Homeowners can be left in the dark when it comes to selecting hot water cylinders from their local provider.
Many residents are easily suggestible or willing to opt for the convenient choice given the price and proximity of the installer.
Yet there are some fundamental forms of criteria that underpin how a purchase in this industry can be made.
Of course price is a natural starting point, but if the model lacks durability, requires consistent maintenance or fails to offer hot water on demand for the entire household, then how much will that price tag really come into play?
Let us outline some points of order that will giver you as the customer the best starting guide to selecting a product.
Do You Need An Improvement?
The first criteria that should be examined when it comes to the domain of hot water cylinders is simple – do you need an improvement to begin with? In the majority of cases a system that has been ongoing for upwards of 8-10 years will likely be in need of at least a service, if not an entire replacement. These can be expensive investments to make, yet allowing a poorly performing model to continue will only add to the cost in the long run. Before proceeding with a purchase, run a gauge of how the current product is working and crosscheck this matter with the provider.
Volume of Weekly Use
Before arriving to an outlet to discuss the range of hot water cylinders on offer in store, you should stop to consider what the volume of weekly use is for the household. Ask yourself some key questions regarding the time taken for showers, how many showerheads are used and if so, if they are simultaneous, any use of baths or spas, how much the washing machine is utilised and the alterations between hot and cold water needs according to the climate. The flow rate, showerhead size and litres per minute gauge are all dependent on the usage within the home.
Energy Star Rating
The energy stat rating system has been evident on household products for decades and can be seen brandished on washing machines, toilets and fridges in homes all across Australia. The same principle applies to hot water cylinders and this gives the customer an ideal gauge to see how efficient and eco-friendly the brand actually is. Determined by an independent adjudicator, this 6-star rating panel takes into account the climate zones and energy consumption figures for heating and cooling, informing the user about how applicable the item is for their particular circumstances.
Installation Logistics and Repairs
Hot water cylinders are broken down into three core groups: electric, gas and solar. The electric is regarded as the easiest model for installation purposes as it can be implemented in indoor or outdoor conditions without much logistical concern. Natural gas products are straightforward if a house already has the infrastructure to support the item, otherwise there can be an extensive project necessary to integrate that system. A solar option will require around one panel for every two residents alongside a tank, making it a double-barreled process. Beyond the installation itself, the customer should discuss any ongoing repairs and how the placement of the item could affect their ability to condition the brand.
Hot water cylinders can experience faults. No matter how much a brand will promote its durability features and innovate pieces of technology that makes it an industry leader, you as the consumer need to be protected from any hot water cylinders that do not come attached with a comprehensive warranty and upgrading plan. Homeowners will see residents come and go as the demand for the volume of water changes, ensuring that there should be the chance to upgrade and alter the system when those facts come into play.