When talking about hot water heaters, there are two water heater types that compete on which is better between them: the electric water heater versus the gas water heater. Each of the two has their own similarities and differences as well as their respective pros and cons. With the two carrying out a similar function as a hot water heater, it is still up to the user’s preference in choosing which one they will use for water heating.
On the side of the electric hot water heater, many people worry about an increase in their electric bill and the amount of money to be spent on its repair. With these downsides, these are some of the reasons why other people opt for a gas water heater instead.
The Cost of an Electric Hot Water Heater
People have the impression that electric water heaters come at an unreasonable cost; also, a number of TV commercials suggest that gas water heaters are better because of their lower price and uninterrupted function even when the power is unavailable. But more than power issues, it is also a concern whether propane or natural gas is available in your area. Also, using natural gas or propane poses a risk to safety, e.g., explosion hazard or fire.
The Advantages of an Electric Hot Water Heater
In comparison to gas water heaters, the electric hot water heater guarantees safety and a faster rate of heating. And despite the concern for its cost, it is worth its price for long-term use. Here are some of the advantages in using an electric water heater:
The electric water heater is easy to install, requires neither ventilation nor maintenance, and doesn’t occupy too much space.
What you pay for goes a long way, and this type of water heater requires no additional cost since it doesn’t use fuel.
Electric hot water heaters are built to maintain their temperature, as they provide hot water continuously. Apparently, the insulation of the water heater has a direct effect on the temperature inside the tank.
This type of hot water heater is generally more efficient without the continuous burning pilot light that consumes unnecessary energy and gas. And with the lack of a pilot light, less supervision is needed and less overall energy is used compared to a gas water heater.
With only electricity and water, your electric water heater is ready to operate.
Before installing an electric hot water heater into your home, you should carefully consider some significant details first: the water heater’s technical features, the safety equipment, the supplier’s warranties, the service contract, the various tank sizes available, the cold water entry, the brand, etc.
Ultimately, it is still up the person which among the two water heaters will work best on his/her home. The availability of energy source, the cost, and even the number of hot water users in a household are some of the factors to be considered. But if long-term functionality and safety are your priority, then you can never go wrong with the electric hot water heater.