When your hot water system stops working without a warning, you don’t have the luxury of taking your time to shop around to find the right thing and it can be difficult to know exactly what to look for without the right information. Here are some factors to consider when selecting the right system for your home.
As a rule, there are 4 options to choose from when purchasing your next hot water system. Electric, gas, solar and heat pump. Electrically heated HWS’s can be installed both indoors or outdoors and are usually cheap to install but can be the most expensive to run.
Gas systems are typically installed outdoors, are cheaper to run than electric systems and have good energy efficiency ratings. Solar systems are a great long-term investment but can be pricey to install.
Heat pump systems are a much more efficient electronic storage tank system and work in a similar way to fridges and air conditioners by extracting heat from the air and using it to heat the water. They need to be installed in well-ventilated areas, outdoors is ideal and there are government rebates and other incentives available to lower their costs.
The next thing you will need to consider is whether to use a storage tank or a continuous flow system. This is the difference between keeping the water in a heated tank or heating it only as needed. Consider how many people are in your home as this may play into your decision. Tank systems run the risk of ‘running out of hot water’, while instantaneous heating does not.
Whichever system you decide, always check for energy and water efficiency ratings because efficient systems will always save you money in the long run.
For professional, affordable hot water service installations, contact the licensed plumbers at C.S Crown Plumbing today.