If you are considering replacing your water heater, it is essential to look at your fuel source’s most efficient models. You may be replacing an older model or are in a new home and need to choose a model. Gas or electricity are the two primary fuel sources. But which is the best option for you? At A-list Plumbing, we provide hot water tank installation & repair in Shoreline. We can go over your options and help you make the right hot water choice.
Do You Have Natural Gas Hookup?
If you think of a gas water heater, that is the first thing you need to consider. If your house is entirely electric, you may have to go with an electric tank unless you are willing to add gas hookups.
If you have either gas or electric options, the next thing to look at is installation cost. Electric hot water tanks can be cheaper to install, and they do tend to last longer. But before deciding, you want to get the bigger picture.
How Much Does it Cost to Operate?
When determining how efficient a water heater is, the measurement used is an Energy Factor or EF. The higher the EF score the heater has, the more efficient it is. Electric units often have higher EF scores but the cost to heat the water is three times that of a gas hot water tank. Natural gas hot water tanks have much lower operating costs annually. So even though the installation may be higher, overall, they save you money.