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Your spouse suddenly runs out of the shower, soapy eyed and screaming! “What happened to the water heater?!” If your trusted Old Faithful water heater has given up on you, and you're looking to replace it with something sturdy and futuristic, then don't panic. We'll get you up to speed with what's available on the market.
Instant Vs Storage Water Heaters: What’s the Difference?
It's important to know the difference between the two. If you're the type of person that takes long Hollywood showers, then one of these is just not for you.
Instant water heaters just as the name suggest. When you switch on the tap, water flows over a heating element that controls the temperature based on how far you've turned the heating dial. As long as there is a constant flow of water over the heating element, you get as much instantaneous lovely hot water as your heart desires. It's perfect for your big Hollywood showers, but it loves electricity and is not very energy energy efficient.
Storage water heaters are completely different. Water is preheated and stored and in an insulated tank. The water is at a constant heat and to get it to the perfect temperature, you'll need to switch on the hot and cold tap simultaneously to dilute this stored water. Hardly ideal for your Hollywood showers if you have a small storage tank, but if protecting the environment is a serious issue for you, then you may find yourself braving the inconvenience to get yourself one of these babies.
Rain Shower Heads - The New Edition to Luxurious Shower Technology
If the idea of a shower head that sprays water on you as if you were being rained on is somehow tantalising, then you need one of these: a rain shower head.
Fencing prices as high as S$200, this contraption is your very own rain cloud in your bathroom. Lifestyle magazines swear by it, claiming the gently dispersed seeds of water mimic how nature meant to give us a shower, leaving you feel pampered and invigorated.
There is a bit of a catch though. You need a storage water heater, because instantaneous water heaters have flow restrictors on them, that are simply incompatible with rain shower heads. That doesn't necessarily mean you can't have a long shower. It just means you'll need a bigger storage tank.
Residential Centralised Water Heating
Big families with 2 or more bathrooms in the house, may find it more economical to invest in a storage water heater. Having multiple instantaneous heaters in the house is sure to run up a massive electricity bill. Having a large storage tank that can provide for all the bathrooms, means you only need one heating unit for all your bathrooms, provided your piping can handle the extra load.
Out With The Old, In With The New
Forget the clunky plastic white facades of the dreary old water heaters. Now you can buy a water heater that is slim, sleek and a focal point for your bathroom. If you are keen on avoiding the garrish cylinder tanks that come with standard storage water heaters, then look no further.
Ariston water heaters are carefully crafted in Italy, and make a stunning addition to modern contemporary bathroom designs. Singapore homes value economic usage of space, so Ariston water heaters have sleek and slim tank designs that look barely there.
I want a storage water heater. What size is best for my family?
There is never a clear cut answer to this age old question. Typically, storage size is dependent on usage patterns. So if long Hollywood showers run in the family, then you'd best invest in a sizable storage tank to accommodate your needs.
If your family showers simultaneously, or consecutively with no breaks in between, such as the morning rush to school and office, then a large storage tank is a valuable investment.
However, if you and your spouse do shift work and shower at different times with more than 20 minutes of break in between, then a small tank will do just fine.
Here's another thing to keep in mind. If your idea of an end to a stressful work day is a nice hot soak in the bathtub, then a bigger storage tank is your best friend. Don’t get caught out with a lukewarm soak. A good rule of thumb is the size of your storage water heater at about 25% of your bathtub. You'll have plenty of hot water for a nice bubble bath, and just enough to spare for a good shower.
Some suggestions for quality water heaters in the market:
Instant Water Heater
Instantaneous Water Heaters use Constant Temperature technology – the latest technology in the market for water and energy saving.
Find out more about Ariston AURES Series instant water heater here at Ariston.com.
Storage Water Heater
If you want beautifully designed storage water heaters that saves space, check out Ariston Andris Slim 30 electric storage water heater.
Find out more here at Ariston.com.
How not to get a headache during installation
1) Always get a certified professional to install your water heater. It wasn't designed by IKEA, so unless you intend to pay for another one, this product is more D N D I Y: do not do it yourself.
2) It never hurts to do your research. If you're keen on a model, then check online for compatibility, reviews and maintenance, so you know exactly what you're getting yourself into.
3) Always choose a water heater that gives you the performance you like, while also saving water and electricity. Your wallet will definitely thank you in the long run.
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