There are typically three main types of hot water systems when it comes to water outlets in a home or property: continuous flow systems, tank systems, and solar powered systems. Technologies surrounding these systems are continuously improving, with more effective solutions emerging in order to lower energy usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
However, different types of hot water systems may be more or less practical for different spaces. If you’re wondering if it’s time for an update, here are the types of hot water systems available to choose from.
Continuous Flow Hot Water Systems
For many years, the concept of an electric hot water system that didn’t require a tank seemed groundbreaking, but with shifts in technological advancements, it’s now possible to have instant and tankless hot water.
“On-demand” continuous flow hot water systems are among the most modern of technologies available, with water being instantly heated at the point of use. These electric hot water systems cancel out the need to have hot water waiting in a tank, meaning you can have water whenever you need it and in various rooms of a house without it running out and turning cold.
Continuous flow systems are currently the most effective way to decrease gas emissions, energy usage and water wastage. For this reason, they’ve become a popular choice right across the world. Benefits of tankless water systems include their energy efficiency, low maintenance, reduced costs and impressive lifespan.
Storage and Tank Hot Water Systems
Before instant electric hot water systems, tank water systems were the most common choice for household water use, with the production of water tanks dating back to as far as 3000BC.
The easiest way to describe traditional tank systems is to think of the tanks as kettles. The water is heated and waits to be used, and its temperature is typically controlled by a thermostat. As the name suggests, tank water systems store water in a “ready to go” state, waiting for it to be used. As you can imagine, this leads to a lot of wasted energy and costs in order to keep the water constantly heated. The installation of a water tank can also be quite difficult, as the tanks can be large and take up a lot of space.
Solar Hot Water Systems
Solar hot water systems are different from tank and tankless electric hot water systems in that they use solar panels to heat water. Solar hot water systems take advantage of the sun and use it as a means to heat water, so sunny days are necessary for them to operate effectively.
Solar hot water systems are the most efficient option for energy saving, which means the Australian government provides incentives and rebates for installation of them in homes. They’re also significantly cheaper than tank water systems to run, however they’re one of the least effective types of water system on the market.
Your choice will ultimately come down to how environmentally conscious you are and what your budget allows for. A professional provider of hot water systems will be able to advise you on the best option to suit your requirements.