We had APG inspect potential properties for us. In more than one of these, they identified moisture problems. We are thankful for this knowledge which enabled us to walk away from potential leaky homes! Once we found our ideal home, APG put together a maintenance list which enabled us to plan and budget for resolving issues which will need attention in the near future.
Hot Water Installations and Upgrades Auckland-wide
Cool hot water solutions
An important consideration with hot water solutions these days is their energy rating. Many water heating appliances have an energy-rating label attached – the more stars, the more efficient. This is not a requirement from government, however, manufacturers are, for the most part, are responsible in marketing their product. Energy efficiency is not the only thing to consider… pick up the phone and call us to find out more on 0800 520 400.
The initial decision you need to make is whether to install an electric, gas or solar system depending on your requirements. You may even have other priorities, such as the actual installation location or even the environmental impact or desired running costs. All installations are unique.
Gas hot water systems
For energy-conscious customers, a gas hot water solution is a great choice. They are often cheaper to run and overall are more environmentally-friendly than electric solutions. As gas is available 24/7, gas systems use a smaller storage tank thus having a faster heat-recovery. Natural gas supply is preferred by most for cost, however, bottled LPG gas can be used. LPG does cost more and requires monitoring to make sure that hot water is always available. The flipside to gas systems though is that installation costs are normally more than electric solutions.
Electric hot water systems
The design of a hot water cylinder hasn’t really changed over the years. An electrical element heats the water and it is stored in a tank (cylinder), however, there have been great improvements to insulation, elements, and thermostats. Typically, if you can get power and water to a location, an electric system can be fitted almost anywhere. Please be aware that current building regulations require that a cylinder must sit in a tray with drainage.
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.
Solar hot water systems
It is generally accepted that 20% of the energy consumed in an average home is used in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry – water heating is the culprit. Heating water uses a lot of energy. You’re paying two costs when you use hot water – one is for the energy required to heat the water and one for the water you actually use. A solar system is an efficient way of reducing your ongoing costs.
A typical solar system basically 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. More sun, the more efficient the systems are. At night or on a very cloudy day, a backup heat source (gas or electric) switches over to make sure the water temperature has boosted the setting on the thermostat.
When making a decision about solar hot water, don’t just look at the installation price, consider how large capacity needs to be, where the location of panels and cylinder will be, 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.
A hot water system to fit your budget and requirements? We can help!
We have the expertise and experience to advise you on the best solution for your water heating – just speak to one of our friendly staff on 0800 520 400.
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What Our Customers Say
After receiving a couple of very high power bills, we asked APG to come and check our HWC. We were delighted when they also checked the rest of the plumbing in the house, and then provided a report showing what issues were likely to occur in the near future. This has helped us budget for the maintenance needed and get old pipework upgraded before it caused a flood!
Your gasfitter was excellent. So neat and tidy and even swept up when he finished. Really impressed with your service.