Four Reasons to Choose a Propane Water Heater over an Electric Model
The type of water heater you pick not only affects your monthly energy bills (nearly 20 percent of your energy bills could come from heating water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy), but also your home’s resale value, its impact on the environment, and the safety of the people who live with you.
For all these reasons and more, we recommend propane water heaters. Compared to electric models, propane water heaters are:
- More affordable – When you consider the total cost of owning a propane water heater – including installation costs, the longer lifespan of the equipment (about 20 vs. 13 years on average), and the amount of water you can heat per energy dollar spent, propane proves to be the less expensive option – about 30 percent less costly than electricity over the course of the equipment’s lifetime.
- More convenient – A propane water heater heats water nearly twice as quickly as an electric heater, which means faster recovery times (and therefor less time without hot water…with a propane tankless water heater, that downtime decreases to zero). Propane water heaters are also extremely durable, lasting up to a decade longer than electric heat pump models.
- Safer – Propane gas is non-toxic and extremely difficult to ignite, removing a key risk of using an electric water heater. Propane is also a highly regulated fuel, which means that more attention is paid to training technicians in the proper maintenance and use of the equipment.
- More eco-friendly – About half of the electricity produced in the U.S. today is generated burning coal; not only is this harmful to the environment, but much of the production is lost in transport due to inefficient power lines. Propane is cleaner-burning than coal and delivers energy directly to your home, reducing harmful carbon emissions in two important ways.
Summing up: Compared with electric models, propane water heaters cost less to operate, last longer, and are less harmful to the planet. If you make a further investment in a propane tankless water heating system, you’ll also save space, get unlimited hot water, and gain more accurate temperature control and longer equipment life.
When you add it all up, propane and water heating are a perfect match. To learn more about the propane advantage for water heating, contact us today.
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