Which Type of Water Heater is Right For You?

Posted by HTP on Feb 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to choosing a water heater there are many factors to consider. Most likely you will need to make one quickly, but also want to make sure you are choosing a unit that is efficient and suitable for all your hot water needs. This can be a hard task and  HTP wouldn't want you to have to make such an important decision on your own. 

There are 4 major tank types when it comes to water heating. Let's break each down so your decision process can begin. Like we mentioned, there are a few factors that go into choosing which will be right for you, but here are some starting facts:

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Tank Type - Tank type water heaters store your heated water with a traditional tank (hence the not so subtle name). They are typically a bit more economical and can be purchased in either gas or electric models. They tend to vary in gallon capacities from 20 to 115 gallons and efficiencies and rebated range between models and fuel sources.

Tankless - This tends to be a popular style because of its ability to produce endless hot water. Tankless units heat your cold water instantaneously. They can require a large upfront investment but they can reduce energy consumption by as much as 30% providing savings in the long run. If you are low on space these units are ideal as well as they can be hung on walls and are compact.

Crossover - Crossover's combine the on-demand technology of a tankless water heater with minimal water storage. This unit creates hot water to maximize efficiency without waste or standby loss that could come with a large tank. It provides immediate hot water like a traditional tank without delay and easily adapts to building recirculation pumps.

Volume Water Heaters - These water heaters are used to provide large volumes of Domestic Hot Water typically for commercial applications like restaurants, hotels, apartment buildings, etc. They are also referred to as supply boilers.


Click through our website to learn more about each of the tank types and feel good about your decision once you've made it and have decided to go with HTP, of course.


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Topics: Water Heating, Tech Tips, About HTP, HTP Installations, FAQs, Combination Units

Efficiently Heating Your Home

Posted by HTP on Feb 21, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Winter is still here, unfortunately and keeping your home warm should still be a top priority as we head to round out the brutal winter season. At HTP your heating needs and providing them as efficiently as possible is at the top of our list.

Energy Star recently published an article on 5 hottest tips to keep you warm. One of the top tips is how to heat your home efficiently and we have found their suggestions super helpful. Once you've absorbed their help,  head over to our website and check out our tips on how to choose which space heater is right for you by clicking here.

To read the Energy Star article in its entirety please click here and check out the excerpt below:

In the average American household, almost half of the annual energy bill goes to heating and cooling – more than $900 a year. This season, fall into energy savings with heating tips from ENERGY STAR and enjoy lower energy bills, increased home comfort, and the warm feeling that comes from knowing you’re helping reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change, making a difference in the environment for your family and generations to come.

Maintaining your HVAC system can save you big on utility bills and comfort.

  • Check your furnace’s air filter once a month, especially during the heavy-use months of winter. A dirty filter slows air flow, making the system work harder which wastes energy. If it’s dirty, clean or replace it. At a minimum, clean or replace it every three months.
  • Sealing and insulating air ducts, especially those in your attic or crawlspace, helps keep the heat where you want it and can improve your HVAC system’s efficiency by as much as 10%.
  • Consider a yearly professional tune-up of your HVAC system.
  • If you need to replace your HVAC system, ask your contractor about ENERGY STAR certified units. And make sure that your new energy-efficient unit is properly installed for maximum savings.
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Topics: Water Heating, Tech Tips, Space Heating, About HTP

Energy Savings for Your Boiler

Posted by HTP on Mar 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Who doesn't love to save? Well, we do and especially when it means saving money. Because we feel its so important to save energy we have compiled a list of just a few ways you can save energy for your high efficiency boiler.

1. Set your thermostat down just 5 degrees in the winter. This can be particularly effective if you're away from home for longer than four hours at a time.

2. If you've chosen to go with a high efficiency boiler it most likely will have an electric ignition, and therefore eliminates the need for a constantly burning pilot light.

3. ENERGY STAR helps protect the enviornment with energy efficient practices and products. Products like ours with the ENERGY STAR label can reduce your energy bill by about one-third. Browse our site here for to see all of our ENERGY STAR rates products.

4. If you boiler is over 20 years old it may be time to replace it with a high efficient unit from HTP. You can click here to contact a professional contractor in your state and learn more about HTP's products.


There you have it, some short and sweet tips to save you money when that bill comes in. 

Thank us later!


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Topics: Tech Tips, Space Heating, About HTP

Maintaining Your Water Heater

Posted by HTP on Mar 3, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Maintaining your water heater can be a major factor in the number of years it stays working efficiently. A great way to maitain your unit is to drain it. While opinion may vary on how often you chose to drain your tank, you should try to always do it at least once a year.

Not sure how to get started on this? Below are step by step directions. Of course, if you don't feel comfortable doing this on your own it is never a bad idea to consult a professional before getting started or even to do the draining for you.

