Gas or Electric
We’ll help you pick the right one!
You might be certain that you need to purchase a water heater, but which kind, gas or electric? There are pros and cons to each option, as well as other considerations like efficiency, recovery rate, first hour rating, and operating costs. Garry Richard’s Water Heaters Only is here to help you pick the right water heater for your requirements.
Gas Water Heaters
Take a look at the pros and cons of gas water heaters below and pick a product that suits your requirement.
Gas Water Heaters
Maintains water temperatures with less energy
Heats water more quickly than electric
Short and tall models available
Excellent warranties available
More expensive to install
Requires more space to install
There are a few considerations while opting for a gas water heater. These include:
Other Considerations – Gas Water Heaters
Look for an efficiency rating of at least 55-65%
The water heater’s recovery rate (how much water the tank can produce in 1 hour) should be around 30-40 gallons/hour, with a first hour rating (how much water is produced in 1 hour of continuous usage) at 50-60 gallons/hour
Expect operating costs around $120 per year
Electric Water Heaters
Safer than gas
No venting is required, so installation is less complex
Only a small space is required for installation
Less expensive to purchase
Requires more time to heat water
Can be more expensive to operate because of the amount of electricity required to heat water
Other Considerations – Electric Water Heaters:
Look for an efficiency rating of at least 88-95%
The water heater’s recovery rate (how much water the tank can produce in 1 hour) should be around 20-22 gallons/hour, with a first hour rating (how much water is produced in 1 hour of continuous usage) at 70-80 gallons/hour
Expect operating costs around $400 per year
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