What to consider when upgrading your hot water cylinder

If you’re dealing with a leaking cylinder, poor hot water pressure, a lack of hot water, or planning a renovation, it might be the perfect time to upgrade your home’s hot water system.

Here are some key points to consider for your upgrade:

  • Do you want low pressure or mains pressure hot water?
  • How much hot water does your household need?
  • Would you like to move the cylinder to create more internal space?
  • Are you interested in energy-efficient hot water options?

Taking these factors into account will help ensure you choose the best system for your needs, making your home more comfortable and efficient.

Do you want low-pressure or mains-pressure hot water?

Many homeowners dreaming of an upgrade have one thing at the top of their wish list: better shower pressure. After all, theres nothing more frustrating than a shower that feels like a dribble, making it a challenge to get clean.

Heres the good news: the cold water coming into your home from the street is at mains pressure. This means you can use it to boost your hot water pressure too. Imagine enjoying a much warmer shower experience without the annoying pressure drop when someone else turns on a tap. Plus, most homes find that hot water arrives much faster, so you wont be left waiting (and wasting water!)

However, with this fantastic water pressure, be prepared for family members to take longer showers—theyre just that good!

While most of our clients are excited about boosting their water pressure, we understand that some households might be concerned about water usage. If thats the case, there are options to reduce the pressure to help you save water.

How much hot water do you need?

On average, a 3-person household usually does well with a 180L mains pressure hot water cylinder, while a 6-person home typically needs about 300L. However, every family is unique, and so are their water usage habits. Your larger family might need less, and some smaller families might use more. Our team will chat with you about your typical water usage to find the perfect-sized cylinder for your home.

Thanks to improved insulation standards, modern cylinders are much larger than they were 20 years ago. If you’re switching to mains pressure, the new cylinder might be significantly larger, which could mean relocating it to a new spot inside or finding a suitable place outside. We’ll walk you through the realistic options for your home and help you choose the best cylinder

Would you like to move the cylinder?

When you first moved in, the existing cylinder was just part of the package. But during renovations or when deciding to upgrade, moving the cylinder can be a game-changer, unlocking extra space in your home.

Many families are thrilled with the extra storage gained from simply relocating their hot water cylinder. This might mean moving it to a more practical spot inside or placing it outside your home.

In recent years, moving the cylinder outside has become the most economical option. The new outdoor units, with their weatherproof, UV-proof, Colorbond coatings, are just as efficient as indoor models. Plus, they free up significant floor space inside.

Installing hot water cylinders is our specialty, and we take pride in installing trusted brands that are built for New Zealand conditions. When moving your hot water cylinder, choosing reputable products with local support ensures you have expert assistance whenever you need it.

Are you interested in energy-efficient models?

Did you know hot water can account for up to 50% of your homes power consumption? But for most ‘moderate-usage’ homes, it’s typically around 35%. While that might seem like a lot, nobody enjoys frozen showers or washing dishes and clothes in cold water!

To help lower your power bills, there are several hot water solutions that can reduce running costs and save you money. Heat pump technology, solar PV, and solar hot water are fantastic ways to create annual savings on your electricity bill. In some cases, the extra investment in upgrading to heat pump hot water can pay off within just four years! So, if youre thinking long-term, this could be a very worthwhile investment.

Of course, these solutions might not be for everyone. If energy efficiency is a priority for your home, let us know when you start exploring the idea of upgrading your hot water cylinder or hot water heating system. Were here to help you find the best solution for your needs!

How to upgrade your hot water heating system:

When you’re ready to plan your upgrade, we’ll come by for a free consultation to review and quote all your options.

Our expert team is happy to answer all your questions about the best hot water cylinder for your family and guide you through the choices that make the most sense for your unique needs. We want you to enjoy better water pressure, lower power bills, and warmer showers. Whether you’re considering an upgrade now or in the future, we’re here to help.

At Hot Water Shop, we take pride in offering fixed prices and free quotes. We always encourage our customers to get several quotes because we believe in being honest and fairly priced. For hot water solutions without the guesswork, youre in the right place.

Contact us to start your hot water cylinder upgrade journey—we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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