A gas hot water system is truly one of the household’s most used and least thought about appliances. When it is operating smoothly, no one gives a second thought to the powerful machine that provides you with all your hot water needs. But just think about the times the hot water has run out when you were in the shower!
That sudden shock of cold water it is a sharp reminder of just how much we depend on our water heaters to maintain our lifestyles and our quality of life.
Your hot water system needs to be practical, economical, efficient and, most of all, reliable. But with so many makes and models on the market these days, how can you make an informed choice? Luckily the expert plumbers and gasfitters at Collin’s Plumbing, Gas and Heating have put together a few tips to help families throughout Auckland and New Zealand decide on the best hot water heating system for their needs.
Know What Your Hot Water Needs Are
The first thing that you should be aware of when choosing a hot water heating system is exactly what your family’s hot water consumption is. You wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without knowing if they were your size and the same principle applies here. You can contact your utility provider for an accurate breakdown on your monthly hot water usage. It also pays to keep in mind whether the hot water needs of your family is going to grow or shrink in the future. There’s no point in having a large sized hot water unit when only two people are living in a home, but if you’re planning on growing your family, it might be a worthwhile investment.
Know What Your Options Are
It is hard to shop around when you have no idea what you are looking for! By doing some research on what models are available you can get an edge when it comes time to choose. Reading online reviews or consumer magazines is one way to find the information you need. You can also speak to a professional plumber or gasfitter from Collin’s Plumbing and get practical and friendly advice. Look for competitive prices when you’re shopping for your unit but remember that price isn’t everything. Something that looks cheaper now may become more expensive after years of regular malfunctioning and repairs.
Know What Your Budget Is
How much are you willing to spend on a new gas water heating system? The answer to this question may depend on your current circumstances and what you have planned for the future. A hot water system is a big investment and one that should last you for many years. Figuring out what your monthly energy cost is will also prove helpful when setting a budget.