When shopping for a new hot water system, you need to consider the type of fuel or energy source you will use – particularly its availability and overall costs. This is important because the heater’s fuel will have an impact on your annual operation cost, energy efficiency, performance, and size.
Considering the availability of fuel or energy source
In Australia, consumers have access to a multitude of fuel types and energy sources that run hot water systems. Nonetheless, you should still determine its availability in your specific area. Availability influences costs, so choosing the right one will help you trim your annual water heating expenses.
As FallonSolutions.com.au notes, electricity is one of the most common sources of energy for hot water systems in Australia. These fuel the traditional storage heaters, as well as the heat pump and tankless/demand-type systems. Natural gas hot water systems are also popular because — like their electrical counterparts — they are ideal for traditional and tankless/instantaneous systems.
Aside from electrical and natural gas heaters, fuel oil, geothermal-energy, propane, and solar-energy hot water systems are available.
Speaking with a highly qualified water heater technician will help you assess and determine which of these will provide you the greatest in terms of performance, energy-efficiency, longevity, and annual savings.
Comparing costs and types
Compare the costs and types of hot water systems before making any purchase, especially if there are several available in your specific area. Comparison is a must-do when constructing a new home. Nonetheless, do your homework even if you are just replacing an existing system.
With the right choice for your water heating system, you can avoid high costs and enjoy hot baths during the cold days.