Gas or Electric: What’s Better For You?When you’re looking to find the right water heater, it’s useful to compare the two side by side to determine what type is right for you. Our plumbers are here to point out the differences between a gas and electric water heater. Take a look at how the two contrast in the 4 following areas of criteria:
- Cost Efficiency: This holiday season, you’re probably looking to keep your holiday budget intact. Fortunately, gas water heaters are generally cheaper and will continue to supply hot water even during power outages. If you’re not looking to a high amount of money on water heating or simply can’t afford the higher prices of an electric water heater, a gas water heater is better simply due to its excellent cost-efficiency.
- Safety: The real drawback to a gas water heater is that it runs on natural gas or propane. As we all known, one mix-up with natural gas or propane can be incredibly hazardous, resulting in health consequences or even the loss of your home. Electric water heaters boast high safety ratings due to a lower risk of fire or explosions.
- Adaptability: Adaptability is key when you need hot water year-round. Gas water heaters are able to supply you with hot water even during the event of power outages. Since electric water heaters are dependent on a generator, you may not have access to hot water the second you lose access to your generator.
- Lifespan: The average water heater can last you between 15 to 20 years. While gas water heaters can continue to provide hot water for all of your plumbing fixtures during a power outage, they can’t offer the same longevity as an electric water heater. An electric water heater can provide you with hot water for years to come.