Shut off the water supply to your water heater

In most cases the water pipe and shut off valve will be located at the top of your unit. Turn the valve to shut off the water supply to the tank

Turn off the power to the water heater

If you have an electric water heater, turn off the power from the circuit breaker box. It is CRUCIAL to remember that if you fail to shut down the power to your electric water heater you risk burning the element out. If you have a gas water heater shut off the gas by turning the valve on the gas supply line that runs to the tank.

Give the water some time to cool off

Because this is a water HEATER the water is going to be extremely hot. To prevent any kind of injury it is best to let your water heater sit overnight to allow the water to become cool before your drain it.

Attach a hose to the drain valve

Once you have given your heater time to cool off place one end of the hose into a floor drain or outside if you find the hose will reach. Attach the other end of the hose onto the drain valve at the bottom of the water heater.

Turn on the hot water tap

Turn on a hot water tap at a sink that is closest to your water heater. This will help alleviate pressure.

Open the drain valve

Opening this valve will cause the water to begin flowing out of the tank. Draining the water can take up to 30 minutes but is dependent on how full and dirty the water heater is.

Turn the water back on to flush the tank with fresh, clean water

While the drain valve is still open, turn the water back on to eliminate and remaining sediment. Once the water is running clear you can turn the water valve off.

Refill the tank

Remove the hose from the drain valve and turn the water back on. Start refilling the tank. Leave a hot water tap/faucet open to allow all the air from the tank to leave the system. Once clean water rund out of the tap, the heater is full and flushed. Now is i full and you can turn the power to the water heater back on.


Happy draining!



source for DIY tank draining from :https://blog.allstate.com/tips-maintaining-water-heater/?pgv=c




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Topics: Water Heating, Tech Tips

Tech Tip: Do you have enough make-up air to support proper combustion?

Posted by Chris Bernier on Mar 9, 2015 1:24:00 PM

Combustion Problems? Do you have enough make-up air to support proper combustion?

Determining if a space is confined:

1. Find the total BTU being fired in the space in question.

2. Multiply that by 50. This will total the number of cubic feet of space that is needed to support combustion.

3. Find the volume of space in question using this formula: Length x Height x Width = Volume in cubic feet.

4. If the number from step 2 is larger than the number from step 3 the space is considered confined.

Verifying if a space is confined: Example: A 100,000 BTU gas fired boiler and a 50,000 BTU gas fired water heater are being installed in a room that is 30 feet long, 29 feet wide and has 8 foot high ceilings.

1. What you need: Find the total cubic feet of space needed to support combustion and ventilation.


Total Cu. Ft. = Total BTU Load x 50

Total Cu. Ft. = 140 x 50

Total Cu. Ft. = 7000 Cu. Ft.

2. What you have: Find the total cubic feet of space where the gas fired equipment is to be installed.


Cu. Ft. = Length x Width x Height

Cu. Ft. = 30’ x 29’ x 8’

Cu. Ft. = 6960 Cu. Ft.

3. Solution: The total cubic feet needed is greater than the total cubic feet available and the space is considered confined. 7000 Cu. Ft > 6960 Cu. Ft. Combustion air must be acquired from another space.

Methods of Getting Air

Here are some guidelines to help.

Sizing the opening for outside air (NFPA Interpretation)

One opening, within 12 inches of the ceiling, shall be installed to the outside of the building and must have 1 square inch of free air for every 3000 BTU’s fired in that space.

Example: A boiler room has a 50,000 BTU gas fired water heater and a 100,000 BTU gas fired boiler. How big must the free air space opening to the outside be?

Answer: The free air space must be 50 square inches or a 10 x 5 inch opening to the outside of the building. (100,000 BTU’s + 50,000 BTU’s = 150,000 BTU’s; 150,000 BTU’s/3000 BTU’s = 50 square inches)

Complications: The above formula for free air space does not account for grills or louvers made of wood, plastic or metal. Some grills/louvers have the total of free air space pertaining to that grill or louver. If no information is present, the following sizing percentages should be used: Wood/Plastic = 25% free area; Metal = 75% free area.

Louver Sizing Using Wood/Plastic:

A 10 x 10 inch unmarked wood or plastic louver has a total of 100 Sq. In. The percentage of free air is 25%. 100 Sq. In. x .25 = 25 Sq. In. Free Air This type would not work for the example given.

Louver Sizing Using Metal:

A 10 x 10 inch unmarked metal louver has a total of 100 Sq. In. The percentage of free air is 75%.

100 Sq. In. x .75 = 75 Sq. In. Free Air. This type would work for the example given.

Advantages of Direct Vent Water Heaters:

Unlike non-direct vent heaters, this type of water heater is connected directly to the outside by two pipes. This means the water heater uses outside air for combustion and not air used to heat or cool the building. Direct vent water heaters always have access to an adequate supply of combustion air and will never create negative air pressure or function inefficiently. Direct vent water heaters can be vented either horizontally or vertically offering more flexibility during installation.

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