The energy efficiency of hot water heaters has improved tremendously over the years. Some models are more efficient than others. The average life expectancy of a typical hot water heater is 10-13 years. So it is just good sense to choose a model that saves you money.
Electric Versus Gas
First you must decide whether to buy an electric or gas water heater. If you are replacing an existing water heater, check what type you have now. Is it gas, electric, propane or solar? If your home is not equipped for gas it would require the installation of gas and could possibly run into permit and building inspection issues.
So just what’s better, electric or gas hot water heaters?
In many parts of the country natural gas is the most economical. It is typically three times cheaper to heat water with natural gas. However, this depends upon the availability of natural gas vs propane and the cost in your region.
If you already have gas in your home but have an electric hot water heater it may save you money to run a gas line to a water heater. In a rural area where propane is your only available gas be aware it is usually less expensive than electricity but it isn’t assured. Compare the cost of propane versus electricity in your area and consider that a gas water heater will generally operate at a cost about one third compared to the cost of electricity.
Solar Hot Water Heater
Typically a homeowner can save as much as $500 in the first year by installing a solar hot water heater. It usually takes five to seven years for a solar water heater to pay for itself. Be aware though, solar heaters often require a backup system to reach the 120 degrees recommended for a water heater.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless, also called on-demand water heaters provide hot water when you need it without a storage tank. Tankless units use gas or electricity and can cut your hot water cost by 24% to 35% according to the U. S. Department of Energy. The savings are due to the elimination of standby energy usage, the cost of keeping water heated in a tank.
Tankless units may be useful in supplementing a distant water heater with a tank. They aren’t always appropriate for all applications and there are exceptions to their saving you money.
Currently residential gas models supply only five gallons of hot water heated by 90 degrees per minute. That is generally sufficient for a family of one or two. If you have a large family, or need to run two water using tasks at the same time, a tankless system probably won’t meet your family’s needs. Electric models are even less efficient producing about two gallons a minute heated to 70 degrees.
Tankless equipment can last longer (about 20 years) than tanked (about 10 to 15 years) due to less exposure to corrosion.
Cost of a tankless system can be from $200 to $1000. The more expensive they are, the more hot water they produce per minute generally.
Of the two, gas is generally more energy efficient and costs less to operate than the electric tankless. If the gas tankless has a pilot light, it can waste a lot of energy. A gas unit will require a vent to the outside.
If you are unsure, your Sugar Land Plumbers are your best advisor for your families.
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