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4 Different Types Of Hot Water Systems Explained

by | Sep 17, 2019 | Plumbing

It’s a horrible, sinking feeling when your old hot water system goes bang, which is so common towards the end of the winter months. It’s not just the prospect of a freezing cold shower, you’ll also hear a lot of complaining from your family members and then dread that looming high repair bill. But there’s always a silver lining, especially when it comes to the types of hot water systems now available in Australia. In short, this area of technology has sped ahead in recent years, leaving you with one burning question: What’s the best hot water system to install?

Here at Ezy-Plumb, our goal is to help make that decision as easy as possible.

Compare The Types Of Hot Water Systems – Which One Should You Choose?

For the average Australian home, hot water will account for at least a quarter of your entire energy bill. When considering the best hot water systems on the market, you’ll need to consider the particulars of your property, how your family members use water and a myriad of other factors.

To get the conservation going, here’s a comparison on the types of hot water systems Australians are installing in their homes:

1. Electric

Much like a typical kettle, electric hot water systems heat the water with an element located inside the storage tank. These tanks come in various sizes and are amongst the most affordable options on the market but it has to be said that they are not the most energy-efficient hot water system out there.

Another electric option is the continuous flow or instantaneous hot water system, which only heats the water when you turn on your hot taps. These systems don’t have a large output of water flow and may require 3 phase power to be connected.

2. Gas

Gas hot water systems are very similar to their electric counterparts, the main difference being that a gas burner is used rather than an element. Gas systems are generally smaller in size than electric tanks because they heat the water much faster.

Another gas option is the continuous flow or instantaneous hot water system. These are very popular and one of the most common types of hot water systems installed in new homes nowadays as they are energy-efficient and compact in size. The big benefit of this type of system is that water is only heated when a hot tap is turned on meaning you will never run out of hot water.

3. Solar

An increasingly popular ‘green’ option on the market is the solar hot water system. This is also one of the most common types of hot water systems installed in new homes as they use free energy from the sun to heat your shower rather than electricity or gas. The system will involve an array of solar panels that are usually placed on your roof, although it must be said that the system will still be connected to electricity or gas in case it’s not very sunny!

4. Heat pump

While technically in the electric hot water system category, a heat pump is much more energy efficient – even though it usually more expensive to install and louder to run. The technology involved can be likened to a fridge … in reverse! The heat pump cleverly extracts heat from the air and transfers it to the water, and can slash your hot water bill by two thirds.

Electric, Gas Or Solar: Which One Should You Choose?

Now you know the different types of hot water systems and you realised you have a lot of choices to pick, the next question would be which is the best to use: electric or gas? solar or heat pump?

The best way to make this important decision about your next hot water system investment is to pick up the phone and ask the friendly Melbourne hot water plumbers at Ezy-Plumb for their advice.

As a rough guide please consider the following:

  • An electric system can heat your water during cheaper ‘off-peak’ times at night but bear in mind that you will need a big enough storage tank to last the full day.
  • Natural gas is cheaper than electricity, and there are no ‘peak’ and ‘off-peak’ tariffs to worry about.
  • LPG bottled gas is more expensive than natural gas.
  • For an efficient setup, solar panels must be located ideally and can cost thousands to install. A range of rebates and incentives, not to mention the low running costs mean you can recoup the purchase cost over time.
  • Heat pumps require a well-ventilated area for installation, which may not be suitable for indoors – also because of the operating noise. Warmer climates are also most suited to this type of installation.

What’s The Best Hot Water System?

Still not sure which types of hot water systems will work best for your property, family, usage, budget and situation? Our local bayside Melbourne plumbers are standing by and more than willing to give you advice or come out to your place to run over the options. Call 0402 169 096 now and restore peace and steaming hot harmony at your place with a brand new hot water system.

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