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Electric vs Gas Hot Water Systems

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

We have provided you with a side-by-side comparison of electric vs gas hot water systems to help you determine which type of hot water system you should invest in.


Energy Efficiency

  • Gas systems have higher energy efficiency as they burn fuel into heat directly

  • Electric systems tend to not be as energy efficient as gas, however newer models can be quite comparable


Costs

  • If gas is readily available and affordable in your area, operating costs are generally cheaper. Installation and initial costs are likely to be more expensive than gas

  • Electric systems tend to be slightly more costly, however installation costs are usually cheaper then gas


Heating Speed

  • Gas systems tend to heat faster due to direct fuel burning

  • Electric systems tend to take slightly longer to heat than gas


Environmental Impact

  • Gas systems directly emit carbon into the environment during combustion processes

  • Electric systems usually don't contribute direct carbon emissions into the environment, although the manufacturing of the product and the source of it's electricity may do


Size

  • Gas systems are typically larger and require additional space for ventilation and installation

  • Electric systems tend to be smaller than gas and require slightly less space as well


Maintenance

  • Gas systems require regular maintenance due to the gas burner, pilot, ventilation etc.

  • Electric systems tend to require less maintenance than gas


Reliability

  • Gas systems are fairly reliable when well maintained, however malfunctions may still occur and cause a lack of hot water or leaking gas

  • Electric systems tend to be more reliable than gas as there is fewer components that could malfunction


Lifetime

  • Both gas and electric hot water systems have similar lifetimes of around 10-15 years, given that the system is well maintained. As discussed earlier, gas systems require higher maintenance.

  • In regards to hot water system lifetime, consider the following factors: quality, brand, maintenance, water quality, usage patterns, location, and environment.







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