Choosing the right type of hot water system for your home can be a difficult task. We often don’t get the chance to consider all of our options when choosing a replacement hot water system.
We have explained the considerations below to help you choose the right option for your home.
Heating method – electric, gas, solar or heat pump?
An electric hot water system is a cheaper unit to purchase, although can be more expensive option to run.. We recommend you consider your current electricity plan, the size of your household and the size of the system when considering your options.
If natural gas is connected to your home, this is a great option as gas rates are cheaper than electricity rates. Most gas systems have an energy efficiency star rating and in our experience can be serviced, repaired and replaced with ease.
A solar hot water system will require solar panels and storage tank larger than a gas or solar hot water tank to account for days with less sunlight. This type of system can be initially more expensive to purchase and install however, has a cheaper long term running cost.
A heat pump system is another energy efficient option alongside solar panels. By drawing in external air and compressing it to generate heat, a heat pump will heat the water storage tank. Like solar, a heat pump can be a more expensive option but has long term savings.
What is your usage?
Four important questions to ask yourself when considering a new hot water unit include;
- How many people live in your home?
- Do you run the washing machine daily?
- How many times do you run the dishwasher?
- What is the usual duration and frequency of your shower?
How often do I need to get my hot water system serviced?
Like any appliance you use daily, we recommend annual servicing of your system to ensure it continues to work optimally and safely.
How much will a repair or replacement cost?
Repair or replacement costs will vary based on your current system. Contact us to discuss your needs and a no obligation quote.