Water Tips for The Average Joe

Choosing the Best Water Heater for Your Family

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. 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. 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. 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.

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

Be informed first of the pros if you purchase a gas heater. Generally, gas heaters would pay for itself energy wise after a year of use. Since gas water heater is able to heat more water per hour than an electric water heater, this is your best option if you happen to have a big family. Also, during power outage, gas water heaters would still work.

On the overall, the disadvantages if you choose a gas heater are the following, it is less efficient than electricity water heater, it is more expensive than the electric water heater, heat loss occurs more through the walls of storage tank, gas leak proves a risk of explosion, and its gas exhaust would need you to install extra piping.

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.