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Which Is Better: Gas Or Electric Hot Water Systems?

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Choosing between having a gas or electric hot water system may not be as easy as it seems. Especially considering there are a number of different styles, varieties and brands to pick from such as Rheem, Rinnai, Dux to name a few. And seeing as hot water is essential for your day to day living, it’s crucial you pick the best source that works for you and your home.

When you’re deciding between a gas or electric hot water system, there are a few points you need to take into consideration:

How many people are residing in the property? This is important as it will help to determine how much hot water is being used during the day. Will a larger system be needed if more people are using hot water? And also the main use for the hot water. A commercial property may be using hot water for cooking and industrial cleaning and may be different from the use of private residential property.

The space in your property. You will need adequate space available for your hot water system or it will not work efficiently. Any pipework will need to be accessible also. This is dependent on the space where you are considering of having the hot water system. Remember some hot water systems can be installed only outside and some only inside and some systems can be installed in both areas of your property. A thorough inspection of your property by the plumber will determine the best area for your gas or electric hot water system.

What heat source is available. You cannot have a gas hot water system if your energy source does not support gas. And the same goes for electrical.

What type of hot water service you are looking for. Storage tank or continuous flow (instantaneous)? Keep in mind that instantaneous hot water systems only produce the hot water when needed and storage tanks store the hot water for you.

Energy Efficiency. Choosing an energy efficient system will benefit the environment as well as your pocket. Gas is commonly considered the most energy efficient hot water system and you can refer to the energy star rating.

Costs to run the hot water system. The ongoing running costs will be a consideration as well as the first initial install of the system. Hot water systems differ in the installation process as well as the ongoing running of the hot water system. Your choice will depend on how much you are wanting to spend upfront and also the duration of using the hot water system for example maintenance and repairs costs should be a factor to consider.

So which is better? Gas or Electric Hot Water System?

All of the above points are important to think about when your choosing between a gas or electric hot water system. You are better off to call a licenced local plumber to clarify any questions you have as they are the most experienced in all types of hot water system installations and will help you in finding the right hot water system for you and your home, whether it be gas or electric. Below is a brief outline of the difference between a gas and electric hot water system that you can choose from.

Gas Hot Water System

There are many benefits to having a gas hot water system. It is quicker when it comes to heating and it is more environmentally friendly as the gas emissions are lower compared to electric hot water systems. Most houses are choosing to have gas as an energy source in their homes due to high energy efficiency but due to ventilation, a gas hot water system would usually be installed outdoors. There are three types of Gas hot water systems, Storage where water is heated and stored in an insulated tank and used when required, Instantaneous (continuous flow) where water is heated only when required and does not need a storage tank and Solar water heater with instantaneous gas boosting, where a solar hot water system uses gas as a back up the heat the hot water.

Electric Hot Water System

Most homes commonly run off electricity. So having an electric hot water system would be the best option for them. Having an electric hot water system would be ideal for larger homes with more residents as they are able to hold and heat large quantities of hot water. An electric hot water system also has the benefit of being installed outdoors and indoors. There are also two types of Electric hot water systems, Storage tank, Instantaneous. Both work differently and deciding on what kind of electrical hot water system you want depends on your home and the amount of water you will be using.

Let a fully licenced and experienced plumber help with choosing between a gas or electric hot water system

When choosing between gas or an electric hot water system, you need the expert opinion of a licenced and experienced local plumber. One who will take a holistic approach when suggesting what hot water system is right for you. They will take into account your lifestyle, home surroundings and your budget. They will find the best hot water system for you and your home whether it be a gas or electric hot water system. Give your licenced plumbing team a call to get your hot water installed.


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