Looking into purchasing a new system to heat up water in your home? They can be a big investment, but it’s worth it to weigh which system to purchase for your home. The right choice can last you for many years and will be able to cope with the demands of your household, the wrong choice could be costly in the long run both in terms of your monthly bill, installation costs and repair or maintenance costs. So which one should you choose when it comes to systems for gas hot water or electric?
Gas hot water vs. electric
When considering a new water heating the top question that most homeowners consider is whether to choose gas hot water or electric. There are also a few other options that you might have come across such as;
Heat pumps tend to be slightly more costly than electric or gas hot water systems, they work a bit like a refrigerator but they’re hot instead of cool! They work by extracting heat from the air to warm up your water.
An efficient and eco-conscious choice, solar systems allow you to heat the water in a storage tank by using energy taken and stored from the sun. They are becoming more and more popular as people turn away from fossil fuels.
Instant hot water
Tankless systems are also becoming very popular especially in apartments and small dwellings where space is at a premium, these systems sometimes known as instantaneous systems can be both electric or gas hot water heated systems but if you’re looking at the traditional electric and gas hot water systems, which one should you get?
Heating up the water in your household is one of the largest factors in the total energy costs of your household, usually contributing to around a quarter of your total energy use so the choice between systems in an important one – so which one is right? The option you choose should depend on a few different factors including your home environment, where you live, your household and family and the lifestyle you live.
Here are a few things you should know about electric systems, which are designed to use an electric element similar to a kettle to heat up the water in a tank.
They’re more common
You will almost definitely have come across a household using an electric tank system at some point in your life, they are a very popular kind of system that many households use. As new systems are being introduced and more households are adopting solar energy, they are slowly becoming less popular and are being phased out in some places in favour of more efficient technologies.
They’re not as efficient
Electric systems have a reputation for being expensive and less efficient when it comes to operation although it is possible to time them to heat water during off-peak times which can save money and make them more efficient.
They’re cheap and simple to install
One of the reasons electric systems are so popular is because they have a smaller upfront price and they’re easy to install and quiet to run.
Gas hot water systems
These systems operate in a very similar way to electric systems but rely on gas instead as their main energy source, there are a few advantages that you should be aware of;
They’re inexpensive to run
Gas is often cheaper than electricity and often helps to save people a lot of money with their inexpensive operation with no need to worry about ‘off-peak’ times and tariffs.
They have a larger upfront price tag
Buying a gas hot water system is often more expensive at the start as the systems attract a higher price tag and must be installed by a professional fitter.