Looking to buy a water heater but not exactly sure what you’re looking for?
The right water heater offers a reliable supply of hot water and is energy-efficient too. That apart, a proper hot water system installation by a professional hot water installer is equally important to reap the full benefits of the water heater.
Types of Water Heaters
Wondering which is the best water heater for your home? There are five main types of the water heater and we help you choose the one that is best for your home.
Storage Tank Water Heater
This is the most common types of water heaters, in most homes in Sydney. They consist of an insulated tank wherein the water is heated and the hot water is stored until needed. This runs on natural gas or electricity. Although natural gas water heaters cost more, they usually use less energy and have almost 50% less running costs than electric storage water heaters.
- Most affordable
- Easy to install
- A ready reservoir of hot water
- Expensive to operate
- High running costs
- If the tank is small or you need more water, you’d have to wait for the tank to heat the water.
Tankless (On-Demand) Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than storage water heaters. Rather than storing water, when the water tap is turned on, tankless water heater uses heating coils to heat the water in a flash and as needed thus, you can never run out of hot water. Popularly known as continuous flow water heaters, it is a great choice for heating water quickly for both small and large families. They operate on natural gas, electricity or LPG. Choosing the right size of continuous water heater is critical else a smaller continuous water heater will then result in lukewarm or cold water. Popular brands include Dux, Rheem, Rinnai, Bosch, Noritz and many more.
- Best for people who want hot water for only one use at a time e.g. shower/ dishwater
- Incredibly energy-efficient
- Easily replaceable parts
- High initial investment than storage water heater
- Limited flow of hot water per minute
Heat Pump (Hybrid) Water Heater
They extract ambient heat from the environment (air, water or ground) to heat the water. It uses significantly less energy than standard electric water heaters. They cost more to purchase but save energy and can reduce energy bills.
- Short pay-back time
- Saves money on electricity
- Works best in hot, humid climates
- Not efficient in cold places since it is less able to absorb heat
- Requires a minimum of 7 feet of vertical clearance
Solar Water Heaters
Solar hot water systems can provide almost 90% of your hot water needs for free! They use roof-mounted solar collectors to absorb energy from the sun to heat water which flows to a storage tank. These can be used in any climate and almost all models use a backup system of gas or electric to support when needed. Although they cost more to buy and install, these offer incredible savings and you can avail substantial rebates too.
- Super energy-efficient and help reduce electricity bills
- Buyers can avail incentives and rebates offered by the Australian government
- Last longer than conventional water heaters
- Very expensive
- May take time to break even depending on the climate
Condensing Water Heater
Does your family use natural gas as its primary energy source? Condensing water heater may be just what you need. These have a tank similar to a conventional water heater and use multiple heat exchange technology to capture exhaust gases that would normally go out the flue. These work best for large families that usually available in large units with a capacity of around 200 litres.
- High operating efficiencies
- Lower fuel consumption and running costs
- Fast hot water
- Reduce CO2 emission
- Higher initial investment
- Not the best choice for homes that don’t run on natural gas
- Ideal for large families
Choosing the best water heater
Whether you’re using gas, electricity or solar, each of the water heaters mentioned above offers excellent value for money and multi-fold advantages. Choosing the best for your home, however, depends on your needs, lifestyle, local climate and a whole lot of other factors. Equally important is choosing a trusted plumber for hot water heater installation. Thus, taking professional assistance is highly recommended.
Free Quote and Advice to Choose Water Heater
Our water heater experts offer free quote and advice to help you determine the right water heater for your home and budget. As your trusted local plumbers in Sydney, we provide professional gas hot water installation and electric hot water installation for your heater.