If you’re looking for a hot water system installation service for your new Perth home, or wanting to replace an existing one, it pays to do your research.
There is an infamous debate amongst the plumbing community on which type of hot water system is best.
Below are the differences between gas, electric, or solar hot water systems, so that you can choose which is right for you and your household.
Gas Hot Water System
Cheaper than electrical water systems, and able to heat water as needed by the use of a gas burner, gas systems have energy-efficient star ratings and may be a good choice if you’re environmentally-conscious.
You can opt to install an instantaneous system for your household, wherein the gas burner only heats water when you need it, but if you choose to use a storage tank, you will need one with a capacity of 135-170L for a four-person home.
With a storage tank, it’s important to consider your outside space, as these are usually installed outdoors for ventilation. And because gas is used in this system, during blackouts you won’t run the risk of losing your hot water either.
Price Range – $300 to $1500 Lifespan – 10 to 12 Years
Electric Hot Water System
Electric systems are, on average, the cheapest to install. These use a heating element inside a tank (usually 125-160L for a four-person home) to heat water and retain its temperature.
Of course, like the gas option, there is also an instantaneous system available for your needs. However, it’s a good idea to consider your electricity bills especially with regards to your water consumption.
If your home is in an area where off-peak electricity is not available, it may be more expensive to use electric systems in the long run.
Price Range – $500 to $3000 Lifespan – 10 to 12 Years
Solar Hot Water System
Solar-based systems are perhaps the most expensive and time-consuming to install. These entail the installation of solar panels, positioned on your roof to get the maximum amount of sun exposure, and a storage tank.
For a four-person home, you would need a minimum of two panels amounting to four square meters, and a tank with a 300-360L capacity.
It is important to note, however, that despite the high initial costs, there are government rebates and incentives to using solar-based systems that can help with your expenses. This is because it is an environmentally-friendly option.
Aside from this, solar-based systems have low-running costs and will be cheap to maintain and use over time, which may be a significant point to think about for your household budget.
Price Range – $1,800 to $5,500 Lifespan – 20 Years
As it is with everything about your home, it’s important to do your research in order to find the best hot water system that will fit your specific needs and situation. It’s also important to find excellent plumbers to install your new systems or fix or replace your current ones.
Alkimos Plumbing & Gas’ group of experienced experts are trusted and have been servicing the Northern Suburbs for six years, so you can make sure that your hot water system is in good hands. Contact us for your Perth hot water repair and installation needs!