We all know of the importance of clean healthy water. It’s the earths most valuable commodity and one that without which life would not exist. Yet we so often take it for-granted, especially when it comes to our hot water. It’s not until we wake up to a cold shower that it suddenly becomes a priority.
If you are in the position of needing to make a decision on your hot water, chances are you need to make that decision sooner rather than later. We have put together a top 10 of what you need to consider before you decide, because the wrong decision could not only be a waste of money, but you could be wasting a valuable resource.
Top 10 questions when buying a new hot water system:
In the market for a new hot water service? Make sure you choose the right system for you with this top 10 list:
1. Shower power
What’s the maximum number of people showering at your place? What times do they shower? Is there a rush for the shower in the morning, in the evening, or is it a combination of the two?
2. Get Connected
What utilities (gas, electricity, solar) are connected to your house already? You could save money by switching.
Once you choose if you want gas, electric or solar, you still have a range of choices
Types of hot water systems available include:
• Storage vs Continuous flow vs Heat pump
• Flat panel solar vs Evacuated tubes
• High line solar vs Lo line solar
Some brands stand out for certain products more than others. Ask the experts and do your own research on which manufacturer is right for you.
5. Green Energy
Is the environment part of our consideration? Water heating is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions from the average Australian home so ensure you get advice on what has the least impact on the environment.
6. Question of cost
Consider upfront price vs long term savings. Prices vary greatly, so work out what your budget is and what is available within your range.
7. Tight fit
If you are restricted by space, there are options to choose from. See what is available and what will suit your space.
8. Worthwhile warranty
Consider your warranty. What do the manufacturers and installers offer should something go wrong? Does the installer offer workmanship guarantees?
9. Nothing like experience
Seek out a long standing reputable company to do your install and ensure they explain the options to suit your households needs.
10. Specialist advice
A new system is a costly investment, so take your time and ask a hot water specialist for their advice. It’s worth the extra cost for the right solution.
So if you’re in the middle of making a hot water decision, give the team at The Plumbing & Electrical Doctor a call: