considerably depending on where you live. You can call your local building department and they can tell you these requirements. As for what emergency egress is, it is basically an emergency escape. A door of at least 30” wide in most areas is considered a very safe egress but a window has to be a certain size and a minimum distance from floor in order to be considered safe. Believe it or not, way safe size and height of a basement window is calculated is by determining how easily an overweight elderly person (considered worst case scenario) can open and climb out of in case of a fire or another emergency. In reality, these building codes were put in place because no one is going to get out of one of those old metal framed 18” X 30” pull in basement windows very easily (especially an overweight elderly person) and they would probably die trying in unfortunate event of a fire.
Most local building codes require both a door and a window egress in order for basement to be considered safe enough for a living area. In many cases building codes require an emergency egress be placed in every bedroom in a basement as well. If you are in habit of doing home remodeling or repairs without proper building permits, it is very important for you and your family’s safety that you find out what code is in your area and adhere to it.