Hot water heaters are important investments for households, as the quality purchased will influence utility bills for years to come. It makes sense, therefore, that homeowners want to investigate the most cost efficient, quality heaters available. Many are discovering in their investigation the benefits of purchasing a natural gas water heater.
Natural gas water heaters offer many benefits over electric heaters. To begin, the initial cost of installation is often offset through rebates issued by electric companies. Once the equipment is installed, the monthly utility costs tend to be much lower. Even customers in areas of the country, like the Pacific Northwest, where the average cost of electricity is lower than other areas, notice a significant difference in their utility bills over the course of the year. Natural gas heaters are also more reliable in the event of power outages. Even if the power shuts off, you can still shower. They also last considerably longer, up to twenty years versus six to twelve with a conventional heater. This means less maintenance and less replacement.
Those who are interested in helping conserve the environment would also be happy to learn that natural gas is much more efficient than electricity, reducing the carbon produced in the powering of the heater. Those who live in areas where the electricity is generated by coal will drastically reduce their carbon footprint, as coal produces twice as much greenhouse gas than natural gas.
Natural gas water heaters also offer a variety of practical benefits. The heaters do not store hot water in a tank, but heat water as needed. This eliminates the need of waiting for the water to heat up before being able to shower and the problem of running out of hot water before the entire family is able to clean up in the morning. Since they are tankless, the water heaters also take up considerably less space than a traditional, electric water heater. The water is also being heated properly before being passed along to you for use, meaning the water is considerably cleaner. In a tank, water often has time to sit in a rusted tank, and can be passed through the pipes before being heated so you receive water filled with debris.
On many fronts, natural gas water heaters show their superiority to older electric heaters. Any homeowner interested in replacing their water heater should carefully investigate this option before making a purchase.