There are three main types of hot water systems that you can use to provide hot water in your home. If you are building a home from scratch or undergoing a major remodel, you need to decide which hot water system to install. Here are the options you have.
1. Electric Hot Water Systems
The majority of homes in Australia use electric hot water systems. This type of system is relatively inexpensive to install. They are safe, convenient and easy to use, producing hot water on demand whenever you need it.
The major downside of an electric hot water system is that it can be more expensive to run than other system types. You also won't be able to use any hot water during a power outage.
2. Gas Hot Water Systems
Gas hot water systems are popular with large families because they can heat a large amount of water very quickly. That means you never have to worry about running out of hot water. Gas hot water systems also have lower running costs than electric systems, although they are more expensive to install.
The main problem with a gas hot water system is that it can be dangerous if it malfunctions. You must ensure that a licensed plumber installs your gas water heater and commit to keeping it well maintained. A gas leak could present a risk of explosion, while a gas water heater that does not burn cleanly can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. While these risks are small with modern units, they are still important to consider.
3. Solar Hot Water Systems
If you are looking for an environmentally friendly way to heat water in your home, a solar hot water system could be a good option. This type of system uses solar panels on the roof to heat water for your family to use. Solar hot water systems have a high upfront cost, but in some parts of Australia, it is possible to get a government grant to help you meet the cost of installation. Solar systems have very low running costs as they use natural energy from the sun.
Not all homes are good candidates for a solar hot water system. You must have enough space on your roof to accommodate the solar panels. Ideally, your roof should be south-facing and not overshadowed by buildings or trees. You will need to keep the solar panels clean to keep them working well.