There are lots of options when it comes to gas vs electric water heater products. Most of us take hot water for granted and don’t give it much thought until it’s time for repairs or an upgrade. There are several factors worth considering prior to choosing a hot water system for your home.
- How much water do you use during an average day or week?
- How large is your household?
- How many bathrooms are there?
Here’s a comparison of electric hot water cylinders, gas hot water cylinders and gas continuous flow hot water to help you decide the best hot water system for your home.
PROS of Electric Hot Water Cylinders
- Suitable for all water pressures
- Some cylinders come with additional connections for solar power
- Some models can be installed indoors or outdoors
- Some newer models are triple insulated to minimise heat loss
CONS of Electric Hot Water Cylinders
- No hot water during a power outage
- Hot water is limited to the amount the cylinder itself can store and its recovery rate
- Some units can be bulky
PROS of Gas Hot Water Cylinders
- A continuous supply of hot water, even during a power outage
- Can be fitted outdoors
- High flow rates of up to 40L / m
- Ideal for high usage and suitable for all water pressures
CONS of Gas Hot Water Cylinders
- Can have more up-front installation costs compared to other systems
- Limitations to where they can be placed
PROS of Continuous Gas Flow
- Uses gas on demand, so there is no cost when the system is not in use
- Heats water instead of storing it so you never run out of hot water
- Perfect for guest bathrooms or the holiday home
- Compact size
- Link two units together in larger households
- An ideal alternative in areas not served by natural gas
CONS of Continuous Gas Flow
- Can be slightly more expensive than natural gas when using LPG (Propane)
- Some systems require an electrical supply
Save money by powering your hot water unit with gas
Running costs account for the majority of the household power bill so it’s important to choose the right energy source and appliances for your home. Both natural gas and LPG have advantages such as producing less greenhouse gas emissions compared to electric systems. In areas where the natural gas line isn’t available, LPG is a worthy alternative. Whether you are building a new home or retrofitting an old one, LPG could suit your energy needs.
Using gas for hot water and home heating can cost less than using electricity. The price advantage is increased when using gas for both water and home heating. The more energy used, the greater the potential for savings by using gas. The benefits of gas over other forms of heating include health benefits, efficiency, running costs and lifestyle improvements. Speak to an ELGAS energy expert for information and inspiration regarding the best instant gas hot water unit for your home.