Why Should You Still Choose a Gas Hot Water System?
Why choose a gas hot water system? What about electric, heat pump or solar? Let’s quickly answer those questions to help you save money and make a practical choice.
Why should you still choose a gas hot water system?
First, it’s cheaper than the electrical ones. Electricity costs rise nonstop which will make an impact on your monthly bills for years. Another reason is about the wasted time and heat. If you use an electric hot water system, it might take a while for water to heat up again. In contrast, gas systems heat it up quickly. This issue about speed and convenience makes a huge difference in our everyday usage.
Although modern units are a lot more efficient now, there’s still a marked difference between electric and gas units when it comes to costs and efficiency. At the beginning the savings and difference will be small. But through the months and years, the savings from using gas systems will add up. Also, you could be saving a lot of time and sparing yourself from inconveniences in the long run.
What about solar and heat pump?
Solar hot water systems are fast becoming popular because of our environmental and sustainability awareness. Also, these technologies are fast catching up with the performance of gas and electric units. When it comes to purchase costs, you might even qualify for government rebates and other incentives.
However, it still depends on your location and the sunshine. There will be cloudy days and the collected energy won’t be enough for your hot water requirements. As a result, an electric or gas booster element is installed. And when it comes to location, your site may be far from ideal where the sunlight isn’t enough for most of the year. Another concern about solar units is about their high purchase costs (could be $2,000 to $7,000) and that the installation is costly and time consuming.
Heat pumps are also fast becoming popular because of their energy efficiency. However, the unit should be installed in a well-ventilated area and its power might not be enough, especially if you live in a place with a cold climate. After all, heat pumps work by extracting heat from the surroundings. If the surrounding is too cold, there’s not much heat to extract from. In this case, a booster element is added (just like solar hot water systems) so that you can still have enough hot water for the day.
The choice of hot water depends on several factors such as your location, budget and hot water requirements. If you want to make a practical choice, you can enquire here at NSW Hot Water. We will give you practical advice that will help you save money for years.