8 Things People Must
Know When Choosing a
Hot Water Heater
for Their Home

8 MUSTS, When Choosing a Hot Water System for Your Home

Choosing the perfect hot water system for your Sydney Northern Beaches or North Shore home can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! A well-informed choice can save you money, increase your comfort, and even improve your health. Here’s our easy-to-follow guide to ensure you get the best hot water system tailored to your needs.

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Your choice of hot water heater for your Sydney home doesn’t have to be so hard. Just avoid the mistakes that cost you extra money for no reason.

We put together this quick guide of 8 things you MUST KNOW when choosing a water heater.

1) Understand the Three Main Types of Hot Water Systems

Electric Hot Water Systems:
Cheap to buy and easy to install. The drawback is they aren’t as efficient as other heaters, and you can only use one tank at a time. There is a tank for every need, from large family homes to townhouses and small 1 bed units.

  • Pros: Affordable and easy to install.
  • Cons: Less efficient and limited to one tank at a time.
  • Ideal For: Small to medium homes, townhouses, and one-bedroom units.

Instantaneous Gas Hot Water Systems:
Most hot water heaters in the Sydney Area uses natural gas. They are extremely efficient and can be installed everywhere except the kitchen sink (though we could try for ya). They can be more expensive to install if you haven’t had one before but pay back dividends over time. Ideal for houses, townhouses, and big families.

  • Pros: Highly efficient and suitable for large families.
  • Cons: Higher installation costs if you’re switching from another type.
  • Ideal For: Houses and big families who need hot water on demand.

Solar Hot Water Systems:
Imagine using the sun to take a shower. Sounds cool, right? If you’re in the Sydney Northern Beaches, the sun is pummelling you mercilessly all day anyway. Might as well use it to get some energy. They’re a lot more expensive to install but way more efficient. But only if you’ve got direct sun access and have huge heating needs (we’ll explain how to calculate those next).

  • Pros: Environmentally friendly and cost-effective in the long run.
  • Cons: High upfront costs and needs ample sun exposure.
  • Ideal For: Homes with good sun access and significant hot water needs.

2) Determine the Right Capacity for Your Household

We could write a novel on this topic, but we’ll just give you some back of the napkin calculations here. We find that most Aussies use around 80 to 100 litres of hot water per day. We also find that a lot of older houses located on the Sydney Northern Beaches have heaters that are not adequate for the size of the family that are living in the house. Read the rest of the article to find out how to avoid this situation.

A typical Australian household of four needs about 315-400 litres of hot water per day. Here’s a quick way to gauge your needs:

  • Standard usage: Around 80-100 litres per person daily.
  • Considerations: Multiple showers at once, large laundry loads, frequent cooking, dishwasher use, and regular baths.

These are just a few of the factors that go into choosing. But if you don’t have any major extenuating circumstances, 80 litres per person should be all you need for an average Sydney Area family.

3) Remember, Hot Water Heating is a Major Household Expense

Hot water heating accounts for 25% of household energy usage, second only to heating and cooling your home. Opt for efficient systems to save money and reduce your environmental footprint.

4) Plan for Longevity and Maintenance

The average water heater lasts 10-15 years. While this means a long-term investment, it also requires regular maintenance:

Pro Tip: Schedule preventative maintenance to extend your heater’s lifespan and reduce repair costs. Regular check-ups by a specialist are a small price compared to major repairs or replacements.

5) Use Low-Flow Water Restrictors for Big Savings (The Ultimate Hot Water Life Hack).

Did you know that installing a low-flow water restrictor can save you up to 60% on your water bills? Most low-flow faucets cut the flow of water by about 25-40% over the standard shower head, which will amount to thousands of litres saved every month.

Most people say they don’t even notice the difference. They only cost a few dollars, so why not save money and wear and tear on your system?

6) Solar Energy Systems Might Earn you CASH

Yes, you read that right…kind of. Aside from savings on bills and helping Mother Earth stay a bit healthier, a solar system (not THAT solar system) might qualify you for a small-scale technology certificate (STC). It’s a measure of renewable energy that can be traded for cash or discounts on installing a hot water system. Check your eligibility via the government’s energy website calculator.

7) Optimize Your Storage Heater with Off-Peak Rates

If you’re going to replace your storage hot water service, you should consider going with the largest heater possible (factoring in users also). If you can set up your Rheem storage heater on off peak 1 you will almost wipe out energy cost for hot water. It proves very cost effective if you can only heat the water once a day during off peak time. If you can’t quite get enough hot water for the family on one heat cycle, you can switch to off peak 2. This means the heater will heat twice a day in off peak times. Far more cost effective than being on continuous tariff.

If using a storage heater, consider off-peak tariffs:

  • Off Peak 1: Heats water once a day at the lowest cost.
  • Off Peak 2: Heats twice daily, still cost-effective but provides more flexibility.

8) Monitor Shower Habits to Maximize Efficiency

The average shower consumes somewhere around 200 litres of water and runs about 8 minutes. There’s very little point trying to save money elsewhere on water bills if you take 30 minute showers (here’s looking at you, sis!). If you do take long showers, then gas or solar is the way to go.

Choosing the right hot water system is crucial for your home’s efficiency and comfort. With the right system, you can enjoy lower bills, fewer repairs, and a more reliable supply of hot water. For expert advice and reliable service, don’t hesitate to contact your Sydney, North Shore and Northern Beaches Hot Water Specialists at Curl Curl Plumbing. We’re here to help you make the best choice for your family and your wallet!

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