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Electric Storage Buying Guide
An electric storage mains pressure hot water system is a electrically heated storage tank system which are relatively cheap to purchase and install but usually have the highest running costs of all options available on the market. They are often placed in laundries, cupboards, under the stairs or outside and comes in variety of literage options starting at 25L and up to 400L. The running cost can be reduced if the systems is connected to run on the off-peak electricity supply but a larger tank is required as the water heated overnight has to last you all day. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Gas Storage Buying Guide
A gas storage hot water system is a gas heated storage tank system which uses a gas burner located underneath the storage tank to heat the water, A continuously burning pilot flame is located near the burner which ignites the main burner when it is needed. The heat generated by the burner is then transferred to the bottom of the cylinder and some flows from the hot flue pipe. All units have an adjustable thermostat to set the water temperature so when the temperature at the bottom of the tank drops below the level set on the thermostat the pilot flame ignites the main burner so the water is kept constantly hot. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Heat Pump Buying Guide
A heat pump hot water system is also a type of electric storage hot water system however it is a much more efficient version as it works on the same principals as air conditioners and fridges. Heat pumps work by transferring heat from one location to another. It uses energy extracted from the air to heat water. Heat pump units usually feature an integrated tank and compressor but some models have the tank and compressor as separate features and some will have a booster element for cold or high demand day. Some heat pumps can be fairly noisy, so check noise level and consider potential noise impacts on neighbours. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Instantaneous Electric Buying Guide
Instantaneous water heaters are one of the least common hot water systems used in Australia and are usually found in studios, granny flats and small commercial premises as they are very compact and fits in tight cramped spaces very easily-even in a small cupboard, or above the sink. They are also known as demand-type or tank-less water heaters as they provide hot water only as it is needed with a constant supply of hot water so you don't need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water which means they don't produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Solar Buying Guide
A solar hot water system consists of collector panels and a storage tank and two main types are available in the market. Thermosiphon solar hot water system have both the collector panels and the storage tank mounted on the roof. The liquid in the panels circulates into the tank via the thermosiphon effect while Pumped or split solar hot water systems have collector panels on the roof but the tank is located at ground level. Hot water is pumped from the panels to the tank. Collectors may be flat panel or evacuated tubes. Evacuated tubes are generally more efficient so require less panel area but they're also more expensive. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Continuous Flow Gas Buying Guide
A continuous gas flow hot water system is a smaller wall mounted unit that heats the water using Natural or LPG gas as you use it, rather than storing it like more traditional hot water systems will do. They provide continuous water flow to the shower or the tap being used until it is turned off however they can waste some water during the time it takes for the heat exchanger to get going and potentially waste one to two litres each time the tap is turned on. While there a number of brands that offer Australian households plenty of continuous flow systems, here are a few of the more well-known brands. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO