Should I switch to a propane water heater?
The type of water heater you pick can have a surprising impact on your quality of life: not only will it affect how much you spend on your energy bills in your Connecticut home (since nearly 20 percent of your energy bills could come from heating water), but it will also influence your property value, your home’s carbon footprint, and even the wellbeing of your family.
For all these reasons and more, we recommend propane water heaters. Compared to electric models, propane water heaters are:
- A better long-term value – While a propane water heater may cost a little more upfront than an electric water heater, it comes out substantially ahead in terms of long-term value. When you consider installation costs, lifespan, and BTUs per dollar, propane proves to be about 30 percent less costly than electricity when powering your water heater over the course of the equipment’s lifetime.
- More convenient – A propane water heater heats water almost twice as fast as an electric heater, which means faster recovery times (and therefore 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.
- Greener – Overall, propane tankless water heaters produce about 50 percent fewer carbon emissions than electric water heaters with a storage tank. Choosing a tankless propane water heater will also keep junk out of the landfill: not only will you eliminate that big steel tank, but your propane tankless water heater will also last up to 50 percent longer on average than an electric model.
The bottom line
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 Jennings Oil & Propane today.
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