When you’re in the market for a new water heater, one of the most important decisions you’ll face is whether to choose electric water heaters or gas water heaters. Since heating water is the second-largest expense in your home, according to the Department of Energy, you definitely want to choose the one that’s best for your needs and your budget.
We’ve put together this guide to help you determine whether a gas or an electric water heater is best for your home.
Electric Water Heaters
Electric water heaters are your most affordable option upfront. If you’re replacing your current electric water heater, sticking with electric will also be less costly than installing a gas heater. Because they run on electricity, electric water heaters will have a major impact on your water heater, especially if it isn’t properly insulated.
Electric water heaters also take longer to heat water and can take several hours to recover between uses.
Gas Water Heaters
A gas water heater will cost you more in the beginning, but it could save you significantly in the long run. In addition to heating water faster, they require less energy to do so than electric water heaters. This means that a gas water heater will have less of an impact on your monthly bills. Using less energy also means that gas water heaters are friendlier to the environment.
Gas heaters also require additional safety precautions, and they need to be vented to the outdoors. The seal on the combustion and power venting needs to be maintained regularly to ensure safety.
Choosing the Right Water Heater
In addition to deciding between gas and electric water heaters, you’ll also need to consider whether you’d prefer a conventional water heater with a storage tank or an energy efficient tankless water heater. If you opt for a heater with a storage tank, you’ll need to decide what size to purchase.
If you’re in the market for a new water heater in the Phoenix area, Plumbing Masters can help. Our technicians are here to help you make an informed decision and choose the water heater that is best suited to your home, your budget and your family’s needs. Schedule your service online or you can call 602-296-1127.