Gas Or Electric Hot Water Heating
Did you know that your home’s hot water accounts for almost a quarter of your energy costs? Over time, that’s a lot of money wrapped up in hot water! So, the choice between which system – gas or electric, is a crucial one.
To save time and avoid a ‘panic buy’ it’s best to do some research now and replace your aging system before disaster strikes. Usually, when hot water systems come to the end of their life it’s a dramatic ending. So, the answer to whether a gas or electric hot water heater is best depends on your home, family’s needs, and what you value more.
Let’s break it down for you.
If safety is your biggest concern.
Electric heaters are generally the safest option since there is no gas/fuel to lead or potentially explode. The newer electric models combined with ‘off-peak’ electricity tariffs make running electric hot water systems far cheaper than what we have seen in the past.
If you’re aiming for an energy-efficient home.
Gas hot water systems are more energy-efficient as they heat water faster and don’t run as often as electric models. They are typically also smaller units. You can also install a continuous flow hot water system, also known as Instantaneous or Tankless system. These systems heat water as you need it, without a storage tank. That means you’ll never run out of hot water.
To throw another option in the mix for you – solar powered units are some of the most energy-efficient systems available. However, they are typically costly to install and if you need to use a booster in times of minimal sunlight can end up being costly to run.
To find out more about running energy-efficient systems, you can click here.
If you want to avoid costly installation.
Gas hot water units generally come with more upfront costs. If you currently run an electric unit and are wanting to install a gas unit, know that you will need to invest in a natural gas line installation by a qualified gas fitter. That cost coupled with the new gas system could add up to a more expensive initial outlay.
If you want to save money over time.
Although gas hot water systems come with more upfront costs, the savings on your energy and water bill will be seen over time. This analysis is based partially on the fact that natural gas is typically less expensive than electricity and you don’t need to worry about off-peak tariffs.
If you want a cheap option, fast.
If you’re currently using an electric system and it’s failed (or about to, read our list of warning signs here) and you just want to replace what you have, then stick with electric. Just choose a new, energy-efficient electric model to save on your electric bill over time.
If you need a lot of hot water.
Family of 6? Need a constant supply of hot water for lots of showers, washing up and clothes washing? Well firstly, read on how you can save money off your water bill here. then consider the size of your current tank: does it meet your needs or do you need a bigger unit? Then consider a continuous flow option, saving the need for a tank at all and ensuring you will always have hot water.
As you can see, the debate on whether gas or electric hot water heaters are better for you has many angles to consider. Always take time to review options on choice or the government sites which break down energy-efficient appliances.
Plus, you can talk to our expert team at Proximity Plumbing for advice on what will suit your current home. Feel free to call us today on 0420 102 394 for a free quote. We are pros at installing and repairing hot water systems and will gladly answer your questions. Plus, we guarantee to be on-site within the eastern suburbs in 30 minutes!