Choosing the best Hot Water System for your situation can be a difficult task. Whilst purchase price is a major consideration, these days there is more emphasis on how the product will save you money in the long term, such as water saving technology and energy efficiency. A Hot Water System is generally seen as a product that will last for a number of years so it’s important to make the right decision when you do purchase a new one.
When selecting a hot water system it’s important to consider:
- Number of bathrooms and/or people that may use hot water at once
- Number of Adults / Teenagers / Small Children in the home. Small Children will use the least hot water, as for the teenagers only a parent can answer that one!
- Dishwashers and Washing Machines connected that use hot water at the same time.
- Requirements to fill large bathtubs or spa baths using hot water
In addition to those factors there are more technical aspects of hot water use such as the the available water pressure in your region, the water conditions and the climate.
Types of Hot Water System
There are basically 5 different options you have to select from when buying a new hot water system.
1) Natural Gas : This is actually the best option to go for if you have natural gas available in your area. It is pretty cheap and environment friendly.
2) Liquid Petroleum Gas : LPG is actually the most expensive to run. Even though it is not so bad for the environment, it is pretty steep on the pocket.
3) Heat Pump: Heat pumps have recently become a more viable technology as their reliability has improved and so has their prices in general. We exclusively install heat pumps by Quantum as they are leaders in the technology.
4) Electric: Electric hot water systems are the most common ones. While they are cheap to run, it is not so good for the environment unless you are on a cheaper tariff. If you are on a cheaper tariff you are actually using the electricity that is going to waste! Mainly there are 3 tariff options to choose from. A11, T31, T33.
A11: This is your normal power that is turned on 24 hours a day.
T33: This means that your hot water system is turned on for 18 hours a day. Your electricity to the hot water system will be turned off during the peak periods, generally in the afternoon. You need at least a 125LT hot water system to be on this tariff.
T31: This means that your hot water system is turned on for 10 hours a day. Your hot water system heats up during the nighttime. This tariff is the cheapest and less than half price compared to the A11. It is also better for the environment because you are using the electricity without raising the peak demand. You need at least a 250LT hot water system to go on this tariff.
The information above applies to Queensland only. You should contact your retail electricity supplier for the latest and detailed accurate information.
5) Solar : Solar hot waters systems are pretty expensive to buy and moderately expensive to run. They run from the power of the sun, but need to be boosted sometimes when you run out of hot water, or when there is no sun. So for about a quarter of an year be prepared to boost your hot water system. You can have it boosted by electricity or gas.
Hot Water System Running Cost Comparison
Below is a graph that shows how much different types of systems cost :
The best way to choose the right system is to purchase through a professional technician that is experienced in the industry. Our technicians spend all day (and night) servicing, repairing and installing hot water systems so they can advise which hot water system will suit your requirements the best.
Call Speedy Hot Water on 1800 722 458 for advice and quotation information.