A hot water system is a system used to supply hot water for use in a house. There is use of a given source of heat energy to heat the water to the required temperature. The system is also fitted with pipes to deliver the hot water to where it is used. Hot water has several uses at home including bathing, cooking, cleaning and can also be heated to steam which has several uses like steaming of food.
There are different types of hot water systems and are mostly classified depending on the source of the heat energy to heat the water. The most common include:-
Solar hot water system
This system makes use of the solar energy from the sun to do heating. It is used for small scale heating and where the water is not to be heated to very high temperatures. Water from a solar heater can be used for bathing and cooking.
Electric shower heads
This is a point of use heating system where water is heated as it flows over an electric heater. The water then flows directly to where it is used. This system is very common in our bathrooms nowadays for heating of our bathing water.
Geothermal heating system
This system uses hot gases from the center of the earth to heat water. It is not common as it is only in countries which experience volcanic activities.
Before you install a hot water system, it is important to consider the following in order to get the best out of your expenditure.
Uses of the hot water
Solar water heater would be the most economical for bathing water and water for cleaning as this water does not need to be heated to high temperatures. Water for cooking may call for use of electricity.
It is also important that you consider the cost of the system to avoid being stuck halfway in your project. This would mean that you see whether the finances you have will take the project to completion.
Availability of the source of heat or fuels
Using a solar heater would call for the availability of solar energy. Installing such a system in cold places would be an informed decision which will just lead to loses.
Since the heating energy would be from the environment it is good that you consider its effect on it to avoid such things like pollution.
This system is important to us because of the following:-
- It saves time as hot water is readily available whenever needed
- It cuts down on expenditure.
- hot water is a disinfectant.
I would thus recommend that we all install hot water systems to enjoy these benefits.
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