Your Guide to Choosing The Right Water Heater

A Guide To Choosing The Right Water Heater

Your hot water unit is the engine of your home, ensuring your bathroom, kitchen and laundry can perform well every day. You need a hot water unit that can effectively meet the needs of your family, every day, from the morning shower to the dishwasher at night. We’ve put together a handy guide to help you select the perfect hot water unit for your needs.

Which Hot Water System Is Right For Me?

Fuel Type: Hot water systems are run either by gas, electric or solar energy. For many Australian households, the choice will depend on whether or not gas is available. If you don’t have a solar boosted hot water system, natural gas is easily the cheapest and most efficient type of fuel for your hot water system. Keep in mind that electric hot water systems are being phased out, are expensive to operate and contribute significantly to greenhouse gas pollution if you don't have a decent solar electricity setup.
System Type: Choose from either storage or continuous flow systems.  Storage heaters are the most common type of hot-water system in Australia, using either a gas or electric element to heat the water and store it for use. They’re often cheaper to install, especially if you had a similar unit previously. However, storage units can be more costly to operate, can run out of hot water and take a while to warm up. Sizes vary, but remember that they heat the whole tank, so make sure you choose the right size for your family to avoid wasting energy.
Most major brands now offer continuous flow units, which are small, instantaneous and never run out of hot water. They take up far less room than most storage units and can even be recessed into the wall. They only turn on when needed, meaning they don’t waste energy when not in use. Continuous flow units are measured by flow rates, so be sure to choose the right flow rate for you. 
Size: One person typically uses about 50 litres of hot water a day — even more if you enjoy a long, hot shower. A hot water system supplier can analyse your home and usage and recommend some options for your situation, taking into account how many people live in your home, how much hot water you use, and when you use it. For most households, a solar hot water system can be the most efficient and cheapest to run.
Energy Star Ratings: Gas hot water systems have energy efficiency star rating labels. The more stars, the more efficient the water heater is.  Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) currently apply for electric hot water storage systems. MEPS are currently under consideration for other water heater types. This will eliminate inefficient models from the market and may see star rating labels appear on all hot water systems.

Hot Water Cylinders Auckland

Your local plumber can also be a valuable source of advice when deciding which hot water system is ideal for you. For more information about choosing a hot water system, contact Redsea Plumbing — the hot water cylinder specialists in Auckland.