Saving Money on Your Boiler Installation

Saving Money on Your Boiler Installation

Having a new boiler installed in your home doesn’t come cheap.  Modern boiler systems have a lot of complex electronics inside to make them run more efficiently but that has driven up the upfront costs.  They do save you money over the long haul by using less energy than older boilers but initial purchase and the installation can get pretty pricey.

Most of the time boilers are replaced during an emergency when you don’t have much of a choice.  There are ways that you can save money on the overall costs and here is how you can do it.

What Makes Boiler Installation Costs so Expensive?

There are several different factors that will drive up the costs of you boiler installation, here is a closer look at them.

Type of Boiler:  The boiler that you choose to put in your property is the biggest contributor to your upfront cost.  You can get boilers that use varying types of fuel and even within these categories the price will vary.  If you’re getting a boiler that uses oil there will be several different models to choose from all varying in price, the same holds true for boilers using natural gas.  Gas boilers also come in high efficiency models that are more expensive upfront but cheaper in the long run.  Here is a look at the different types of boilers.

How Big is Your Property:  This is going to have a direct impact on how much you are forced to spend on a new boiler.  Bigger houses need bigger boilers.  There are more radiators that need to be installed.  If you ever plan on adding on to your home in the future then you need a boiler that will accommodate your addition too.  You need a boiler than can adequately keep all of the rooms warm at the same time.

Existing Infrastructure:  Will the pipework that is in your home work with a new boiler system?  If you can get one that fits with what you already have in place it can save you a fortune.  The pipes will still need to be flushed out before your new boiler is installed.  However if you have a really old system then be prepared to have all the radiators, piping and possibly even the hot water tanks replaced as well.

There are tons of factors that can affect how much a new boiler can cost, you’re going to need to get a quote from a professional installation company to get an idea of the prices.  Get a couple of different quotes before you decide which company that you hire.

7 Tips for Keeping the Drains Clear

7 Tips for Keeping the Drains Clear

As a homeowner regular maintenance and the care of your home falls squarely on your shoulders.  There are few things less pleasant to deal with than plumbing issues.  The last thing you want to deal with are blocked drains, it’s pretty much that whatever is clogging your drains is going to be yucky to remove.  Calling in a plumber to deal with it is expensive, especially if it ends up being an emergency.  Ask any plumber and they will tell you that more than 90% of the time the blockage is caused by some everyday item being where it isn’t supposed to be.  In other words you can prevent blocked drains.

Here are 7 Tips for keeping the drains clear and the water flowing.

Toys:  Every plumber ever has had to go to a client’s house and remove a toy from a drain.  Young kids will try and flush toys or leave them where they don’t belong.  You need to teach your kids where they can put toys and where they can’t.

Toilet Paper: Toilet paper is supposed to break down…in theory.  But that isn’t always the case, the expensive toilet paper that is really soft breaks down very slowly and with enough of it you can end up with clogged pipes.  You can change brands and discuss with the household how much is too much.  Small children who have just been trained tend to overuse the toilet paper.

Feminine Hygiene Products:  These were never meant to be flushed at all, they are meant to go into the trash.  Have a sealed trash can in your bathroom so that no one using them feels self-conscious about putting them in the trash and they get disposed of appropriately.

Hair:  This doesn’t mean you are losing your hair, in fact everyone loses hair in the shower.  If they aren’t treated then you end up with greasy, disgusting hair balls in the bathtub drain.  You can buy hair traps that keep hair from going down the drain and there are plenty of products on the market that will remove hair clogs from your drain.  Once a week or so cleaning out your drain will help keep it clog free.

Kitchen Grease: Bacon grease and leftover cooking oil don’t belong in your drains so don’t dump them down the sink.  You can dump them into an old coffee can and then throw them in the garbage instead.

Food:  Kitchen drains get blocked all the time from food that goes down the drain that isn’t supposed to.  Scrape excess food off of plates into the garbage and not into the sink.

Paint: Paint was never ever supposed to go down your drains, and in most municipalities dumping it like that is illegal.  Contact the city and find out where you can dispose of old paint.