Hot water system should always be taken in good maintenance. Although we had our local plumbers available to do the work for us, we should also consider having the basic knowledge of what the job is all about.
To begin with, let us learn first about different types of hot water systems. This will guide you on which plumbing services are needed in maintaining the water heater you currently acquire. Heater types ranges from solar, heat pumps, natural gas, LPG, solid fuels, off-peak electric and peak electric.
Solar Hot Water Systems – this comes with a gas, solid fuel booster or off-peak electric to deliver hot water for the period of low sunshine. Installation of this system is above the price of a conventional water heater; however this additional cost can be equate further with your energy savings due years of use. In addition, this solar heater has little impact on the environment which is great.
Heat Pumps – this is greatly efficient type of water heating which uses less electricity than other electric water heaters. With the use of a compressor and a refrigerant gas, heat is extracted from the atmosphere which is efficiently used to heat water stored in a ground level tank.
Solid Fuels – this is use with a ‘wetback’ attached to a deliberate combustion wood heaters or a separate water heater power-driven by solid fuels.
Off-peak Electric – operation cost of this system is usually comparable to natural gas. To supply sufficient hot water all through the day, water is heated during the night.
Natural Gas – this one of the known fuels used for water heating, however it is not always available. Compared to electricity, natural gas is said to produce less carbon dioxide in heating the same amount of water, which is great.
Liquid Petroleum Gas – also known as LPG. This is usually an alternative to natural gas but more costly.
Peak Electric – this is great used with heat pump storage systems to provide electric continuous flow units.
Which of the above system you are currently using? Since water heating acquire almost a quarter of domestic energy use, we should take in consideration the efficient system for energy savings and is suitable for various options. Aside from the cost of installation, the system repairs and maintenance should also be kept in mind for future management. For more details about hot water services, don’t hesitate to consult professional plumbing contractor in your local area.