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MetroWest Area Heating Question: What is a Hot Water Recirculation System?

Monday, January 21st, 2013

When you turn on your shower’s hot water faucet, you normally have to stand back and wait for the hot water from the water heater to arrive. This is just a normal part of life that most people expect to happen. However, that water you waste while you wait for the hot water to arrive can start to add up. With a hot water recirculation system, those days of waiting for the hot water to arrive are over. At Basnett, we provide comprehensive hot water recirculation system installation, repair and maintenance in the MetroWest area. We wanted to make our customers aware of this terrific product that can make their home more comfortable.

Types of Hot Water Recirculation Systems

There are two standard types of hot water recirculation systems. Here is a brief description of how each one works.

  • Demand system – This type of hot water recirculation system uses an electric pump to circulate hot water through your plumbing system. When you need hot water, a motion sensor near the faucet or a manual switch is activated to turn the pump on. While this system typically is the most efficient, it doesn’t always work as quickly as the other types of hot water recirculation systems.
  • Gravity system – Thermosiphoning is the process of heat moving. In a gravity hot water recirculation system, the water heater is installed below the plumbing. This way, hot water from it rises through the pipes and the cold, more dense water falls back to the water heater through a return line to be re-heated. This system offers simplicity when compared to the demand system. However, it is typically less efficient because it has to operate constantly.

If you’re tired of having to waste water while you wait for hot water in your home, call the plumbers at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We provide complete hot water recirculation system services in the MetroWest area.

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Littleton MA Plumbing Question: What is a Faucet Aerator?

Monday, October 29th, 2012

A tap aerator or faucet aerator is located on the tip of water faucets which are used indoors such as kitchen and bathroom sink faucets.  Their purpose is to spread the water stream into a number of smaller streams, in essence adding air to the water stream.  This saves the amount of water which comes out of the tap at one time while also reducing the amount of backsplash which occurs when the faucet is turned on.

Utilizing faucet aerators can be one of the most inexpensive ways to save money on water consumption and save energy with your Littleton MA home’s plumbing system.

There are two main types of faucet aerators, some which use metal or plastic screens to separate the water, and some which do not use screens. One advantage to those without screens is that they eliminate problematic clogging which occurs on screen aerators due to sediment buildup.  There are also aerators with off-valves and swivel aerators which allow users to direct flow to wherever the water spray is needed.

There are three main flow-types seen today. The needle method creates a circular pattern of small, single streams of water with no water-flow in the very center.  The aerated method created a tubular flow with air mixed into the water, creating a single stream of bubbly water.  The laminar method has no air mixed in which makes for a single stream of water with no bubbles.

Many aerators are designed as more economical low-flow aerators which optimize the water flow while still providing optimal water-flow performance.  In kitchens these low-flow options decrease flow from 2.2 gallons per minute to 1.5 gpm or 1.0 gpm, saving anywhere from 32% to 54% of water-usage.  On bathroom faucets the water-flow is decreased from 2.2 gpm to 1.0 gpm or even 0.5 gpm saving from 77% to 84% of water usage.  When engineered properly, low-flow or economic aerators can provide increased perceived water pressure while in actuality helping to save water.

When purchasing new faucet aerators, ensure that you find the proper type (male or female) and the proper size (regular or small).  There are dual-thread options for those who do not know whether a male or female aerator is necessary.  Also, look at the tap aerator’s price in conjunction with how much savings it can provide in water usage annually and see how little must be spent on each faucet in order to save hundreds of dollars.

For more information about how to improve your Littleton MA home’s plumbing, give Basnett Plumbing & Heating a call today!

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Littleton Air Conditioning Guide: When Should You Check Your AC Filters

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The filters on your Littleton air conditioning unit are vital for keeping out the dust and debris that make indoor air quality worse. And it’s important that you take personal responsibility for checking those filters. Sure, you have a Littleton AC professional visit your home once a year to check the air conditioning, but you should also check the system yourself on a semi-regular basis for possible filter degradation.

Monthly Checks

So, how often should you check? Think of it this way. There is no such thing as checking too much, but you can easily not check often enough. So, we recommend checking your filter at least once every 4 weeks. It may not always need to be changed during that four week checkup (sometimes it can last 6 weeks or longer), but it’s good to take a peek.

Why is this so important? Because filters that haven’t been checked and changed as needed have a habit of building up excess sediment and debris. Not a problem when it comes to actually working, but a huge problem when it comes to your energy bill. The harder a system has to work to keep you house cool, the more energy it draws and the more you pay to have cool air in your home. And it will break down much faster as a result of overwork and dirty filters.

Changing an AC Filter

If your filter is ready for a swap, here are some quick tips to get the job done:

  • Find Your Filters – If you don’t know where your filters are, ask your contractor on the next visit or look near the return grills by the thermostat.
  • Remove the Filters – Open the latches and pull the old filter out to check it. You should be able to see clearly if a permanent filter is dirty and a disposable one should still be white. If this isn’t the case, it’s time for a cleaning/replacement.
  • Clean the Area – Clear the grill and area of any debris and sediment that might make the filter worse after replacement.

Proper filter maintenance only takes five minutes and it will save you money every month you run your Littleton AC – not a bad deal for a few minutes’ work. If you are not sure how to change your air filters or you would rather have a professional take care of the job, give Basnett Plumbing & Heating a call today!

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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in HVAC Technology

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Be sure to bookmark the Basnett Plumbing & Heating blog for updates on the latest advances in Plumbing and HVAC technology.

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Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating for all your plumbing, heating, air conditioning, water heater and indoor air quality needs.

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Welcome to Our New Website

Friday, October 14th, 2011

iMarket Solutions has launched Basnett Plumbing & Heating’s new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit:

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