A larger capacity hot water tank may be more efficient, but only if you have the correct setup. Here’s what you need to know before you upgrade.
What size hot water system do I need?
When it comes to hot water systems, size really does matter. Getting the right-sized system for your home is critical; a perfect size will mean rarely running out of hot water and never wasting money heating water you don’t use. Rowson’s Plumbing Services is here to help you determine the perfect size of a hot water system for your home. Many factors need to be considered, such as the number of people in your household, the amount of hot water used, the size of the property, and the climate.
Find the right size hot water system for your home.
If you’re in the market for a new hot water system, it’s important to find the right size for your home. Too small and your system may not be able to meet your needs, while too large could lead to unnecessary energy use and higher bills. So, how do you find the perfect fit? Here are some tips to help you choose the right size hot water system for your Australian home.
The size of your Australian household
When deciding on the water tank size for your hot water system, the household size is an important factor to consider. A family of seven will need a bigger system than a couple. However, storage hot water systems will last around ten years. So make sure you plan for the future as well. Are you planning on having children (or more children)? Renting out part of your home? Adding an in-law suite? These are all things that can increase the hot water demands and should be considered when choosing the tank size. Not sure what size you need? A professional plumber can help you assess your needs and make recommendations.
The number of bathrooms, sinks, hot tubs, etc.
The number of bathrooms in your home is one factor to consider when determining the right size water heater for your needs. If you have a larger home with multiple bathrooms or an extra kitchen, you will need a system that can maintain hot water levels for the entire house. A professional plumber can help you assess your specific needs and recommend the best size and type of water heater for your home. By taking into account the number of bathrooms and other factors such as how often you use your water and the temperature of your water, you can ensure that you have the right system for your home and your family’s needs.
Average time of day for hot water consumption.
Most homes use more hot water in the evening when everyone is taking showers and running the dishwasher and washing machine. If you have a lot of people in your household who all shower in the evening, you’ll need a large hot water system to avoid running out. To figure out what size system you need, consider how much hot water you’ll use at peak times. A household where some members shower in the morning and some in the evening will need a larger system than a household where everyone showers in the morning. Remember that you’ll also use hot water for cooking, laundry, and other tasks. Once you’ve determined your peak hot water needs, you can choose a system that will meet those needs.
Peak or off-peak power
If you’re looking to install a new hot water system, you’ll need to consider the power source for water heating and whether you want to connect it to an off-peak power tariff. If you do, you’ll need to install a larger insulated tank, as it will need to heat water in the off-peak period and keep the water hot and ready for use in the peak periods. This is because the electricity rates are lower during the off-peak period, so you’ll save money on your energy bill. However, larger systems can be more expensive to purchase and install, so you’ll need to weigh the costs and benefits before making a decision.
Hot water system sizing
Most people think that water heater sizing is simply a matter of deciding how many litres of water they need on a daily basis. However, there are actually different factors to consider depending on whether you have a tank or tankless water heater. Storage tank water heaters are sized based on their first-hour rating, which indicates how much hot water the unit can produce in an hour. A tankless or continuous flow water heater, on the other hand, is sized based on the number of litres of water heated per minute.
The first thing a plumber needs to do when determining the appropriate storage tank for a hot water system is to assess the number of people living in the house. This is because the more people there are, the more hot water will be consumed.Next, the plumber needs to identify what hot water-consuming activities take place in the house and when they occur. For example, if there are young children in the home, baths may need to be taken early in the evening. If there are teenagers in the home, showers may need to be taken later in the evening. It is also important to determine whether these activities take place simultaneously since this would significantly affect hot water usage.
Finally, the plumber needs to consider what type of hot water fixtures are in the home.This is because different fixtures use different amounts of hot water. For example, a shower uses more hot water than a sink. The climate is also a factor to consider, as higher temperatures will require more showers and colder weather will require more power to heat water and maintain water temperatures. Some plumbers, like us, would even consider the water quality in the area since hard water can significantly affect the storage tank’s lifespan. Considering all of these factors, a plumber can determine the appropriate storage tank for a hot water system.
Need help choosing an energy-efficient hot water system?
Rowson’s plumbing services can help you determine the perfect hot water storage tank size that would fit your needs. We have over 20 years of experience in the plumbing industry, and our team of certified professionals is dedicated to providing the best possible service to our customers. We will consider the size of your home, the number of occupants and your family’s water usage habits to recommend the most efficient water heater for your needs. We also offer a wide range of other plumbing services, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance.