As our planet grows older and we all start to become more educated about the effects our existence is doing to it we are becoming ever more concerned about the ways in which hot water is delivered to our properties. It's not just on a domestic scale many new commercial developments today are extremely focused on just how the overall energy consumption a building is using.
At Mayfair Plumbing we have certainly noticed a large swing towards more energy efficient methods of heating water. Depending on the system selected for the property enough energy can be generated from the sun to provide hot water for almost 3/4 of the year without any contribution from the grid or gas consumption.
In an ideal world everyone would have access to 5 star energy efficient heating methods for their water, but unfortunately this is not always the case and in the majority of the world they are not taking advantage of what could potentially be saving them hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year on their utilities bills.
In South Australia we are particularly lucky in a sense that we have full access to gas (either bottled or piped), electricity and sun (solar). Whether or not people and developers are taking full advantage of this is another question.
Manufacturers such as Rheem are amongest the popular water heating companies in Australia today because they offer a broad range of systems. Starting off with the not so energy efficient is the electrical storage models. These come in various sizes and can be located inside or outside of the property. Moving towards the far more energy efficient models is the gas fired systems whether it be a storage style of system or a continuous flow model these are extremely popular across Adelaide. BUT what would now be considered the most energy efficient range of water heaters is anything which has a solar component involved, which I will go into detail in the next paragraph.
Solar is the future of energy efficient hot water in Adelaide the reason is that while you are using the sun's rays it costs nothing! Solar hot water systems are typically partnered with a secondary heat source in times of cooler weather particularly during the peak of winter they will rely on this heating component to top up the water temperature in the cylinder. Fuel such as gas or electricity can be used to contribute to the warming of the water inside the tank. Typically speaking in South Australia a solar hot water service will deliver enough heat for around 9 months of the year without the need for any additional fuel source to heat the water making this an exceptional source for energy efficient hot water.
There are of course many options when it comes to using the sun's rays to heat our water. In a commercial arrangement you will now see that many roof tops have a large bank of solar panels where the water is first fed through these numerous panels to preheat the water, it will then return through a number of continuous flow water heaters in case the water temperature needs topping up and it is then stored in large cylinders for times of peak demand for hot water ie: night times when majority of tenants or occupiers are at home.
With many councils and architects now specifying that a development must comply with a minimum 5 star energy rating it's no wonder we are now seeing so many hot water installations combined with a solar component.
Our business model specialises in the repairs and servicing to these systems, we also participate in the new installations of these types of hot water services. Locations such as Mawson Lakes and Woodcroft where this technology has already been in use for 10 plus years we are now seeing an increase in our service and repair calls. In locations such as Henley Beach and Glenside there is still a large amount of new installations being performed due to the large amount of new homes still being constructed today. Whatever your hot water needs are please contact us today.
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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.