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Some Simple Tips to Help You Conserve Water and Save Money

Some Simple Tips to Help You Conserve Water and Save MoneyIt’s so easy to take clean and ample water for granted, but unfortunately, safe, fresh supplies aren’t guaranteed. When you conserve water, not only do you protect this valuable resource, you also lower your water and sewer bills.

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Water Filtration Systems: Here is What You Need to Know

Water Filtration Systems: Here is What You Need to KnowPoor water quality can cause a host of problems, including an unpleasant odor and taste, mineral scale buildup, excessive sediment accumulations, or bacterial or viral contamination. Whole-home water filtration systems can address these types of issues using three methods: a filter medium, UV light or a chemical process.

Advantages of Installing a Whole-Home Water Filtration System

With a whole-home filtration system, you’ll benefit from an improvement in water quality at every fixture, faucet and water-using appliance. That’s because the system is installed right where the water supply enters your home, so it’s treated before it’s distributed. There are systems available to solve specific water quality issues, so you’ll want to have your water tested as a first step. Then, talk about the available options with a licensed plumber, who may advise installing:

  • A water softener that uses ion exchange to reduce hardness.
  • A system that uses reverse osmosis to clear out sediment.
  • A UV-light to zap bacteria, viruses and other biological contaminants.
  • An oxidizing or activated-carbon filter system to improve taste and eliminate odors.

If your water test results reveal multiple issues, your plumber may recommend a multi-stage system that uses a combination of the above methods. With the correct system in place, you’ll enjoy other benefits too, such as:

  • Better tasting, healthier water. If your filtration system removes chlorine and other chemicals, you’ll have better tasting water that doesn’t smell bad. A UV-light system that kills harmful biological contaminants can give you safer water for drinking and showering.
  • Less wear on your plumbing system and appliances. A system that gets rid of minerals that form scale in appliances like your washing machine, water heater and dishwasher can help they last longer, and protect your plumbing system against premature deterioration too.
  • Safe, clean water when municipal supply problems occur. When you have a whole-home water filtration system, you won’t have to worry in the event of a broken water main or contamination in the municipal supply.

To learn more about having a water filtration system installed in your Grand Traverse County home, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water filtration systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.

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Installing Water-Efficient Plumbing Fixtures Can Save You Money

Installing Water-Efficient Plumbing Fixtures Can Save You MoneySaving money on your monthly water expenses starts with water conservation, and the best way to conserve this limited resource is with water-efficient plumbing fixtures. The following is a short list of fixtures and systems you can install to help you reduce your water usage and save money on your utility bills.

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Discover How Turning Down Your Water Heater Temperature Can Save Money

Discover How Turning Down Your Water Heater Temperature Can Save MoneyDo you often wonder why your energy bills are so high? The A/C and furnace are not the only appliances to blame. The water heater accounts for 15 to 25 percent of the energy usage in the typical home. One of the simplest and quickest ways to save money on your energy bill is to turn back the water heater temperature. Here’s why:

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Choosing the Best Water Filtration System for Your Michigan Home

Choosing the Best Water Filtration System for Your Michigan HomeIf your household water supply meets local quality standards but not yours, a water filtration system may be the best way to close that gap. In general, water supplied by municipalities in the United States complies with accepted health standards and other requirements. However, in many cases those measures of water quality are based on minimum criteria, not optimum goals. To take water quality to a higher level, you need enhanced filtration above and beyond the status quo provided by your municipal water supplier.

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Find a Pro to Enhance Your Home’s Water Supply

Find a Pro to Enhance Your Home's Water SupplyBad tap water can ruin your day, whether you’re in the shower or are trying to finish your laundry. Your home’s water supply may be foul tasting, foul smelling or problematic for a number of reasons. If you suffer from any of the five causes of poor water quality listed below, read on to learn how you can improve your home’s water supply.

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Water Issues? Reverse Osmosis System Might Be the Answer

Water Issues? Reverse Osmosis System Might Be the AnswerHomeowners in Grand Traverse County know what hard water is: rich in minerals, often metallic to the taste. In locations where your water is extremely bad, a reverse osmosis system may be worth the investment of time and money to make your home’s water fresh, safe and appealing.

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Water Damage Prevention — Easy Steps to Stay Above Water

Water Damage Prevention -- Easy Steps to Stay Above WaterWater damage is something that concerns all Traverse City homeowners — and it isn’t something that happens just because of excessive rainfall. Water damage prevention should begin with an inspection of your HVAC system. Your heating and cooling system can be the source of serious water damage that can damage your home’s building materials and your personal belongings, leading up to costly and unwarranted repairs and replacements. The following are some steps to stay ahead of watery issues:

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5 Ways to Save Water in Your Traverse City Home

5 Ways to Save Water in Your Traverse City HomeWater conservation is an essential and popular practice many Traverse City homeowners are implementing to save money. Measures to enact saving water are important not only where water is scarce, but even in places like Michigan where the resource can seem in complete abundance. Saving water can help reduce your home utility bills, help prevent pollution, and promote a healthier environment. The following are some of the easiest ways to save water in your Traverse City neighborhood.

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A 5-Step Approach to Lower Water Bills

A 5-Step Approach to Lower Water BillsAs the weather heats up throughout the summer, our water consumption increases. For many homeowners, the costs can be downright staggering, but the good news is that there are easy ways to lower water bills in your home.

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