Choosing the Right Gas Hot Water System

Posted on: 5 December 2018

Not having hot water at home is a massive issue as it causes major interruptions to our daily routines, from the moment we get up and take our early morning shower to the time we put our kids to bed after a hot bath...we need running hot water. Gas hot water systems are usually very reliable in comparison to electrical hot water systems, so it is unusual if they aren't working. This is why many people are now opting for gas water systems in their homes.

First step in the installation 

It is definitely not a good idea to call the first hot water specialist/plumber you hear about. You need to carry out your own research to compare prices as well as to decide what size you will need. Different specialists have differing rates for installation for the same work and really take advantage of customer's lack of knowledge. This is where your research will come in handy as you will know what should be charged for installation.

Many people will waste money buying a larger gas hot water tank than they need to fulfil their hot water requirements. This also results is more ongoing costs to run a larger hot water tank. Make a calculated assessment on how much hot water you use on a daily basis, take a look at how large your family is as well as the amount of time spent at home. Once you have decided the size of your tank, then you can shop around for the best deal.

Instantaneous, continuous and solar gas hot water systems

These are the two main types of gas hot water systems. Instantaneous hot water systems heat the water as it flows through the hot water system. In this type, the hot water is continuously heated, hence you won't run out of hot water. Instantaneous hot water systems are typically smaller in size. Continuous hot water systems are a little like instantaneous hot water systems; however, both gas and electricity are used to power these systems. These are more reliable and have larger flow rates with the water pressure medium to strong. 

A third type of gas hot water systems is gas boosted solar hot water systems. In terms of energy efficiency these top the list with the lowest energy running costs. However, the main downside is that the initial installation costs are the highest.

Making the final decision

Always ensure that a qualified hot water specialist is fitting your hot water system. Moreover, ensure that you are aware of the overall running costs of your hot water system in the long run so that you are making an informed decision. 

For more information, contact your local gas hot water system installation service today.