When it comes to water heaters, the question of whether to choose gas or electric water heaters is never-ending. Summer, winter, day or night, you need a reliable, inexpensive water heater to run your house and your life. Both gas and electric have their pros and cons, both walk the talk. But which one is better? If you are thinking about a replacement home water heater here are some pointers that might peak your interest.
Heating water is the second-largest expense for most homes, taking up between 14%-18% of utility bills. A good water heater works efficiently, to reduce costs, but is still ready when you are with an uninterrupted supply of hot water. But how costly is this and how safe is it?
Most tank heaters use electricity or gas. The energy type already in your home can help you decide which type of water heater you should buy and how to hide it!
There are 5 main types of water heaters.
Most gas heaters take one hour to heat around 50 gallons of water, catering for a family of four people, and they have a fast replacement time, compared to most electric heaters.
Electric water heaters, on the other hand, take time to get your water to a usable temperature, but once they so they leave gas water heaters way behind. Using a timer, they are easy to use and installation is a breeze. For maximum performance each year, make sure to place your water heater on your maintenance checklist. as part of your annual energy audit.
The cost to run gas water heaters is lower, with natural gas costing less than electricity. That doesn’t make gas heaters cheaper.
You have to take two things into account; electric water heaters have a longer life expectancy and their units are cheaper to buy than gas units.
Taking these into account, the costs can often balance out.
While the cost of running your water heater is a priority, you want a unit that is super safe. Gas water heaters require adequate and proper ventilation, space and maintenance, or they can become a weapon of mass destruction. Maintenance includes checking the pilot light, gas pressure and leakages.
Electric water heaters are often compact and generally safer. They don’t require ventilation and have built-in safety switches if your power has a surge or is overloaded. But if you have a power failure, then you have hot water failure too.
Which one is more efficient?
Gas heaters heat up faster, but they also lose a lot of heat. The tank, exhaust, pipes all lose heat, consuming more natural gas in preparation for your next shower.
There are ways around gas leakage, such as wrapping your unit in foam insulation, to help it be more energy efficient.
Electric heaters don’t use or need insulation. All they depend on is constant supply of electricity. If you live in a power problem area, take note, if your electricity supply is inconsistent so is your hot water supply.
While gas water heaters can heat up faster and cost less to run, electric heaters can be safer and energy efficient. Which one suits your home the best?