Electric Hot Water Systems

Looking for an upgrade to your hot water?

Electric Hot Water Systems

If your property is powered by electricity you will need to think carefully if you come to change your hot water system as depending on different factors in your home, your needs will ultimately be different. We have many customers that contact us every day and ask for a quote for a new electric boiler as they assume what they have in their cupboard is a boiler. Below we try and explain what you would need for each circumstance to make it easier to make a decision if you decide to buy a new electric hot water system.
The different options for electric hot water system are also much different in size, which is something that should be considered if you live in a small flat for example.

Electric Boiler

Electric boilers are needed if you have what is called a “Wet electric heating system” this means your boiler will be responsible for both your hot water and the heat going to your radiators. Electric boilers and heating systems as a whole have been rising dramatically in popularity since it was announced domestic gas will be phased out as of 2025 as the UK works towards net zero and more recently because of the spiralling cost of wholesale gas prices making having a gas system less and less favourable people are deciding to take the plunge and replace with greener electric options.

Hot Water Cylinder

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.

Still Confused?

After reading this you still aren’t sure what you need or what might be best for your circumstances, please feel free to either give us a call or fill in the short form and one of our team will call you back. We will give you free honest advice about what you need.
I contacted for advice on changing my storage heaters and boiler to something more efficient as my bills were really expensive. I spoke to Barry Thomson who came out the next day, conducted a survey of my existing heating and water system. He explained the products available, and the total price included removing the old system and installing the new one. I was surprised at how quickly I had my new system installed. The guys were very friendly, tidy and efficient. They explained how to work the heaters and left an instruction manual. Can’t recommend them enough. Wish I had done it sooner.
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