How Water Heaters Have Changed Our Lives … Water has always been essential for all living things, and for many centuries, man had to make do with cold water for bathing, and the good old fire was the only way to heat the home.
In the 19 th century, people began using coal fired boilers to heat water for domestic purposes, and for many years, it was the only way to obtain a regular supply of hot water.
Along came gas
Gas hot water systems have been used for many years, and the systems consist of a boiler, and a pump which sends the hot water around the house through a series of pipes, and this heats the home. Gas is very flammable, so the system should be installed and maintained by qualified technicians.
If one has a gas powered water heater, and lives in Western Australia, Peter Stannard Plumbing and Gas is Perth’s plumber of choice, and can install or repair any system at a reasonable cost.
Electric water heaters
In Australia, they are known as instantaneous hot water units, and they have several advantages over the traditional tank and pump system. The water is passed through the electrical device which heats it up, and If one wishes to use only a little hot water, it is far more economical than heating a tankful of water.
The other advantage is that the hot water is more plentiful than if it comes from a tank, and generally, electric water heaters use much less energy than a traditional hot water tank system.
Solar powered water heaters
Modern technology has brought solar technology into the energy field, with solar thermal panels that use the direct sunlight to heat water, which is passed through the panels, then pumped to different locations around the house.
Solar hot water systems can save the homeowner a significant amount in utility bills, and they are becoming more popular, as people realise the energy saving capabilities of harnessing solar energy. The latest technology means that solar thermal panels do not need direct sunlight to work, and that means one can have hot water, even on cloudy days.
A higher level of convenience
Those who were born in the 1950’s will remember just how difficult it was to have a supply of hot water in the home, and one certainly couldn’t just turn on the tap and expect a flow of hot water.
Modern systems provide ample hot water at any time, and with cost-effective systems, the energy used is now much less. Modern living is far more comfortable and convenient, and with a choice of energy sources, the homeowner can select a system that is best suited for the home and climate.
Clean, renewable energy is set to become the norm, as technology unlocks ways to harness the sun’s power, which is a welcome breakthrough for the planet. The use of fossil fuels will gradually reduce, as more and more people realise that clean energy is not only cheaper, but more eco-friendly.