Having hot water cylinders is pretty essential in your home unless you enjoy having cold showers! There are a lot of different systems out there on the market, making it difficult to choose the one that is best for you. While a lot of people will go off based on price, you should remember that cheaper isn’t always better, and it could even cost you more in the long run.
You want your hot water cylinders to be of the highest quality, so you have hot water whenever you want. Your system also needs to be efficient so that your water and energy bills don’t continue to break the bank. There are so many different things to think of before finalising your choice.
When you have done some research, it is important to have a few different companies/options available. You could also make a pro and con list of all the options available to you after you have narrowed your choices down. No matter your situation, it is important to talk with an expert, and get a number of different quotes, so you can more accurately compare.
So, have a read on below at all of the aspects to looking for to help you find the best hot water system for you:
There are two main heating methods for hot water cylinders that you should consider, which are tank and instantaneous (or continuous flow). Your household needs and location will help steer you in a certain direction. A tank hot water system is better for bigger household, using 5+, while the instantaneous system is better for smaller households.
The efficiency of your hot water system is important to ensure household bills do not get out of control. You have probably seen the efficiency stars on the systems, and while this can be a guide, it isn’t currently regulated by the government, meaning there is more wiggle room with the efficiency score has been provided. It is a good idea to speak with an expert as they will be able to shed more light on the systems that are actually more efficient.
It is really important to get the size of your hot water system correct. If it is too big then you are paying for something that you aren’t really using, and if it is too small then you could run out of hot water. Some of the things you need to consider when thinking about the size would include, the number of people living in the household, whether you wash dishes or use a dishwasher, hot or cold water used when washing clothes, etc.
Depending on what you are looking to install, it will dramatically impact the cost. If you are looking to replace your current hot water system with a similar sized system, then the cost usually isn’t that high, probably around $500. But if you are moving the location of the hot water system, this can rapidly increase the installation price, depending on the additional plumbing and electrical work, and it can be upwards of $2,000.
The quality of local water may have an impact on the type of hot water system you get. If there is poor quality water in your local area, then you don’t really want that water sitting in a tank, as it is likely to cause corrosion of the tank at a faster speed. It is important to find out the quality of the local water, as if it is poor then an instantaneous system could be the better option.