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Gas Vs. Electric Water Heaters

Scholasticus K Mar 10, 2020
Whether the heater is running on electricity or gas, both provide different advantages and disadvantages while heating water. So, with both heaters pros and cons you can decide which is the best for your house.
Water heaters constitute a hefty part of the electricity bill in a household. Researchers believe that water heating consumes around 15% - 25% of the overall energy used by a family. A water heater which gives satisfaction in terms of usage and economy should be preferred when you go to buy one.
The two typical types of storage tank or tankless water heaters available in the market today are - gas water heaters and electric water Heaters.
A decision on which one to buy should be taken while keeping a few things in mind, such as the supply outlet or the pipeline you have in your house, the space being occupied by the appliance, the level of usage (i.e, for a couple of individuals or a larger group), and the source with which it has to be operated (gas or electricity).

Gas Water Heaters

As the name suggests, gas heaters primarily use natural gas to heat water. A small chamber filled with water is heated with the help of burning natural gas or liquid petroleum gas. In fact, these heaters were used even before the invention of electrical appliances.
Even today, many sophisticated natural gas water heaters are being used by many people. Natural gas happens to be a cheaper source of fuel, and the cost incurred is also quite low when compared to the electric versions.

Advantages Of Gas Water Heaters

Gas water heaters are basically quite convenient for a large family.
The basic advantage of these water heaters is that, the heating is gradual, and hence, supports energy conservation. If you use the hot water immediately, then you are successful in saving a huge amount of heat energy.
A very good advantage of many of the modern gas water heaters is that, the user is able to control the rate of heating and also the extent of heating.
No electricity is required to run this water heater and these heaters can run on household LPG cylinders as well as on pipeline natural gas.
Gas water heaters are easier to repair as compared to electric water heaters.

Disadvantages Of Gas Water Heaters

Gas water heaters result in a considerable amount of pollution, as a reasonable amount of carbon monoxide is released into the air while burning the natural gas.
In addition to the pollution, the operational cost of gas water heaters is getting higher day by day, owing to the energy crisis and increasing gas prices.
Gas water heaters are also pretty bulky, and occupy a considerable amount of space in the bathroom.
If you have installed the heater in a house or bungalow with multiple bathrooms, then the piping and related mechanism also adds to the installation cost.
In case of gas heaters operated by biogas, the installation cost of the decomposing machine is very high, and also requires a lot of space.

Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters have become very common due to the convenience that they offer. The principle of heating is simple and is used commonly throughout the world.
A copper coil is used to transform electricity into heat energy for the purpose. Several modifications have been made to this design over the course of time. However, the basic principle remains the same.

Advantages Of Electric Water Heater

Electric water heaters can be installed almost anywhere and are easier to handle.
The energy source required to heat the water in electric water heater is less expensive and as there is no combustion of fuel, there is no emission of carbon monoxide, and there happens to be no need of ventilation.
The basic advantage of electric water heaters is that the speed of heating is extremely fast.
The average life expectancy of an electric heater is more than that of a gas heater.

Disadvantages Of Electric Water Heater

Electricity is a must for its operation and the purchasing cost of this water heater is more than the gas water heaters.
The cost incurred in operating an electric water heater is more expensive than a gas water heater and there can also be a potential danger of a short circuit or a fuse blow-off.
In this world of science and technology, both these water heaters have been framed to consume much less fuel or energy that was required earlier. New developments are carried out, and there are many other water heaters that have surfaced in the recent past and can add to your choice.
Comparing both the heaters that have been discussed earlier, there are many models available at different ranges. This makes it a complicated process to find out the better of the two. Basically, both these water heaters are quite productive and have a long life.