how to choose your hot water system
There is no requirement for how energy-efficient appliances should be, but the stickers are mandatory. Manufacturers are, for the most part, responsible for marketing their products. Creating an efficient product will appeal to a larger audience, which is in the manufacturer’s best interest.
The initial decision you must make is whether to install an electric, gas or solar hot water system. The best choice for your home will depend on your priorities, such as where the installation location is in the house, the environmental impact of the system, and your desired running costs.
All installations are unique and offer different benefits to consider. While gas and solar are generally more expensive to install, they can provide a great return on investment, saving you on running costs in the long term
gas hot water systems
For energy-conscious households, a gas hot water solution is a great choice.
- Often cheaper to run
- Gas is usually available 24/7
- Smaller storage tank
- Faster heat-recovery
- Natural gas or LPG
They are often cheaper to run and are overall more environmentally friendly than electric solutions. Gas is usually available 24/7, so the systems generally use a smaller storage tank (the Rheem Stella does offer a larger 160-litre capacity). The leading difference with gas is the faster heat-recovery compared to an electric unit.
Continuous-flow hot water solutions, such as the Rinnai Infinity and Thermann ranges, only use gas on-demand, so there are no running costs to consider when they are not in use. For more demanding hot water use, you can couple two units together to provide a greater volume of hot water.
Gas models are almost always external units, freeing up valuable space inside your home when you convert. A natural gas supply is preferred by most for the cost; however, you can use bottled LPG gas. LPG costs more and requires monitoring to ensure that hot water is always available.
The flipside to these gas systems is that hot water installation costs are typically higher than electric solutions. However, you will likely see a return on investment with lower running costs.
electric hot water cylinders
- Mains or low pressure
- Large capacity
- Under-bench models available
The design of a hot water cylinder hasn’t changed much over the years. An electrical element heats the water, storing the heated water inside a tank (cylinder); however, there have been many improvements to insulation, heating elements, and thermostats. We offer electric solutions from the leading brands, including Rheem, Rinnai, and Thermann.
Typically, if you can get power and water to a location, you can fit an electric hot water system almost anywhere.
What is the best electric system for your property? Give us a ring and talk to one of our experienced staff on 0800 520 400.
Check out our fully-installed pricing for electric hot water cylinders.
solar hot water
A solar system is an efficient way of reducing your ongoing costs.
- ‘Tops up’ existing hot water cylinder
- Draws energy from the sun
- Environmentally friendly
- No ongoing costs
Approximately 20% of the energy consumed in an average home is from the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry; water heating is the culprit.
Heating water uses a lot of energy. You are ultimately paying two costs when you use hot water – one for the energy required to heat the water and the other for the water used. A solar system is an efficient way of reducing your ongoing costs.
A typical solar system operates by ‘topping up’ the heat stored in a hot water cylinder. During the day, a solar system draws energy from the sun and passes water through a heat exchanger. The more sun there is, the more efficient the system is.
At night or on a very cloudy day, a backup heat source (gas or electric) switches over to ensure the water is ‘boosted’ to the temperature set on the thermostat.
When deciding on solar hot water, don’t just look at the installation price; consider how large the capacity needs to be, where the panels and cylinder will belong, and the type of ‘top-up’ system you want to use. Auckland Plumbers Group can help you make an informed decision – we have the answers. Call us today or request a quote.
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a streamlined hot water service
We offer a streamlined service where you can purchase your desired water heater with the installation fee included in the price. Our team are experts on all things hot water, whether gas, electric, or solar-powered. Learn more about available systems you can choose and get in touch with the team at Auckland Plumbers Group today.
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Our team consists of highly skilled and experienced plumbers and gasfitters. We can install your hot water system, service it and repair it to get your hot water flowing again in no time.
If you have any questions on the types of water heaters, hot water repairs, or any of our other plumbing and gasfitting services – get in touch, and the team will be happy to help. Energy efficiency and the cost are not the only things to consider, so pick the phone up and call us to find out more or request a quote today.
fully-installed hot water pricing
Don’t stress over the financial side of things! At Auckland Plumbers Group, our pricing includes the installation fee. This is great for our customers, taking the guesswork out of figuring out the true cost of your system. As professional gasfitters, we don’t stop at hot water; we even have pricing for installing brand-new, customer-supplied gas hobs or stoves too – just enquire with the team!