Comparing Gas vs. Electric Water Heaters

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One of the first decisions you’ll have to make in water heater installation is what fuel source you’re appliance is going to use. Technically, there are four options for water heating fuel sources: gas, electric, oil, and propane. Oil heating is significantly more expensive, and it has been declining in popularity for many years. Propane is basically just an alternative to natural gas: people who want gas heating but don’t have direct access to a natural gas line can safely and efficiently substitute a propane tank with more or less the same effect.

So really, the choice is between natural gas and electric water heating – and it’s not a simple one. You’ll definitely want to talk to a professional plumber at Radiant about your specific situation before choosing. Only a skilled local expert can tell you what hook-ups are most immediately available and what people in your area are finding success with, and which fuel source better suits your home. Our team of plumbers is always willing to help customers across Central Texas get the water heater that’s best for them.

Gas vs. Electric: What’s Better for Water Heater Installation?

Keep in mind that every home is different, so you’ll want a recommendation from someone who is familiar with your particular set-up. Here are some of the basics of comparing gas and electric water heaters:

Gas Water Heaters

Pros: The advantages of a gas water heater include cheaper fuel, higher performance rates, more advanced water heating technology, and more available rebates.

Cons: Typically larger and require more extensive ventilation to prevent combustion byproducts from entering your home. Gas water heaters are generally more difficult to install, so

Electric Water Heater

Pros: Cheaper installation, simpler function, safer operation (no carbon monoxide risk), and longer lifespans. If you want longer-lasting heating, then this is the right choice.

Cons: Electrical water heaters are typically less efficient in the long run. You may find your gas water heater costs more to install, but has a shorter payback period and larger monthly savings.

Contact Radiant Plumbing if you want to learn more on how gas or electric water heating is the perfect fit for your next water heater installation!

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