Hi and welcome to better living with Gasworks.
In this episode we take look at one of the most important comfort functions in the home… the hot water system.
Having hot water available on demand is an essential daily requirement for showering, cleaning, washing and bathing.
And it’s not until we are without it, that we really appreciate the value of a good hot water system.
Unfortunately, when a Hot water system fails, it’s usually without notice and, like so many of life’s inconveniences, at the worst possible time!!
The natural response for many of us is to fix the problem as quickly as possible, which often means simply replacing the unit with the same model or size, by the first plumber who can get there!
But ironically, this little in home disaster is actually a great opportunity to save yourself money and make your more home energy efficient if you take the time to seek expert advice on what type of system to install and whether it is right to suit your needs.
And your decision will depend on a range of factors including your budget, your energy use and the demand needs in your home.
The traditional electric storage service heats the water, usually overnight, and then stores it ready for later use. With the rising price of electricity, this can be an expensive and inefficient option.
Solar systems are the cheapest and most environmentally friendly to run as they harness the suns power to heat the water, although they still require an additional electric or gas back-up to take over when there is insufficient sunlight.
A key consideration in choosing Solar is the large up-front costs – although these will generally be recovered over time through reduced energy bills.
A Heat Pump System is another storage type system. Heat Pumps extract heat from the air or ground. They run on electricity and are about three times more efficient than the traditional electric storage system.
The catch with heat pump is you need the right environment to make them work effectively.
Continuous flow gas systems are very popular and economical to run as they only heat water when it is required. Being continuous, they never run out and have the added advantage of being able to set the temperature of the water to suit the specific need. This is ideal where young children are present as it reduces the risk of burns and it also helps to maintain efficient energy use.
Amongst all of these options is a vast array of models, shapes, sizes, quality, warranty and of course cost.
So which one do you choose? Continuous flow is reliable and convenient, but what if you don’t have gas connected? Solar is a great option, but given the investment required you need to stay in that house for years to make it viable.
One of the best things you can do is take the time to speak with the hot water experts at your local Gasworks Store.
With years of experience in sales and installation, they know exactly what type of system will work better for you and is best suited to your needs and budget.
Or you can jump onto the Gas Works website where you’ll find loads of great information.
And one last piece of advice that could save you the heartache and inconvenience of being caught unaware.
Take the time to check your current unit.
If it is more than ten years old you might want to do some research now, so when the time comes to replace it, you’ll be fully prepared and know exactly what to do and who to see.
Thanks for watching, until next time, I’m Karen Prater for Better Living with Gasworks.