If you have electric heaters (storage heaters or panel heaters) which is the most common across Scotland, you will probably not have an electric boiler but instead, have a hot water cylinder. The heaters are either plugged in or wired into your homes power supply and the hot water will be dealt with separately from the cylinder. These have come a long way since they first came out when they were big and clunky and took hours to heat a tank of water. The modern-day cylinders can charge a full tank of water in as little as 26 minutes for a full-size tank. If you are looking at this option there are a few important things to think about.
1. Do you have a bath or shower in the property?
2. How many adults live at the property?
3. How often do the people in the house bathe
By thinking of these points it allows you to think about how much water you really need to be held in reserve, for example, the needs of a single person who only has a shower will be completely different from the needs of a young family who need access to hot baths regularly.
Once you understand how much water you need you can then start to think about what cylinder you need. If you don’t have a bath and have an electric shower for instance you could have what is called an in-line water heater which means you wouldn’t need to have a big cylinder in your home at all and could potentially open up a cupboard for storage space. Whereas if you need a bigger capacity you will need a cylinder then it just becomes about matching the correct size for your needs.