Water heaters are an essential part of any home or business. They provide hot water for cleaning, taking showers, and a multitude of other options. There are two main types of water heaters, electric vs gas, and both have their own pros and cons as to how they will operate within your business. Here we will do a brief overview of both types including discussions on cost efficiency and environmental impact.
Gas water heaters come in a large range of sizes and are usually a little bit larger than their electrical counterparts. They require more ventilation and have pipes that need to have access to the outdoors which restricts their placement. However, these types of heaters are able to be used during a power outage as they do not rely on electricity to heat the water. If you are in an area that frequently experiences outages or run a business, this may be the best option to ensure that you always have hot water available. The cost may be more upfront but when looking at the long term, they generally have lower monthly costs and also come in high energy efficient models that are the top of the line when it comes to efficiency. Where they are strong in efficiency they do require more general maintenance to allow for the gas line to be checked and remove any build up that could cause a serious problem if left unattended.
On the flip side is the electric water heater which has less maintenance due to not being attached to gas lines. They have more flexibility in terms of placement because they do not require a gas line to operate. While they also have selection of models, there are no high-efficiency models available yet on the market. However for those who are concerned about safety, this is a better bet because of the lack of potential gas leaks. While the upfront cost is lower, the monthly costs are likely to be higher, and they take more time to heat up in comparison to their gas counterparts. Should you experience a power outage, you will be left without hot water until the power returns.
When it comes to environmental friendliness, the electric heater beats the gas heater by a long shot. Electric heaters can be run on alternative power sources while the gas heater must have access to a gas line. If you find yourself in need of replacing your hot water heater, you may want to take a closer look at which type will benefit you in the long run. Whichever option you choose, we have commercial water heaters for sale. Additionally we also carry both gas and commercial electric water heaters on our online store.