If you’re in the market for a new hot water system, chances are you’re going to have to decide between a gas and electric hot water system. If you’re new to the world of hot water systems, then this decision may be a little daunting, and there are probably a number of questions that you’re going to want to have answered before making a final decision. This article will compare both gas and electric hot water systems and provide some useful information that will help you make an informed decision when it comes time to buy a new hot water system.
The Electric Hot Water System
A typical electric hot water system generally features a cylindrical tank that maintains a steady supply of heated water for an individual’s home or apartment. Tanks can vary in size, but a good rule of thumb is to allow 50 litres for each person in the household if you don’t want to run out of hot water. An electric hot water system tank can be installed either indoors or outdoors, and it’s usually cheaper to purchase and install than a gas hot water system.
However, while the initial purchase cost and installation of an electric hot water system is often cheaper than a gas hot water system, water storage tanks can lose heat (even if they are insulated) and will require energy to keep them warm, which can result in a higher power bill. But as previously mentioned, a tank that’s too small can result in hot water running out, which is definitely not what you want if you’re the last person to make it into the shower in the morning.
The Gas Hot Water System
Gas hot water systems work differently to electric hot water systems and are most often continuous flow models. Continuous flow models are compact wall mounted tankless units that heat water instantly and only as it is needed. With gas hot water systems, when the hot tap is engaged, the cold water passes through a heat exchanger that raises the temperature of the water. This water then continues its path down the pipe. One of the main benefits boasted by gas hot water systems is the fact that the household won’t run out of hot water, which makes them ideal for larger families who need a lot of hot water.
Both electric hot water systems and gas hot water systems are perfectly capable of delivering hot water to your home or apartment. Deciding which is the right system for you will come down to a number of factors, including how many people will be needing to use the hot water, how much room you have available (tanks take up space), and of course how much money you’re willing to spend. There’s no right or wrong decision, but if you’re having trouble deciding, calling or visiting your local supplier of gas and electric hot water systems is a good step to take.