You’ve been yearning for that nice and hot shower and you’ve heard a lot about the importance of a hot water system. But, how much do you really know about it?
When it comes to hot water, we are experts and before you break your bank account to get that hot water system, here are some answers to common FAQs about hot water systems.
#1. What System Is Best for You?
That’s the first question most people will ask. To reduce your confusion, there are many different variables out there and what may be best for somebody else may not be best for you. Factors such as family size, water consumption habits and budget can play a big role as well.
Generally, there are two main water-hating methods you can select from: tank and instantaneous water heaters.
Equipped with a large storage tank, this water heating system can range from 25 L up to 400 L. The system works when the hot tap is turned on and the hot water is released from the top of the tank.
Some types of tank systems include:
- Electric hot water tank
- Gas hot water tank
- Solar hot water tank
- Heat pump hot water tank
On the comfort side of things, a hot water tank can almost run an unlimited number of faucets, for example, three in the bathrooms and three in the kitchen. But, the problem is that it can run out of hot water very quickly.
Also known as an instantaneous or continuous flow water system, the tankless hot water system is a modernized hot water technology, which does not require any storage tank.
How does it work?
Simple: when the hot tap is turned on, the water is heated instantly and there you have hot water.
High energy efficiency is not the only reason why this hot water system is rising in popularity. Compared to any tank hot water system, it can provide unlimited hot water and has a long lifespan of usually 20 years. But, don’t forget that this is quite an expensive option.
#2. What Size of Hot Water System Will You Need?
Statistics show that an average Australian household can use around 40-50 litres of hot water per day.
Go for a too-small system and someone will end up missing that hot shower. A too-large one and you will be splurging on resources you don’t even use.
Here are some things that you should go through when you are considering installing a hot water system:
- The number of people living in the house
- The schedule of every person – how many take a shower in the morning, evening?
- How many are fans of long and hot baths?
- Is cold or hot water used for laundry?
- Dishes are washed by hand or by a dishwasher?
Here are some more useful tips:
- A 1-2 person household can easily adapt with a small storage tank (around 90 L), while a more than five person household can go for a large tank (200- 300 L range).
- If you’ve got two bathrooms in a house, go for the 22-24 L/minute flow rate.
- If you are still confused about your choices, always consult Asquith Plumbing first before engaging yourself in that hot water project.
#3. Is There a Resource-Efficient Water Heating System?
When it comes to refrigerators and some other appliances, the energy-star rating information provides an ultimate guide to make the right choice. However, there is no such labelling for water heating systems.
You could either ask your installer or do your own research.
#4. What Else Do You Need to Consider When Buying the Best Hot Water System?
Installation Costs, which varies depending on your situation. If you are simply replacing your current water tank with another one of the same capacity and in the same place, you won’t have to spend more than $800.
But, if you are placing the hot water service to another area in your house or on another property, the costs might go as high as $2500.
For personalized advice on which hot water system will work best for you, call Asquith Plumbing to speak with a highly qualified hot water specialist.