What’s the difference between a boiler and a water heater?
A water heater typically is a large tank that stores water in the basement, garage, or other areas of your home. It uses gas or electricity to heat the water and keep it at the proper temperature. These units are outdated. In many areas gas-powered water heaters are being phased out and replaced by electric powered units.
A boiler is a complex appliance that can rapidly heat water. Where older models are energy hungry, noisy, and lacked efficiency, modern boilers are sophisticated, more efficient, and feature cutting-edge technology. Flow Masters Plumbing is one of the few Bay Area plumbing contractors to specialize in the installation and maintenance of this type of advanced equipment.
What is a heat pump?
Hydronic (air to water) heat pumps are the future of home heating and cooling. Heat pumps are alternatives to forced-air furnaces and air conditioners that are affordable, environmentally friendly, and efficient. You can save money on monthly utility bills while also enjoying a more comfortable home. Hydronic heat pumps will draw heat energy from the outdoors and use it to heat water before sending the warm water through tubing in the ceilings or walls. The Bay Area has the perfect climate to get the most efficiency from a heat pump. With the latest innovations, the right system can both heat and cool your home plus help with the domestic hot water demands.
What are the benefits of radiant heating?
Comfort, convenience, clean, and green. Radiant heating is more energy efficient than forced air or baseboard heat. No ductwork means that dust and other allergens won’t circulate via air vents in your house, bringing relief to allergy sufferers. But perhaps the best part is radiant heating means warm floors and warm feet, 24/7.
Is radiant or hydronic cooling the same as air conditioning?
No. Radiant cooling is quiet, dust-free, and energy efficient. Unlike air conditioners, radiant cooling systems pump water through a system of tubing in the ceilings or walls instead of using fans, so you won’t feel cold air blowing on you. Room temperatures stay consistently cool and comfortable. The comfort level you will feel is unmatched. This same system can be reversed to also heat your home. This is all achieved by the use of a hydronic (air to water) heat pump.
How often should backflow testing be done?
In most counties yearly testing is mandatory. Typically the city or county sends a notification to remind property owners when to have the test performed. Schedule your yearly inspection with Flow Masters Plumbing to remain compliant.
What if I have a plumbing emergency at night or on a weekend?
No worries! If it can’t wait for the next morning or Monday, call us and we will dispatch a technician to your home. Weekend and evening rates are a little higher than regular daytime rates.