Making A Decision On Hot Water
Do Your Research First
There are some questions you need the answers to before you start looking at which system suits you best.
Find the answers to these questions before you begin:
- What is the maximum number of people showering on any given day?
- Do you have multiple bathrooms where people may be showering simultaneously?
- What times do you shower?
- What utilities (gas, electricity, solar) are already connected to your house?
- Do you want to reduce your energy bills?
- How important is the upfront price?
- Are you restricted with space?
Choose The Right System
Once you know the answers to the questions above then you need to use the information to evaluate the types of systems:
Solar Hot Water System: Gas Boosted
Solar hot water system use the sun’s energy to heat water and a gas continuous flow unit for a backup booster so you are never without hot water. Solar units are more environmentally friendly and you may even be eligible for government incentives.
Gas Continuous Flow Water Heater
These hot water units heat hot water as it is required, meaning you will never run out of hot water and no money is wasted heating water that isn’t used. Gas continuous flow hot water system are much smaller which means you can save valuable space.
Solar Hot Water System: Electric Boosted
Similar to the gas solar boosted but has an electric tank that will provide hot water if needed.
Heat Pump Hot Water System
Heat pump hot water system work best in warmer climates. They work by electricity pumping a refrigerant around the system, which transfers heat from the air to the water. They are more environmentally friendly than electric or gas systems.
Choose The Brand
Once you know which system you want then this will lead you in the right direction of which brand to choose. Some manufacturers specialise in certain types, like solar or heat pumps. Others have better warranties than their competitors. Research on the internet, ask you friends, family or neighbours, and most importantly speak to the experts – the plumbers that install, repair and replace hot water systems. Their advice is worth paying for.
Choose The Model
Referring back to your research, when you choose which model or size of hot water systems think about your usage habits. Tank size and flow rate all depend on how many people are showering. How long they shower for and if multiple showers are in use at the same time. The manufacturer and your plumber will be able to help you make a decision in this area as well so be sure to ask them.
Choose the Installer
When you are choosing the installer, make sure you are using a licensed tradesperson. Also look at whether they offer any types of warranties or guarantees on top of the manufacturer’s warranty, and if they are service agents for the brand of hot water system you have chosen. By evaluating these benefits, you have the reassurance that if something does go wrong you are going to get the best cover. Remember, the best value doesn’t always mean the cheapest solution.