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GAS VS. ELECTRIC

WHICH TYPE IS THE BETTER OPTION?
Can't decide if you should opt for a gas water heater versus an electric water heater?
What about oil-fired? Below is a comparison of the benefits of each type.

FUEL-TYPE BENEFITS OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
ELECTRIC • Easier to install
• Can be located in many areas of
  the home
• Range of sizes available
• Good, Better or Best warranty
  options available
• Energy cost is higher in some areas
• Recovery of hot water takes a little
  longer
• Installing a larger capacity model helps
  overcome this recovery delay
NATURAL GAS • Often the most economical fuel
• Fast hot water recovery
• If a chimney is not available, you may
  install a power vented or direct vent
  model which allows for outside wall
  venting with appropriate venting kit
• Range of sizes available
• Good, Better or Best warranty
  options available
• Design includes protection against
  accidental ignition of flammable
  vapours
• A natural gas line must be available
• Location of the unit is restricted by
  access to the chimney, or distance
  to an outside wall, and location of
  the gas line in your home
LIQUID PROPANE • One of the more economical fuels
• Fast hot water recovery
• If a chimney is not available, you may
  install a power vented or direct vent
  model which allows for outside wall
  venting with appropriate venting kit
• Range of sizes available
• Good, Better or Best warranty options
  available
• Design includes protection against
  accidental ignition of flammable
  vapours
• Requires a liquid propane storage tank
• Delivery of fuel must be planned
• Fuel costs may be higher than other
  energy sources
• Fewer models to choose from
OIL-FIRED • Provides the fastest hot water recovery
   of all fuel sources
• In some areas, heating oil (fuel) may
   be the lowest cost fuel source
   available
• Initial purchase of water heater is
   higher than models using other
   fuel sources
• Requires a heating oil storage tank
• Delivery of fuel must be planned
• Fewer models to choose from



 
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