Archive for February, 2015

Angieslist Super Service Award 2014 Awarded to Total Comfort

Total Comfort was awarded Angieslist Super Service Award for the 2nd year in a row.

“Only about 5 percent of the companies that Total Comfort competes with are able to earn our Super Service Award,” according to  Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angieslist 2014 Super Service AwardAngie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

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Water Heater Efficiency Standards are Changing

Water heating is responsible for the second highest energy cost in most homes today. Typically, 15%-20% of residential energy costs are associated with water heating while 50%-60% are associated with cooling and heating.

Under the provisions of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 (NAECA) new minimum standards go into effect for nearly all residential electric and gas water on April 16th. The most drastic changes will affect electric water heaters over 55 gallons in capacity.

The new minimum efficiency standards will require the use of new technologies and design that include additional insulation, new tank sizes, and advanced electronics. On the electric side, anything over 55 gallons will now require the use of heat pump water heating technology to meet the requirements.

The increase in efficiency will reduce operating costs, however, the new technologies required will add substantially to the initial cost. In addition to the increase in cost of the heater itself, these new water heaters will require more space because they will be taller and wider. The increased size will pose installation problems that will add to installation costs.

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