Technology has changed the way people receive hot water to their homes along with the ever increasing awareness for the environment which has helped drive the change in hot water systems.
Back when I first started my own business I would get a lot of jobs involving low pressure hot water systems in the roof, these systems were very popular back in the 1960’s and 1970’s throughout Adelaide. They were usually a large copper tank which sat in the middle of the house where the roofs pitch was its greatest to allow maximum room for the unit to be installed and later serviced. They were either powered by electricity or natural gas. Although these tanks would last for 20 plus years (with some routine maintenance performed in between) because of the low pressure inside the tank and the fact that the tank was copper (great resistance to corrosion) people were always disappointed with the low pressure from these tanks.
As technology and systems had moved on from the in ceiling hot water systems people started requesting alternatives to their old system. If my customer had natural gas pipes already to the property I would suggest that they look at installing a mains pressure instant gas hot water service (which is a small box that sits on the wall and only creates hot water on demand) or if they did not have natural gas I suggested they look at installing a mains pressure electric hot water service storage unit, most commonly a 250 litre unit would be supplied. The change from low pressure hot water to mains pressure was a welcomed relief to my customer.
Now moving forward from these days many more options are now on the market such as Solar Powered Hot Water, Heat Pump Hot Water Systems, Gas Storage, Solar Boosted, Electric Continuous Flow and the most common Natural Gas Instant Hot Water Systems.
In some circumstances if you do not have gas already installed to your property and it is available in the street the government are offering rebates to have a gas powered hot water service installed which is a great incentive to install a new Instant Hot Water Service.
Some of the common brands that I install for my customers are Rinnai, Rheem and Bosch. Rinnai have a large focus on instant hot water systems (the small box that sits on your wall) and in my experience offer good value for money in these range of system. Options that people often consider when installing a new gas powered instant hot water system such as a Rinnai B16 or a Rinnai Infinity 26 is a control pad which allows you to dial up the desired temperature from your bathroom before even getting in the shower. In the past these controllers needed to be wired up, but just recently the manufacturers have released a wireless controller which eliminates the need to run cables and makes installing these controllers to existing house’s much easy for me the plumber and cheaper to the customer as the labour time is less than halved.
When it comes to choosing the right size hot water system for your house it is quite simple, if you have a small house with only one bathroom, laundry and kitchen a Rinnai 16 is a good choice, the number 16 stands for how many litres a minute of hot water this unit will deliver. If you have a larger house which has two bathrooms, laundry and kitchen then a Rinnai Infinity 26 is a better choice delivering 26 litres a minute of hot water. In some circumstances these days due to the size of houses and distances between bathrooms some builders are installing two hot water units (one at each end of the house) so that people don’t have to wait long periods of time to get hot water.
The best thing about all this new technology is that majority of these systems deliver a minimum of a 5 star energy rating and some even as high as 7 stars which means my customers are miles in front when it comes to their gas and electricity bills and considering the ever increasing costs in these this is a huge bonus.
I look forward to hearing from you soon about your next hot water project. Please feel to look over our yellow pages listing for some extra information also.
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Aaron Stewart owns and works in the business of Mayfair Plumbing & Gas Fitting from there offices now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Aaron and his team of licensed plumbers and design consultants are passionate about there work. In this blog they will bring you plumbing and gas tips gathered from around the globe over 20 plus years of experiences in the many different fields of plumbing. If you are looking for a plumbing firm who can do everything from design, construct, project management and scheduled on site maintenance contact the Mayfair Plumbing Group.