Hot water systems are essential for most homes, especially during winters when the temperature dips and you absolutely need heated water for bathing, dishwashing and doing laundry. If your old hot water system conks off or if you are installing a fresh one for your newly built property, certain steps will help you better prepare for hot water installation in your home.

Consider Budgeting for Upfront Costs

While some people are prepared to pay higher upfront costs for lower running costs in the future, you must consider your own personal circumstances before making a decision. Electric water heaters cost between $300 and $1,500, gas water heaters cost between $900 and $2,000, solar water heaters cost between $2,000 and $7,000 and heat pumps cost between $2,500 and$4,000. This indicative pricing guide should help you consider your own budget when paying up front for the hot water system. You may even be able to choose a payment plan if you're looking to buy solar, heat pumps or gas heaters for your home but don't have the full amount up front.           

Consider Your Water Heating Needs                                         

Before you invest in a specific water heater, consider the water heating needs of your household. While everyone may need hot water in their houses, the amount will vary in every household. For example, families with more children will need a larger hot water system than couples or singles. If your children play sports regularly, they may need to shower several times a day, which will increase your hot water needs. A four-person household usually needs between 125 and 160 litres. You must consider your own water heating needs before establishing the right capacity with your plumber.

Consider Energy Efficiency Ratings                       

High electricity bills are enough for you to want to consider energy efficiency on high priority when choosing a new water heater for your home. Hot water systems can consume a tremendous amount of gas or electricity so you may want to look for energy efficient solutions for your specific needs. Gas hot water systems are typically considered more energy efficient than electric ones. Gas can typically save up to 30 percent of energy bills in comparison to electric water heaters.  Solar heaters may also be worth considering for their energy efficiency but they typically have higher upfront costs than all other water heater types.   

Preparing in advance for hot water installation will help you make the right choice when it comes to your specific household needs.