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Know Some Differences Between Water Heaters to Guide You in Your Decision

Efficiency is said to be our main concern when choosing a water heater because our consumption of energy, according to the energy department, is about 14 to 18 percent from our use of water heater. Know that there are two kinds of water heaters that you can choose from, and these are gas and electric water heaters. 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. Gas water heaters are used by 60% of homes in the United States according to information, however, this does not automatically mean that you and your family would best to use this type of water heater. Note that there is an EF number or energy factor that you can read on both gas and electric water heaters, and this will guide you in comparing the efficiency of both appliances. Be informed that the more efficient the water heater appliance is, the bigger is its number.

You can follow some pointers to help you make the right choice when buying the water heater for your needs.

If you decide to buy a gas heater, know first its benefits. 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, during power outage, gas water heaters would 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.

On the electric water heater side, its advantages are that you can choose larger or smaller tanks for your short and long term use, it will only give you hot water if you turn it on thereby it is more efficient because your water is not always heated thus you save energy, and it requires only less area since you do not need a release exhaust.

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. Note that gas and electric heaters usually have the same installation prices will last several years.