Choosing the right hot water system for your household
Heating hot water is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions for an Australian home.
It accounts for approximately 21% of household energy consumption and around 23% of greenhouse gases produce. By putting some thought into which hot water system is most suitable for your household, you can save a lot of money and significantly lower your household energy consumption! There isn’t a one-size fits all answer when it comes to hot water systems, there are a number of different options that may or may not suit your households needs.
Considerations when choosing a hot water system:
- How many people are in the household
- How much hot water do you use (e.g. do you use hot water for laundry and the dishwasher or just showering?)
- What time of day do you use hot water the most
- How energy efficient you want to be
Options for your hot water consist of:
First you need to consider the heating method:
- Gas – If you do have a natural gas connection, this is gas hot water systems are generally cheaper than electric ones. If you don’t, Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is an option but this is considerably more expensive.
- Electric – An electric tank system is relatively cheap to install but can be the most expensive to run.
- Solar – Solar is more expensive option to install but extremely efficient in the long run.
- Heat Pump – A more efficient form of an electric storage tank, generally more suited to warmer climates as heat is extracted from the air to heat water.
You then need to determine whether a storage tank or instantaneous system (continuous flow) is more suitable.
- Storage tanks are generally used with electric, gas, solar and heat pump systems.
- Instantaneous systems are often cheaper to run as it only heats as much water as and when you need. Most systems run on gas although they can run on electric.
Which system is right for your household?
Choosing the right hot water system takes some serious consideration. A hot water system supplier such as AMS Plumbing Gold Coast will be able to analyse your home usage and recommend the best options for you. They are capable of servicing, installing, relocating and repairing all brands of hot water systems and services. References: https://www.choice.com.au/home-improvement/water/hot-water-systems/buying-guides/hot-water-systems http://www.yourhome.gov.au/energy/hot-water-service