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Electric Vs. Gas Hot Water – Everything You Need to Know

If you’re having a problem with your current hot water system, it’s likely that you’re here thinking about getting repairs or a replacement. Unfortunately, you’ll need to spend a fairly large amount of money to purchase a new system. However, it has to be done as who is going to want to put up with freezing cold showers every morning? With this in mind, it’s crucial to have the number of a good plumber who provides emergency hot water service and repair. You’ll then be able to figure out whether you need your system fixed or replaced entirely. You will then also need to decide whether you want an electric or gas hot water system.

Are Gas and Electric the Only Hot Water Options?

Gas and electricity are the most popular options in terms of hot water systems. Even so, there are other alternatives on the market, such as:

  • Solar hot water. Solar systems are becoming pretty popular, especially due to our warm climate.
  • Heat pumps. A heat pump is like having a fridge but in reverse. Heat is taken out of the environment to create hot water. Heat pumps are more expensive than basic electric or gas hot water systems.
  • Tankless instant hot water. These instantaneous hot water systems are either gas or electricity powered. These systems are particularly popular where space is limited.

Now you know some of the alternatives, let’s look deeper into what’s best between electric and gas hot water systems.

Electric Vs. Gas Water Heaters – Which Should You Get?

Around a quarter of your household’s entire energy cost is taken up by your hot water, so you need to ensure you’re making the right choice when it comes to electricity or gas.

Electric hot water systems are:

  • Easy and cheap to install. A great plus point is that what you see is what you get price-wise. Additionally, electric systems tend to be quiet unless they’re electric heat pump systems (these tend to be pretty noisy.)
  • Popularity. Electric systems can be found in homes throughout the country. However, due to climate change, these are either being regulated by governments to phase them out or to make them more efficient.

One less positive aspect of electric systems is that they’re inefficient and expensive to run although ‘off peak’ tariffs can help with this.

When it comes to gas hot water systems, Perth residents appreciate these because:

  • They provide good value for money. Gas is less expensive than electricity so is generally more cost-effective to run.
  • They’re energy efficient. Gas hot water systems don’t have to run as often as their electric counterparts. They heat water faster. The systems are also smaller than electric ones.

Gas systems do cost a bit more up-front and any new gas lines will need to be installed by a qualified professional.

So, What’s the Verdict?

What you really need to ask yourself is the following:

  • How much space do I have?
  • What energy sources are available to me?
  • How many people need hot water?
  • What system is currently in place?

At Baywood Plumbing & Gas, we know all there is to about electric and instant gas hot water system repair, servicing, replacement and installation. Speak to us for helpful advice!

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