Choosing the right water heater may have a considerable impact on your energy bills. According to the Department of Energy, water heating is usually the second largest home expense. While you have many water-heating options, here are some of the added benefits of going with an electrical-powered water heating unit.
Perhaps one of the most common advantages of using an electric water heater is the lower cost of purchase. Compared to electric water heaters, gas-powered water heaters are often significantly more expensive, with some as much as double the price of an electric-powered unit. Installation may also be more expensive. Gas heaters may cost a few hundred dollars more per unit to install than an electric alternative.
Another benefit electric water heaters have over gas-powered units is that they do not need to be connected to a gas line. While gas line connections are very common throughout the United States, they are still not universal. Virtually every home has a connection to the electrical grid.
Electric water heaters have an inherent advantage over gas in that they are usually much safer to install and use. Gas-powered appliances may carry a slight risk for leaks. This danger requires extra precautions to be taken when installing these units, which can cost extra time and money. Electric units do not require the same type of safety measures, so those extra hassles and costs may potentially be avoided.
Heat pumps are a type of electric water heating unit that breaks all of the “rules” of standard models. Heat Pump water heaters transfer heat instead of generating it and may save significant energy over time.
If there is one benefit that should make electric water heaters stand out for consumers, it is that they generally last longer than gas-powered models. Gas-powered water heaters require a pilot light to operate, which may deteriorate over time requiring additional maintenance when compared to electric water heaters.
If you think an electric water heater may be a good option for you, contact The Pink Plumber today to have all your water heating questions answered.