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3 Simple Steps to Select the Right Hot Water Service System for Your Home

By Zoe Sewell More Blogs by This Author

Water heating leads to approximately one-quarter of the total usage of your household energy and it may even go very high. Thus, you need to analyse yourhot water servicethoroughly, so that you save a considerable amount shortly. In this blog post, you will come to know different heating water systems to use at home.

Selection As Per the Heating Method

You have to choose ahot water servicebased on its heating method, i.e. whether it uses a heat pump, solar, gas or electric supply.

1. Electric Supply Based Systems

  • Electric supply based heated storage system is affordable to purchase and install, but involves a considerable expense to operate, particularly if it remains on a full day or continuous rate.
  • If the system has a straight replacement, it hardly requires 2 hours or 3 hours duration for installation.
  • Systems operating on off-peak electricity involve affordable operation but require a large tank, as the overnight heated water lasts you for the entire day.
  • Allows both outdoor and indoor installations.
  • However, electric systems account for a high electricity bill.

2. Natural Gas Based Hot Water Systems

  • Natural gas is a perfect option, as it is cheap than electric supply-based systems.
  • Gas rates never vary during the day; gas-based hot water systems may heat the water according to requirements.
  • On choosing a straightforward replacement, you require only two or three hours for the installation exclusively in the case of natural gas systems.
  • Often allows for outdoor installation because of its venting requirements, while allows indoor installation by using a specific type of fuel.
  • Comes with an energy-efficient star rate.

3. Solar Based Hot Water Systems

  • As the name implies, thehot water servicesystem consists of various solar collector panels with a suitable storage tank.
  • However, you require a large container to use it for many days without sunlight.
  • The storage tank often comes with a gas or electric booster element to retain the heat of the water even with less sunlight.
  • If you fail to install the solar panels properly, the system becomes less efficient, while you need a relatively large area for collection.
  • Solar-based systems are relatively expensive and require much time for the installation.

4. Heat Pump Based Hot Water Systems

  • Heat pump hot water systems work by the extraction of heat from the air and use it for heating the water tank.
  • These hot water service systems contain integrated units, i.e. the combination of a compressor and tank, but may even come as split units, i.e. separate compressors and tanks.
  • Heat pump-based systems need installation in outdoor, i.e. adequately ventilated areas.
  • Installation of the system typically needs about two hours or three hours period in the case of straight replacement.
  • The systems have noisy compressors, as similar to outdoor units of an AC unit.

Selection of Water Pipes for a Hot Water System

Once you decide the type of ahot water servicesystem, you have to select water pipes used in the respective system, according to which:

  • Water pipes should sustain the expected temperature as well as pressure.
  • The pipes should not cause any electrolytic corrosion.
  • If you opt to install the system outdoors, the water pipes should withstand heat and ultraviolet effects.

Selection as Per the Functions Performed

1. Storage Heaters

Water is heated and stored within an insulated tank. This to use whenever it becomes necessary. These systems are operable on mains pressure or with the help of a constant pressure tank or gravity feed tank.

2. Instantaneous or Continuous Flow Heaters

These systems heat only the required water and do not use any storage rank. Thus, continuous flow heaters never suffer energy or heat losses, as you may find in the case of storage systems.

Therefore, based on the factors above, you should select the best water heating system for your home.

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