Plumbing Choices - Gas and Electric
As people make plumbing decisions when building new homes, the water heater seems to be overlooked, even though it is the most used appliance. There are several things to consider when choosing either a gas water heater or an electric water heater including the home’s other appliances, cost, and family size.
If you are custom building a house, you will most likely will get to choose whether you want a gas or electric water heater. You will get to make all kinds of plumbing decisions, but this particular one will make the biggest impact on your life. Of course if you are just replacing the appliance, it probably easiest to replace gas with gas and electric with electric, but if you have a choice, that is the lines are installed or can be installed for both, consider your home’s existing appliances. One of the downsides to having a gas water heater comes into play when the rest of the home is equipped with electric appliances such as the oven, range, stovetop, and heat.
If a water heater is your only appliance that accumulates usage on your monthly gas bill, consider that you will be paying a set up and billing fee regardless of how much gas you use. It definitely pays to have more than one gas powered appliance. On the other hand if you’re A/C heating is gas and your water heater is gas, the set up fee may be worth the expense in the winter time, but the summertime will have you paying the same set up fee for the minimal usage.
Most cost analysis will determine that a gas water heater is cheaper to use annually than an electric one, but when you figure the aforementioned into the cost analysis, the numbers may become in favor of a different choice especially if you are looking into running gas lines. However, the initial cost is significantly less expensive than that of the electric counterpart.
Actual convenience of usage is also a good deciding factor. An electric water heater heats all the water in the tank at one time which means if you use a lot of hot water then you run the risk of running out hot water before you get to take your late night shower. With all the other stresses that accompany running a household, making and sticking to a hot water usage schedule is the last chore you want to have to do.
If you are hiring a plumber or if your builder has a plumbing contractor, ask him for his opinion or ask him to help you do the research. He has the resources to help you gague your water usage based on the size of your family making it easier to predict which choice is the best for you.
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