Choosing the Best Water Heater for Your Family
Our main concern when deciding which water heater to use should focus on its efficiency since according to the department of energy, our use of energy is about 14 to 18 percent use of water heater. Gas and electric water heaters, for your references, are the two types of water heaters that you can choose from. Know that in order for gas water heaters to produce the energy needed to heat your water, it use natural gas, while electric heaters use the electric resistance coils to produce the energy you need to heat water. It is said that 60% of homes in the United States use water heaters that are gas powered, but this does not necessarily mean that a gas heater is right for you and your family. Be informed that in order to compare the efficiency of a gas or electric water heater, you can compare their EF number or energy factor number that is found on these two appliances. Be advised that the water heater with the bigger number has more efficiency.
Therefore, we have some tips for your consideration to help you decide which water heater is best for your needs.
Let us look first at the advantages in buying gas heater. Generally, gas heaters would pay for itself energy wise after a year of use. If you have a large family, gas water heater is a good option since it can heat more water per hour than an electric water heater. Also, even if you do not have power, gas heaters will still work.
Be informed also of the negative sides of a gas heater, and these are, it is lesser efficient than the electric water heater, it is more costly to buy than the electric water heater, heat loss is more probable through the walls of the storage tank, there is a risk of explosion because of a gas leak, and there is a need to install additional piping because of its gas exhaust.
Some of the advantages in buying electric electric water heater are the choice of smaller or larger tanks, savings on energy,and you need only a small area.
Depending on which area you live, the cost of electricity against the gas will matter, plus the size of your family, will ultimately help you decide which water heater you will buy for your family use. Be informed that gas and electric heaters usually have similar installation costs and will last several years.