Electric water heaters are the most preferred heaters installed in the homes. There is one thing to remember before going out to buy an electric heater. It is a fact that gas powered heaters are the ones which work best in our homes and give us long lasting service with less maintenance costs. But there are certain advantages for electric heaters which cannot be provided by gas powered ones. There are some advantages and disadvantages in using an electric water heater. Here we will be looking into some of its features.
The first thing to say about electric water heaters is that there is a wide range of electric heaters to choose from. Almost all the heater manufactures will be offering varieties of models and the consumer will be having the option to choose from the lot. Other types of water heaters are not made by all the companies and we will be stuck with only select few models to choose from. There are two types of electric water heaters. They are heaters with tank and those without a tank attached to it. Tank less models are very expensive and they are not produced by all the manufactures.
Electric heaters with tanks come in a wide range of capacity. They are available in small 6 gallon tanks for installing in RV or for single rooms up to 100 gallon capacity tanks. The size of the tank is determined by the size of the house, the number of bathrooms, water needed at the peak hour, and obviously the budget. A tank less heater finds its use in such places where the availability of space is limited. They can be installed in such small areas and are some of the smallest water heaters that we can install in our homes.
Tank less water heaters need much less maintenance. They can easily last up to 20 years without any need for replacement. But, water heaters with tanks needs to be replaced every 10 to 12 years. Tank less heaters give hot water by instantly heating it while passing through the heater. It is more energy efficient, as there is no need for pre-heating the water before use. All other models of the heaters need insulated pipes for saving the heat. But in the case of tank less models, there is no need for lengthy insulation. They can heat water pretty quickly than other models. Only disadvantage is that the models with high flow rate will cost more.