Continuous flow hot water systems are small wall-mounted units that heat water as you use it, rather than heating it slowly and storing it in a tank, like storage hot water systems. So, if you plan on installing a new hot water system but you have limited space, then a continuous flow hot water system may be the best choice for you.
This article will discuss all you need to know about continuous flow hot water systems and their advantages and disadvantages. This should help you decide if a continuous flow hot water system is the right unit to use in your household.
How it works
Continuous flow hot water systems work by pushing cold water through copper piping and applying heat directly to these pipes. When a hot water tap is turned on, a flow sensor is triggered and starts the heating. In a continuous flow gas system, it triggers a burner. In an electric system, it triggers a heating element.
The water is heated to the necessary temperature, then fed straight through your tap. When the tap is turned off, the unit also stops working.
There are three types of continuous flow hot water systems in terms of energy source.
- Electric continuous flow hot water systems
- Gas continuous flow hot water systems
- Powered by natural gas, or
- Powered by liquefied petroleum gas
The pros and cons of using continuous flow hot water systems
To know if this type of hot water system is the best one to install in your home, compare the following benefits and disadvantages of using continuous flow hot water systems.
Benefits of using continuous flow hot water systems
- Never run out of hot water. As the name suggests, it provides continuous hot water. The supply will not run out no matter how many people are consecutively using the shower or bath.
- Energy-efficient. Continuous flow hot water systems only heat water when you are using it. It does not require the water to stay hot when it isn’t being used. This means there are no standing losses and no energy input to maintain the temperature of the stored water.
- If space is an issue, then a continuous flow hot water system is perfect, as it doesn’t need a cylinder or tank, like a storage hot water system.
- Easily adjustable temperature. A continuous flow hot water system heats to the required outlet temperature without heating to 60oC first. The temperature is easy to adjust to your liking, and it ensures that the hot water is not scalding.
- Power source flexibility. Depending on the power source available to you, you can install a continuous flow hot water system that is powered by NG, LPG, or electricity.
- Varying sizes and capacity. Continuous flow hot water systems come in different sizes and delivery capacities. Therefore, they can suit different types of households, whether family homes or smaller dwellings.
Disadvantages of using continuous flow hot water systems
- There can be a delay before the water reaches sufficient temperature.
- Limited capacity. You may need multiple units to supply a large home with numerous bathrooms.
Have your hot water system replaced by Link Plumbing and Gas Service
Link Plumbing and Gas Service specialises in the service and repairs of all types of hot water systems, including Rheem, Thermann, Rinnai, and Bosch, to name a few.
Our plumbers and gas fitters are all licensed, and our services comply with the standards and regulations in WA. Get in touch with us for a consultation, and our team will be glad to assess your needs to advise the suitable hot water system for your home. Call us on 6252 0326 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your hot water needs.