When deciding between a gas water heater or an electric one, there are many things to consider. Life time cost savings is one of the many advantages of gas water heaters. Installing one in your home can result in a reduction of energy usage. Since hot water accounts for 14-18 percent of your electric bill, this can be a considerable savings over time. However, gas water heaters can have higher up front costs.
WHICH GAS WATER HEATER IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Storage Tank Heaters: This is the most common style of water heater. It’s a standard cylinder that stores water which is maintained at a constant temperature. These come in different sizes, and heating capacities. One of our technicians can explain how to decide what size is right for your household size and water usage. There are also three types of storage tank heaters:
- Atmospherically Vented: These heaters must have a vent, or flu, that leads outside to release the byproducts of the gas used to heat the water.
- Power Vented or Sealed Combustion: These heaters have self-contained units that manage the byproducts of the gas used to heat the water.
- Condensing Tanks: A condensing tank uses a coil system, much like a refrigerator, to manage the byproducts of the gas used to heat the water.
Tankless Heaters: Tankless heaters, also called demand heating systems, are smaller units. These heat water very quickly, as it is needed so there is no need for a storage tank. Gas is the best option for tankless systems because it’s more efficient for heating water quickly. These systems offer long-term savings because there is no need to maintain a reserve of constantly heated water.
Combination Space and Water Heaters: These are whole-home systems that use heated water to help warm living spaces. Choosing this type of system could replace your furnace as well as your water heater, and will require a considerable upfront investment. However, combination systems are not well-suited to all locations.