If you’re in the market for a new water heater, you may be wondering what type would be best for your home. Two of the most popular water heater types are electric and gas-powered, and while each has its own benefits, one may be more suitable for you than the other.
Here are some of the major differences between the two:
Upfront Cost Lower Higher
Operational Cost Higher Lower
Life Expectancy 10-15 years 10-15 years
Available Styles Tank Tank
Heat Pump Hydronic
Energy Factor Rating 0.75-0.95 0.60-0.70
Typical Four-Person Family Size 80-gallon 40-gallon
We know that choosing a hot water heater may be a little overwhelming – especially since there are so many different styles. For more information about the difference between a traditional tank water heater and a tankless, check out our blog here. When it comes to fuel type, electric water heaters tend to cost less to install than gas water heaters, however, electricity usually costs more than natural gas, so which you choose may depend on other factors like size, capacity, and more.
Talk to one of our water heater installation experts. We can evaluate your home and help you decide on the best type of water heater for you and your family.