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There are so many options when it comes to the constant heating of water for your home. If your current system isn't working, and you are looking for a new hot water system for your home, there are different options, with different designs and capabilities, available to suit your needs. If you are looking for something within your budget or looking for the best possible service money can buy, the following are four of the main options available for hot water services here in Adelaide.
Quite a standard option, the gas storage hot water service is a popular choice. The large cylinder is placed on the outside of your home and based on its capacity, only heats that amount of water. They work by using a gas burner at the base of the tank that heats the water to the desired temperature. Based on the insulation of the tank, the gas burner it's regularly heating to ensure that the water is hot enough by the time it reaches your shower head. This can contribute to a fair chunk of your energy bill - especially if you purchase a mid range water heater with a low energy rating.
A familiar issue with these kinds of water heaters is that there isn't an infinite supply of hot water available. So if the capacity of the tank is depleted in the middle of a shower, it can be quite uncomfortable! Different models have different ‘recovery’ times, which refers to the length of time it takes for the water tank to fill and be heated before it can be used again. By purchasing the higher range models, there is greater efficiency with gas use and a shorter recovery time.
These kinds of hot water systems can be almost two meters high and are quite bulky. However, if you have space, and the budget to get a mid range model with reasonable efficiency, these are a great option!
The same as the design above, but with an extremely high efficiency, these storage heaters are designed to give you larger quantities of hot water, and are more efficient with their heating capabilities - saving you money in the long run.
These top-of-the-line options have a greater first-hour-capacity than the other models. This is the amount of hot water that can be supplied by the heater per hour from when it is full. Commonly with the five-star options, it is upwards of 300 litres of water, and can recover up to 200 litres an hour once depleted, which is more than you would probably need once everyone has had their morning shower!
Marked with a five-star efficiency rating as the name suggests, these models can save you money on gas bills. The newer models are designed for greater performance and can deliver uninterrupted hot water supply to multiple taps and outlets at once, where some storage heaters cannot.
Electric hot water storage units vary dramatically in size but are commonly the cheapest option available on the market. However, they can cost more in bills later on. There are off-peak options for electric storage water heaters, which only use electricity to heat the water during the evening hours to save on utility bills.
For this to work efficiently, you will need to get the largest storage size possible (for more money) to ensure that you have enough hot water heated for use throughout the day. If your home is relatively quiet during the day, this may be an option to consider. However there are smaller options that are not off-peak and can heat during all hours, but depending on the amount of hot water being used, this can add up. As gas is cheaper than electricity, the amount of hot water you use daily should factor into your decision to find the right water heater.
Perhaps the best hot water service available, the continuous (or instantaneous) hot water system is an aesthetic option with a range of enhanced capabilities. These discrete systems can provide 26 litres of hot water a minute if needed, meaning that it can serve two or three bathrooms at any one time. This has the appealing benefit of being one of the only options where you would be very unluckily to run out of hot water and is the perfect option for a full house.
These systems work using a small gas burner that heats the water as it flows through. The burner turns on the moment a hot water tap is turned on, and the heater stops directly after. Therefore the system only uses gas as it is required, making it a much more efficient option than the regular storage heaters, and an option that can save you money on your gas bill.
These types of heaters are also easy to install on a wall outside as the entire heating capabilities are stored within the small box. This means that they don’t take up as much room as the storage water heaters, and are a more discreet and aesthetic option.
Each type of water heater has different benefits, and there is a different option for every kind of lifestyle and budget. If you are looking at any of these hot water systems in Adelaide, give Hebbard Plumbing a call.