Gas Vs. Electric Water Heaters

Which type is the better option?

Can't decide if you should opt for a gas water heater versus an electric water heater?

Fuel-TypeBenefitsOther Considerations
Electric
  • 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