Electric Hot Water Systems vs Gas Hot Water

Posted on 13/06/2013 ยท Posted in General, Services

Hot water is something many people take for granted until they find they no longer have the luxury. When it is time to replace the hot water system in a home, there are two choices, gas or electric systems. Both types come in either a storage model or a tankless model. The storage water heater has a tank that holds the water that is heated. The tankless model simply heats the water when the tap is turned on. When the hot water tap is turned off the burner shuts off as well.

Pros and Cons of Electric Hot Water Systems

Electric hot water systems are much safer to operate as they do not use a combustible material to operate. If an emergency arises, all that has to be done is for the unit to be unplugged. In addition, this type of hot water system is much more energy efficient.

There are some negative aspects to the electric hot water system as well. One of the problems is that if the power goes out, there is also no hot water in the house. Another negative aspect of the electrical system is that they will cost more to use as it is more expensive than gas. However, as they are more energy-efficient and the price of gas is going up, this may change in the future.

Pros and Cons of Gas Hot Water Systems

Gas water systems guarantee that even if the power goes out you will still have hot water. While showering in the dark may not be ideal, at least the water will be warm. Another benefit of the gas water system is that typically natural gas costs less than electricity to run.

One problem with gas water systems is that a good ventilation system is necessary in order to avoid carbon monoxide building up. In addition, it is important to have the system installed by a qualified plumber to make sure that it runs correctly. These systems can be a bit more dangerous than their electric counterparts.

For more advice on gas or electric hot water systems, talk to the experts at Andrew Thwaite Gas & Plumbing. They can educate you on the best option for your home and assist with installation and maintenance.