Gas vs. Electric Water Heater

Like most appliances, water heaters continue to improve in efficiency and ease of use.  And while many of us are creatures of habit, we tend to replace gas and electric water heaters with the same type.   

But let’s say your current water heater was purchased before April 2015. If you went out shopping today, you’d be surprised just home much things have changed, especially with water heaters with a capacity of greater than 55 gallons.

Gas Condensing Water Heaters

Gone are the days of the gas water heaters you once knew and may have loved.  Today, in the 55+ gallon size, you now have gas condensing water heaters.

  • These require more physical space than older models with the same storage capacity.
  • The average home owner will save $100 per year to heat their water.
  • They cost less to heat water than electric water heaters.
  • Less wasted gas which accounts for the added energy savings. Water heats up almost as quickly as the tank is re-filled, so no more waiting for hot water to arrive.

Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters

If gas isn’t available where you live, an electric water heater may be your only option.  But the electric water heaters you once knew have been replaced by electric heat pump models.  Here’s what means for you:

  • Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. Therefore, they can be two to three times more energy efficient than older model systems.
  • Because heat pump systems draw heat from surrounding space, they too need more room around them than older model electric systems.
  • You’ll save an average of $400 per year compared the cost to operate a conventional electric water heater.
  • When the ambient air is warm enough to heat your water, the unit will switch to an all-electrical mode.

What happens if you can get by with a water heater smaller than 55 gallons in storage capacity.  You can still get the kind you’re accustomed to, with one exception.  They’re bigger than older models due to built-in insulation to improve their energy efficiency.

If it’s time for a new or replacement water heater, contact Plumbtastic today so we can explain your options and answer all your questions.  More than that, we’ll help you select what’s best for your home and budget.

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