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Choosing The Right Type Of Hot Water System

Hot water systems are a vital part of almost every home in Australia. Making a decision on the right type of hot water system that your home needs can be challenging. This is because the choice you make can have a significant impact on your finances long-term, as well as how often you can take a shower. 

In Australia, water heating makes up for almost a quarter of the energy a household uses, with about 48% coming from natural sources. Thus, it is important to choose an optimum variety, that will not only save you a lot of money in monthly energy bills, but is also environmentally friendly.

So, in this article, we will take a look at how to choose the right type of hot water system.

The Pros And Cons Of Different Hot Water Systems

When choosing a hot water system for your home, you need to decide on a preferred heating method, as they are available in various types – solar, gas, heat, and electric pumps. Let’s consider some of the key pros and cons of each.

Electric Hot Water System

The electric heating system is the least preferred type as it usually comes with substantial greenhouse emissions and high expenses in the long run, albeit it is less expensive to buy and set up. Another disadvantage with this system is the fact that the Australian government has passed legislation to ban these less efficient systems and gradually phase them out. However, this setup comes with a storage tank that is heated by electricity. This tank is readily available on the market and can cost less to set up.

Solar Hot Water System

Unlike the electric hot water system, the solar option is widely considered the most environmentally friendly water system, and for good reasons too. Although they may be quite expensive to purchase and setup, they will actually save you a lot of money on your energy bills in the long run, as they are considered the most effective long-term option in terms of returns on investment.

As mentioned earlier, the solar hot water system is also the ideal option for those who are environmentally conscious (and, of course, can afford the setup), as it has one of the lowest impacts on the environment. However, to be able to get the best out of it, you need to install the panels in an ideal location. That is a location with a generous supply of direct sunlight. 

Gas Hot Water Systems

Gas water systems are the best if you do not have the wallet to opt for the solar hot water system, don’t live in a sunny location, do not have access to an ideal roof position, or do not even have enough roof space. This system can also be very beneficial for larger households with a bigger demand for hot water throughout the day. Gas hot water system can be fuelled from two sources – LPG or natural gas. 

Because most homes in Australia have access to gas and properly-made gas piping facilities, the gas hot water system seems to be the most preferred choice by many, beating the solar option because of the latter’s setup cost.

But are there any cons? Yup! It comes with the possibility of spending a lot of money buying cylinders in the long run. Also, homes without piping connections will have to pay extra to install the needed connections or stick with LPG systems.

Heat Pump

The pump offers a more viable option to the standard electric system. Plus, it is also a more efficient system as it works by drawing in natural heat from the surrounding air. This means that it requires very little electricity to run. And due to the mechanisms employed in running this system, it performs much better in hot areas. 

However, contrary to what its name suggests, this system does not operate by pumping heat. Instead, it moves and releases heat from one location to another. This places homes in colder regions at a disadvantage, as they will require a backup source of heat, such as a boiler, an electrical resistance heating, or even a furnace – and this comes with extra costs.

Household Size And Water Usage

The size of your household and the water usage demands it comes with should determine the type of hot water system to go in for. Plus, you also need to consider the entire cost involved, from installation to upkeep. 

The average large user uses about 115 litres each day, per person – when combined with other factors such as spending a lot of time in the shower or using the dishwasher often. You can seek the services of Frankston plumbing experts to analyse your home and recommend the ideal type and size of the system you need. The analysis will also consider the number of people in your home as well as how often you will need hot water for various purposes.

As we mentioned earlier, a solar-based hot water system is ideal for larger households, as they are more energy-efficient. For smaller families (families of one or two), an electric or gas system that offers continuous supply is recommended. And for medium-sized families (three or four members), a gas system or heat pump that provides continuous flow is recommended.

Which is Better? Continuous Flow v/s Storage

You will have to decide which is a better option for you before purchasing your hot water system. Both come with their own pros and cons. However, the main difference lies in the kind of homes they will be used in and how they can be utilised. 

The storage hot water system will enable you to store hot water prior to using it, which can be very practical for families with many members and high demand for hot water.

The continuous flow water system offers instantaneous flow and is capable of pumping as much water as you may need. It is usually cheaper to run, as there is very little loss of heat.

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