Gas vs Electric Water Heater: Which Type Is Best For Your Reading Home

It’s up to you to decide which one best fits your needs
There are so many different water heater manufacturers that you can purchase your hot water heater from. Within those manufacturers, they give you plenty of options – two of which include gas and electric water heaters.
If you are trying to decide which type you want to have in your home, it would be beneficial for you to know all of the advantages and disadvantages of each. We service and install both gas and electric, but you need to find the one that best fits your needs.
Advantages of Gas Water Heaters in Reading

Convenient for a large family
Easier to repair than electric water heaters
The heating is gradual so it’s more energy efficient.
They can run on household LPG cylinders as well as on pipeline natural gas
You (the user) is able to control the rate of heating and also the duration
No electricity is required to run this type of water heater
Natural gas prices are not expected to rise in the foreseeable future

Disadvantages of Gas Water Heaters in Reading

These types of heaters can result in a considerable amount of pollution because carbon monoxide gets released into the air while burning the natural gas
The operational cost seems to be going up because of increasing gas prices (but everyone knows how often those fluctuate)
They are pretty bulky and occupy quite a bit of space
If this heater is installed in a home with multiple bathrooms, the piping process adds to the installation costs

Advantages of Electric Water Heaters in Reading

They can be installed almost anywhere
They are easier to handle than gas water heaters
The energy source required to heat the water is less expensive
There is no combustion of fuel, so there is no emission of carbon monoxide and no need for ventilation
The heating speed is faster than gas water heaters
The average life expectancy of an electric water heater is more than that of a gas one

Disadvantages of Electric Water Heaters in Reading

You need to have electricity in order for this type of water heater to operate
The purchasing cost of electric water heaters is more than gas
Electric water heater operating cost is also more expensive than gas
There is potential danger for a short circuit or fuse blow-off

There are goods and bads to both types of water heaters, and it’s up you to decide which one will work best for you and your family. If you have any further questions, or are ready for a water heater installation, call Essig Plumbing & Heating today!

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