Purchasing a hot water system may be something you will do only a handful of times in your life. But spending the time investigating and researching your options with a Sydney hot water plumber means having a system that will save you money, reduce your carbon footprint, and provide your household with the optimal amount of hot water.
Top hot water system considerations
When it comes to choosing the best hot water system for your home, three factors will need to be taken into account: your lifestyle, your location, and your budget.
1. The size of your household
The number of people in the home and when you consume hot water are critical factors when considering your Sydney hot water system options. For instance, if more than one person is showering at once, or if you run the washing machine, the dishwasher, and the bath at the same time, the system you would benefit most from would likely differ from that of a single individual who visits the local laundromat and seldom runs a load of dishes through the wash.
2. The location and availability of space
Depending on your location and the layout of your home, some systems may be too large or cumbersome to fit onto your property.
3. The cost
The initial cost of each system will differ, but don’t let that be your only guide. Consider the lifetime costs (i.e., operational, maintenance, and repair costs) as well, particularly if you are thinking about retrofitting or converting an existing unit.
Different types of hot water systems
There is a wide range of hot water systems available on the market, though the most popular are:
- Heat pump
Gas hot water systems
Gas hot water systems are available in two forms: natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), the more costly option. Natural gas is efficient and is more eco-friendly than other options (such as electric), though the installation of larger gas pipes may be required.
Electric hot water systems
Arguably, these systems are the most effective as 100% of the electrical energy is converted into heat. However, fluctuating and often increasing electrical costs can make this the most expensive heating option.
Heat pump hot water systems
Heat pump systems come in two forms:
1. Air source heat pumps (these are most effective in warm, humid climates)
2. CO2 heat pumps (similar to air source heat pumps but can be used in cooler areas)
The costs associated with running a heat pump may vary, which is why it is a good idea to speak with an accomplished Sydney hot water plumber at JEDI Plumbing to find the right heat pump for your budget.
Solar hot water systems
Solar hot water systems can provide as much of 90% of your hot water for free and without any greenhouse emissions, though most properties benefit from having a backup or “boosting” option, such as a gas or electric heater.
Traditional storage system or continuous flow?
Storage systems can operate on mains pressure or from a gravity feed (also known as a constant pressure tank). While the tanks are insulated, there is some degree of heat loss from the tank, the system’s fittings, and the pipes.
The benefit of having a continuous flow system (available only for gas or electric hot water systems) is that you will never run out of hot water. The water isn’t overheated and does not need to be tempered with cold water, which can help save energy and reduce any risk of burns.
Interested in learning more about your Sydney hot water system options? Speak to an experienced hot water plumber at JEDI Plumbing today and call 0411 774 381.