Purchasing An Electric Hot Water System

Electric hot water systems

1st Choice Hot Water are the experts for electric hot water systems in Brisbane and Australia wide. Our experienced team can help you find the ideal electric storage hot water system for your needs including supply and installation.

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Electric storage hot water systems are the most common type of hot water heater and used by about half of Australian households. With their simplistic design and reliability, electric storage systems are suited to a wide range of domestic and commercial applications. Electric hot water systems prices are generally much cheaper than other hot water services while they are also the easiest to install.

Electric storage hot water systems are available in a range of sizes depending on how much hot water your household needs. It works just like an electric kettle with a heating element inside the system. Hot water is kept at a consistent temperature in an insulated storage tank so it is ready as soon as you turn on the tap. As you use hot water, the tank is refilled and that cold water is heated to maintain a steady supply.

Should I Choose An Electric Hot Water System?

When it comes to selecting the best hot water system, electric storage is relatively cheap to buy compared to other options like natural gas storage systems but more expensive to run. However, you can offset the cost of an electric hot water system by choosing off-peak storage units or solar PV panels. It will make your electric storage hot water heater more energy efficient and still provide you with reliable hot water.

It is important to have the correct sized unit when purchasing an electric storage hot water heater to ensure that you don’t run out of hot water. Systems that have been designed to run on off-peak electricity need a larger tank as the water is only heated overnight and has to last the entire day. However, you can also use a continuous flow hot water system heater as a booster for an electric storage system with a small tank.

Continuous flow systems are more expensive to buy and install, but save on energy costs as they only heat water as it is needed. This will help when there is a high demand on the limited capacity of your electric storage hot water system, such as using a shower and dishwasher at the same time. 

The Benefits of Electric Hot Water Systems

Consider the benefits of an electric storage hot water system or speak with the experienced team at 1st Choice Hot Water for all your hot water needs.

The good:

  • Reasonably inexpensive to purchase.
  • Can be offset with Solar Power.
  • You can save on installation costs if you’re replacing an existing electric hot water system of a similar size.
  • Save on running costs by using off peak tariffs to heat your water during low demand.

The not so good:

  • More likely to emit greenhouse gases compared to other units (if not running off a renewable energy source).
  • Off peak tariffs can sometimes increase your risk of running out of water during heavy use. Your water won’t be reheated until the next off peak time (Correct sizing is important).

FAQs About Electric Hot Water Systems

How does an electric hot water system work?

An electric water system uses electricity to heat water. Electric water systems can either heat water for instantaneous use (a continuous flow system) or they can store hot water in a storage tank so that it is ready to go when it is required. Electric water heaters are the most common type of hot water system in Australia - to find out which type of electric water system will be the best for your needs, just give us a call.

How do I choose the best electric hot water system Australia has to offer?

If you want to choose the best electric hot water system Australia has to offer, there are a few things you should consider. First of all, you should consider the size of the unit you will need, the budget you have to work with, the energy efficiency, and the brand. The most popular brands in Australia for hot water heaters are Rheem, Rinnai, Dux, Stiebel, and Vulcan. We stock all of these brands and have the best prices available on the market.

Should I get a Rheem electric hot water system?

If you are looking for an energy-efficient hot water system, Rheem is a great option. Rheem’s hot water systems are high-performing, energy-efficient and affordable. They also have a substantial warranty, and they are lightweight, which makes them easy to install.

How do I choose an energy-efficient hot water system?

The best way to choose an energy-efficient hot water system for your home will depend on your energy source, your home size and your budget. If your home is connected to mains gas and gets a lot of sunlight, the best system for you could be a solar storage hot water system with gas boosters. If your home doesn’t get much sun, another good option is instantaneous gas hot water systems. Heat pump systems are also highly energy-efficient - they use electricity to run, but they are approximately three times more efficient than traditional electric systems.

What hot water system is the best for the environment?

If you are looking for the most environmentally-friendly hot water heater on the market and something that will reduce your energy consumption, solar water heating is a fantastic option. Solar hot water systems use clean solar energy, which means no greenhouse gases are released in order to heat the water. This makes systems that are powered by solar panels the best choice for the environment. Solar systems can work in tandem with natural gas systems or electric systems so that you can rest assured you will always have hot water when you need it (even if it’s not sunny out).

Are electric water systems affordable?

Electric systems are cheaper to run than natural gas systems because electricity is a more efficient energy source. Electric systems have fairly low upfront costs, and can even be pre-set to do most of their heating during off-peak periods to minimise your energy bills. Electric systems are the cheapest to buy and install but are often more expensive to run in the long run - unless they are powered by a solar power system.

What are the different types of electric water heaters?

There are two main types of electric hot water systems - electric hot water storage tanks, and continuous flow (instantaneous) electric water heaters. A storage tank system holds a large amount of water in an insulated storage tank, which keeps the water hot and heats it when necessary.

An instantaneous system on the other hand only heats the water when it passes through the pipes. There is also a range of other options, such as solar hot water systems and heat pump systems, which incorporate low amounts of electricity to help boost water temperatures.

Got a question we haven’t answered?

If you have a question about gas hot water systems, heat pump systems, solar systems or electric hot water systems that we haven’t answered, just get in touch. Our hot water technicians are highly-trained, skilled, and knowledgeable about every type of hot water heater. They can repair old systems, install new systems, and provide you with advice about which system will meet your household and budgetary needs.

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