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Improving a Cylinder's Water Efficiency

Homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to improve the efficiency of their home and keep energy costs down. George Linder, product manager at Heatrae Sadia outlines why hot water systems are no exception to this below, which is why it is worth installers taking the time to outline the key considerations when it comes to ensuring cylinders are running at maximum efficiency. 

Whether a hot water cylinder has been installed alongside a gas-powered system or a regular boiler, installers can help customers to enjoy sustained peak performance of the no cold-water feed cistern to save energy and cost. This can be done by explaining the following best practice planning and installation examples to customers:

Size it right
Right from the word go, heating engineers are responsible for assessing the hot water needs of the household to understand what size cylinder is suitable. This is based on factors such as the frequency of delivery and recovery time required. Correctly anticipating the likely demand on the system will ensure consumers are never left without hot water or unnecessarily heating water they won’t use.

Smooth installation
As installers often go from house to house, completing one job after another, it’s good to have the option to purchase a ‘ready-to-go’ cylinder to speed things up. These cylinders benefit from being pre-wired and plumbed from the factory floor, making them quicker and easier to install. This also minimises the likelihood of anything going wrong during the installation process, reducing the overall cost of the system.

Ergonomic design
The way the cylinder is designed ergonomically can impact its efficiency. Those that have all of the components enclosed within one casing, including expansion vessels, have fewer moving parts which means that less heat is lost.

Correct insulation
With all the technological advancements in the industry, it can be easy to overlook some of the more basic developments, for example, maximising insulation to help eliminate heat loss. Proper insulation ensures that thermal energy cannot escape through poorly manufactured casings. This is why cylinders such as the Megaflo Eco are designed with carefully moulded one-piece insulation.

Most installers are aware that each of the above factors can have a significant impact on the efficiency of a cylinder, which is why it’s so important to have these conversations with customers. Those who are looking to cut costs on energy bills will be grateful to gain a better understanding of what to look out for to improve efficiency within their home.

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