Spring is just around the corner, and maybe you are thinking of upgrading your kitchen or bathroom with a remodel. A beautiful new space with shiny new appliances and gleaming counter tops is always fun to do. It is also important to think about choosing appliances and fixtures that can save you money, improve your home’s energy efficiency, and improve your carbon footprint. Additionally, some of these choices can even impact your tax bill as the IRS offers special deductions for all sorts of energy efficient appliances.
Remodel: Products that Can Save You Money
Bathroom, Kitchen Faucets, And Shower Heads
Replace or repair? You might think that repairing an older faucet or shower head is a bigger cost saving than replacing it with a new one, but the truth is that old faucet may be costing you more in ways you cannot always see. Saving water with a low flow shower head or faucet can save you a considerable amount of money each year in water bills and home heating bills. Not to mention new and shiny faucets or shower heads can make your bathroom look nicer and more expensive.
Look for labels on these products indicating they are part of the Environmental Protection Agencies voluntary WaterSense program. These products are at least 20% more efficient than federal standards. Do not worry because these modern shower heads and faucets provide excellent water pressure too.
Purchasing a low flow toilet that uses just 1.28 gallons per flush can save almost 16 thousand gallons of water per year. Imagine how much lower your water bills would be. A newer toilet will also make your house look more modern. There are so many different toilets that you can purchase nowadays, from a Dual Flush to a Smart Toilet. What does a Smart Toilet include? A Smart Toilet includes a self-cleaning wand, an automatic open and close lid, a heated seat, rear and front cleanse, a dryer, and a deodorizer. Imagine the compliments your guests will give when they visit your home and use the Smart Toilet.
High End Showers
High-end showers are all the rage in bathroom remodeling right now. This means larger than average showers with multiple shower heads. If you choose this route when remodeling your bathroom, remember that a larger shower pumping larger volumes of water may also require plumbing upgrades. This could mean a increasing the capacity of your pipes and drains. There are even smart showers that can reduce up to 50% of home water usage with a hassle free installation and user experience. Call a professional plumber like Jim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing to help you assess the situation and ensure that the bathroom of your dreams also has the proper plumbing and drain installed.
An upgraded kitchen or bathroom addition can mean that your current water heater is not large enough to support the new and increased water demands.
There are many things to consider when purchasing a new water heater. The increased demand may mean that you need a larger water heater. Is there existing space for a larger water heater? If not maybe you could consider a tank less water heater? These work by heating the water as it passes through a series of heated coils. This option may not work well if your water heater will regularly be brawn upon by more than one resource at a time.
Call A Professional to Install
Consider all of these things before purchasing new plumbing fixtures, and make sure you consult a professional plumber like the certified technicians at Jim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing. Our plumbers will give you qualified remodeling advice based on your specific needs. Since we are technicians and not salespeople you can rest assured knowing that the advice you are getting is unbiased and based on our over 100 years of experience providing outstanding plumbing, sewer, and drain services in the Puget Sound area. To book an appointment or ask any questions today call 206-633-1141.