An electric water heater is quite different from its fuel-fired counterparts. Gas water heaters have one gas burner to heat water. An electric water heater uses two heating elements, one in the top and one in the bottom of the unit. This gives an electric unit distinct advantages over a gas water heater.
Advantages of an Electric Water Heater
An electric water heater is more efficient than a fuel-fired unit, which means it can be cheaper to use. But there are several other advantages to electric units as well.
- Safety: Because there are no combustible vapors, electric units are safer than gas ones, which means you don’t have to worry about vapors that can accumulate and possibly explode if exposed to the pilot.
- Indoor air quality: If a gas water heater is installed in an area near occupied space, products resulting from the combustion that heats the water can be released into the air, affecting air quality in the home. An electric unit produces no such products.
- Convenience: An electric water heater is actually quite simple in its design. This makes it easier to service and convenient to use. They are also easier to install because there is no need for gas piping or flues.
- Efficiency: A gas powered water heater can lose a substantial amount of heat through its flue, which is not only costly, it’s inefficient. Electric units are better insulated, and consequently, they do not lose as much heat, making them more energy efficient. In fact, the difference in heat loss per hour for a gas water heater versus an electric one can be as much as 2.5 percent.
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