When a hot water system needs to be replaced, it isn’t that uncommon for the same tank to be purchased to replace the malfunctioning one. Over the last few years, however, electric storage hot water systems have evolved to become more energy efficient than ever before. There are more choices now than you probably remember there being, especially if you haven’t upgraded your system for a few years.
If you’ve got an older 200 litre hot water system installed in your home, then you’ve probably got the timing down as to when you’re going to be running out of hot water. Today’s top brands of electrical systems, such as Aquamax, Dux, Rheem, and Therman can replace all 200 litres of hot water used for showers, dishes, or laundry in just 1 hour. This means you can potentially have a smaller hot water system that provides better results than your previous system.
Here Are the Factors to Consider When Choosing a New System
If you’re thinking about a new electric storage hot water system, then here are some of the things that must be considered before deciding on what size of system you need.
- How many people are in the home? Young children use much less hot water than older children or adults, but they’ll also grow up quickly. If you have four young children right now, a system that can support 6 full-time users will be needed within the next 10 years. Since warranties may extend to 12+ years, an investment now makes sense. Don’t plan based on what your household is like right now. Plan for what the future may hold.
- How many bathrooms are in the home? If you have three bathrooms in your home that could all potentially require hot water, then your new electrical system needs to be able to support this.
- How big are your appliances and bathroom facilities? Large bathtubs can hold a remarkable amount of hot water. Washing machines and dishwashers can also use a surprising amount of hot water.
Manufacturers like Rheem, who have served Melbourne families for nearly 80 years, make electric hot water systems that are as small as 25L and as large as 400L so all of your needs can be met. Look for models that use mains pressure to make sure there is a steady stream of water at the point of service so there aren’t interruptions. In doing so, you’ll have the best possible hot water system for your home.
What Type of Electrical System Should You Use?
Some hot water systems that are electrical powered have internal timers that can be set so the water can be heated away from the peak usage hours of the day. Peak use electrical charges can be much higher than off-peak use, which means your home will be able to save more on the costs to heat water when it turns on at the specified times. Time of use and continuous use are also options based on your household needs.
Why choose continuous use? If electricity is always available to the hot water system, then a smaller tank can be installed in the home. This creates a smaller short-term investment, but spreads out long-term costs because of the 24/7 power access that is available. Time of use is generally a good compromise because it offers continuous power, but at variable rates, so your home can stay in control of your hot water costs.
Is a Hybrid Electrical Hot Water System Right For You?
New technologies have allowed hot water system manufacturers to combine the traditional electrical heater with a heat pump. This pump extracts the heat from the surrounding Melbourne air and uses it to help create hot water. They use less energy than the traditional electrical models and though they cost a little more upfront, they are quickly recovered by the monthly savings that are experienced.
Not every home is suited for a hybrid system. The heat pumps are usually placed on top and need a specific amount of clearance and non-cooled space around the heater. A condensate pump is also necessary if there isn’t a drain that is close.
Electric storage hot water systems are very common today and highly affordable. If you’ve received an unpleasant surprise with your electrical bill which indicates your current system is failing, then take a few moments to contact us today. We’ll be happy to discuss the benefits of today’s modern technology and help you find the perfect hot water system for your home.