If you’re in need of a new hot water cylinder, then it’s best to get in contact with your local plumber as soon as possible. Having said this, the installation is not a process you want to rush. There are plenty of options available and it’s best to discuss these with your trusted plumber. So, if you’re in the process of installing a hot water cylinder in your home, here are several questions you need to ask your plumber before they proceed.
What model should I go for?
There are plenty of models available to you, however, your choice will be predicated on what type of fuel you have access to. If you have access to gas, then a natural gas system is probably the best model for you, in terms of both ongoing costs and efficiency. If you have a solar system in place already, then sticking with that is probably your best bet. However, if you have found that your solar hot water cylinder has been underperforming recently, consult with your plumber to see if an alternative option is possible.
Most homes tend to have electric systems in place, so in terms of installation, electric models are generally easier to install and get up and running. They are also quite reliable, so if you want to minimize your costs on maintenance and upkeep, an electric system could be the way to go.
How can I minimize my carbon footprint?
Naturally, more and more consumers are more ethically inclined, choosing to go with a hot water cylinder that produces fewer carbon emissions. While electric systems are still commonplace, they are becoming less popular because of their higher emissions. In fact, gas devices produce a cleaner heat and are viewed as being much better for the environment, much like a solar powered system. However, if a solar-powered system is too expensive, remember that a gas hot water cylinder is still environmentally friendly.
How many litres do I need?
This question is probably one of the most important. If you live by yourself or with your partner/roommate or one guardian, then you don’t need a hot water cylinder that can supply a whole family. Generally, a single tank will suffice for a household consisting of 1 to 3 people. However, if you have a larger family (4+), your best bet is a more comprehensive storage tank system. It’s also important to consider your family’s lifestyle habits and whether other people will be using your system on a frequent basis (i.e. family friends, child’s boyfriend/girlfriend etc.)
What can I afford with my budget?
You should ask your plumber what type of models are available within your price range. Generally, gas systems are more expensive to install initially, however, you reap the benefits of better energy efficiency. Basically, you’ll end up making the money back via cheaper energy bills at the end of every month. You also benefit from the fact that gas systems only heat as you use the liquid, so you’re not burning money on a tank that is heating throughout the day. An electric system is far cheaper to install, however, you need to recognise that your energy bills could well be higher because the device is not as energy efficient.
Where will it fit?
Logistically, a larger hot water cylinder can be a nightmare to install because you might not have the available space. For example, a large tank will likely need to be outside to account for excess drainage. An indoor hot water cylinder poses the risk of flooding, which can lead to a lot of internal damage. At the end of the day, your plumber will be able to suggest the best location for your storage tank.