Should You Leave Hot Water on While Away on Holiday

Whether or not you leave your hot water on while you are on vacation will be determined by a number of factors. These include the age and location of your water heater, its hosing or piping, and the amount of time you will be away on holiday. 

How Old is Your Hot Water Heater?

If your hot water heater is approximately (or older than) 10 years old, you may want to turn off your hot water heater when you leave on holiday. Older heaters have a greater risk of leaking or rupturing and may cause damage to your home while you are away. 

You should note that it could be difficult to turn on an older heater after a holiday as well. If you plan to be gone for a day or two, it may not be worth it, especially since you may have to wait for you post-travel showers. 

Where is Your Hot Water Heater Located?

If your hot water heater is indoors, you may want to turn it off while you are away. Even if your hot water heater isn’t aged, if it were to leak or rupture while you were away, it could cause flooding in your home. Unchecked for a period of time could cause costly repairs. 

Braided Hoses or Copper Pipework?

If your hot water heater is connected with braided hoses, turn it off when you leave for your holiday. Braided hoses are created out of rubber and can rupture under pressure. If you have copper pipework, there is a smaller chance that your heater will cause damage. 

How Long Do You Plan to Be Gone?

If you are gone for a weekend or a few days, there may be little difference on whether or not you turn off your heater. It is unlikely that you will see much of a change on your bill either way.

If your holiday will last for a few weeks (over a month), you may save a fair amount on your utility bills while you are away if you turn it off. Ensuring that your water heater is off will also prevent water damage if something were to happen to your hot water heater.

Use “Holiday Mode”

Instead of turning your hot water heater off completely, you could also reduce the heat to between 10-20°C while you are away. You won’t have to worry about restarting the heater when you return, you may still save a few pennies per day on your utilities, and it is less likely that your hot water heater will explode.

Can a Hot Water Heater Explode?

A hot water heater can explode if the pressure relief valve of the hot water heater malfunctions or the temperature is set too high. The best way to prevent your hot water heater from exploding is by making sure you keep it at the manufacturer’s recommended temperature or lower. 

As the hot water heats and turns to gas, the heater needs to release its pressure through the relief valve. If the valve malfunctions, the pressure will build until it ultimately explodes. When it explodes, it is likely to shoot through your roof, causing damage to your home. Exploded tanks have often been found several blocks away from its origin. 

Is it Cheaper to Leave Your Hot Water System on All the Time?

It is generally cheaper to turn off your hot water system when you don’t need it and only turn it back on 30-45 minutes before you take a hot bath or shower. Allowing your hot water system to continually run requires it to use the boiler periodically to keep it a specific heat. 

Some systems have a central heating programmer to give you a little hot water in between periods where you need a lot. 

Beat the heat this summer: Our 5 tips for choosing the perfect air conditioner for your home.

As we countdown to Christmas, the mercury is starting to rise in preparation for some serious heat these holidays. To keep your guests (and yourself!) cool and comfortable whatever the temperature, you can’t go past the latest air conditioner technologies.

But how do you know which air conditioner you need? Here’s our 5 top tips for picking the air conditioning solution that suits your room best.

 

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How to choose the right air conditioner for your home

  1. Calculate your wattage per square metre. Air conditioners generally need at least 120 watts per square metre to cool or warm at maximum efficiency. That means you’ll need to find a model that has the right capacity for the space it’s in. If you choose something that doesn’t quite meet your requisite capacity, your investment could end up causing you more money in energy bills or go up in smoke because you’ve put to much strain on it.
  2. Do you need to split? Split systems are the most effective home air conditioners types. They’re quieter, more powerful and more energy efficient – good news if you want to cool a really large room or your entire home. Many have extra features like WiFi, air ionisers and motion sensors to increase air quality and efficiency even further. Some will even sense whether there’s a human in the room and direct the air flow towards them.
  3. The Eco Solution. An inverter air conditioner is often kinder to the environment because you can set the temperature you want and a sensor varies the compressor speed to match. By contrast, conventional air conditioners are always working flat out 100% of the time. Inverters therefore deliver more consistent airflow, improved temperature regulation and increased energy efficiency.
  4. Open a window. If you’re after a more affordable solution and don’t mind losing part of your windows or wall in the name of feeling comfortable, window or wall air conditioners might be a worthy alternative to split systems air conditioners. You might want to custom make an insect guard if you opt for a window model though, because you’ll need to keep your window open at all times.
  5. Take it with you. If you’d prefer not to install something permanent or you’re living in rented accommodation, a portable air conditioner is your best bet. They’re not as effective but they cost a good deal less and they’ll keep you relatively cool in a pinch. They’re also great for moving from room to room so you stay comfortable wherever you are in your house.

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