The Benefits of an Electric Water Heater.
When you buy something only once every ten years or so, how on earth are you supposed to remember everything you learned during the previous shopping experience?
Take your home water heater, for example, and let’s say you’re now in the market for a replacement unit. Let’s further assume that last time around, you thought long and hard before you chose
gas over electric. But now, you’ll be darned if you can remember why.
Don’t beat yourself up. After all, you have enough on your plate as it is. So instead, sit back and consider the most common reasons why electric water heaters remain a very popular choice.
- They free up valuable floor space. Gas water heaters must have 6” – 18” of clearance around them on all sides for effective and safe venting. Electric water heaters, on the other hand, don’t generate that kind of heat and can be placed pretty much anywhere, including inside a closet or crawl space.
- Greater personal safety. It should be noted that both gas and electric water heaters carry personal safety risks, so whichever type you ultimately decide on, please have it professionally serviced at least once a year. With that said, gas water heaters come with the added risk of gas leaks that can result in CO poisoning or an explosion. Electric water heaters, like any electrical appliance, can result in electric shock or electrocution from faulty wiring. The thing is, there is a greater chance of a gas leak than electric shock or electrocution, making electric water heaters the all-around safer choice.
- Electric units last longer. With fewer working parts and significantly less heat generation, electric water heaters can last up to several years longer than comparable gas units from a major reduction in wear and tear.
If you need a new water heater with at least a 60-gallon storage tank, you have another very good reason to opt for electric vs. gas. Today, all electric water heaters with more than 55 gallons of storage capacity are part electric water heater and part heat pump. In fact, they’re called electric hybrid heat pump water heaters.
If you have an available space that’s at least the equivalent of 10’ x 10’, you’re a candidate for a hybrid system. It needs at least that much room to draw in warm ambient air which is used to power the system’s heat pump function. The more that function us used, the lower the draw on electricity, thus resulting in average annual energy savings of more than $300 for a family of four.
Looking for a little professional guidance? That’s what we’re here for: contact Norhio Plumbing today for answers to all your questions and unbiased advice on the one water heater (gas included) that will ultimately work best for your family and your budget.
Water Heater Safety Inspection in Aurora & Hudson, OH
Did you notice how (ridiculously) early “Back to School” sales started this summer. Ads and commercials started running, it seemed, not more than five minutes after the last child exited his or her classroom on the last day of school.
But now it’s August, and it really is time to at least start thinking about getting your kids and home ready for the start of the upcoming school year. If you have adolescents or teens at home, one of the things you need to prepare for is a return to early morning traffic jams in and around your bathroom. And along with that, the rush on hot water while everyone prepares to go their separate ways.
In case you didn’t know it, your water heater is much happier when showers and such are interspersed throughout the day. By contrast, it hates the ol’ four showers in a row trick and all the added wear and tear that accompanies it.
Which makes this month – August, 2014 – a perfect time to schedule a water heater tune-up and safety inspection, especially if it’s been a year or more since your last such inspection.
Water heaters, just like all your mechanical systems, have a limited shelf life – on average, 10 – 15 years – and gradually lose their steam over time. In the process, they become increasingly vulnerable to the kind of corrosion that could result in a gas or carbon monoxide leak, and those are two safety hazards that you’d rather not have to face.
So, for more reliable water heater performance and added safety for your home and family, contact Norhio Plumbing today to schedule a water heater tune-up and safety inspection. You’ll get high marks for early preparation.
Comparing Gas & Electric Water Heaters: Which is Best for Your Aurora or Your Chagrin Falls, OH Home?
If you’re thinking about purchasing a new water heater, you’re likely to replace gas for gas or electric for electric, especially if you’ve been happy (until recently!) with the performance of your current water heater.
But since water heaters have a life expectancy of up to 15 years and sometimes even longer, it might be worth considering what it might be like switching to “the other kind” assuming, that is, that you live in an area where natural gas is even an option.
For starters, and no matter which style you choose, you can look forward to greater energy efficiency, even when compared to how your current water heater performed when it was brand new. Americans are increasingly green conscious and manufacturers have responded with ever increasing energy efficiency.
Another consideration, and this goes for both gas and electric models, is storage tank size. If, for example, the kids have moved out, it’s definitely worth considering replacing your 50-gallon tank with something smaller. It will cost you less to purchase and less to operate, and you’ll still have all the hot water you need.
Gas vs. Electric Water Heaters
Gas water heaters heat natural gas to heat the water inside the storage tank. The heating process is gradual, which tends to make gas a more energy efficient choice.
By Comparison, electric water heaters have built-in copper coils that change electric energy into heat energy. Electric water heaters heat the water faster than their natural gas counterparts.
On the Plus Side for Natural Gas Water Heaters
Fast energy recovery: up to 100% faster than electric water heaters.
A safe choice, especially when maintained on a regular basis by a professional plumber.
Of all the fossil fuels, gas burns the most efficiently, thus minimizing its environmental impact.
On the Plus Side for Electric Water Heaters
Cost less to purchase than gas water heaters.
Lower installation cost, too.
Longer lifespan for even greater value.
Zero greenhouse emissions, and that’s as environmentally friendly as it gets.
Not that simple of a choice, is it? And yet, that’s just one more way Norhio Plumbing can be of assistance. Because when you call us for a quote on a new water heater, we’ll provide much more than that. We’ll ask about your daily water heater usage and how that might be different even a few years from now. And, if you do have a natural gas hook-up to your home, we’ll even tell you about tankless water heaters and the several advantages they offer.
The point is, a water heater is a long-term investment, and we do our best to help you make exactly the right choice for your home and budget. So give us a call, and we’ll get all your questions answered.