The introduction of instant hot water systems has made our lives a lot easier and more convenient. These systems are almost independent units which get connected to the taps in our homes in the kitchens, bathrooms or laundry, and they allow us access to warm or hot water whenever we want. But other than being instantaneous, are there any other benefits they offer home owners? What kind of systems are out there, and what are their relative advantages and disadvantages?
First, let us look at the three kinds of hot water systems you are most likely to get out there. The most commonly used type in many homes is the tank or storage type of heater. This type stores water and heats it up only when you need it before sending it to the faucet. It comes fully equipped with a number of features such as a filter and an adjustable thermostat. Its advantages include:
- Apart from having useful features like a filter etc, it is capable of producing large volumes of hot water. You never need to keep on refilling it. It is ideal for large homes or institutions
- However, it requires the services of a plumber in order to have it installed.
- Heating must be continuous in order to maintain the temperatures at the desired levels. This can be very expensive in terms of energy.
- Some units need various (more than three components to function). This is costly in terms of space.
The second type of heating system you can use is a tankless hot water system. This type is now growing in popularity due to its convenience. They are perfect for homes that do not have lots of space to spare. Some of its advantages include:
- It does not utilize a tank as the name suggests and they are very light and portable.
- It is so energy efficient because it doesn’t use a lot of electricity. It only heats water on demand and is so environmentally friendly.
- It does not require the services of a plumber for installation.
- Since water is heated as it passes through the heating device, you will have an endless and continuous source of hot water.
- Unfortunately, you have to keep on refilling it every time you need hot water.
- Their initial cost of installation is higher than that of traditional heaters
- Tankless operations depend on water pressure, and so systems like power showers cannot use it because the hot water cannot be delivered at faster flow rates.
The third option is to use a heat pump. It is the latest in the market and like the tankless cousin it does not store water and neither does it need a plumber for installation. It is operated by a built-in electrical pump or a push down pump. This system heats water much like a kettle or pot, and the quantity it heats is so little – no more than 5 liters.
Now, depending on your financial and domestic circumstances, you can use any of the three methods. One common benefit they all have is that they all negate the need for a kettle, and they are faster. You can get instant hot water for a number of cooking needs such as tea, coffee, baby formula or 2 minute noodles. Most importantly, the hazards of using a kettle like spillage and scalding are eliminated. The call is yours.