A lot of factors come into play when you're choosing which type of hot water unit to install in your home. This often comes down to choosing the product with the most advantages for you.
In some cases, an electric model works best. Below are just a few examples of when an electric model might be the best choice for your needs.
1. You're Low on Spare Cash
If you don't have a big budget to buy and install a new hot water system then you need to find a low-cost unit. While other types of systems may have lower operating costs, they tend to have higher upfront costs. For example, if you were to switch to solar power, you'd have to pay to buy the power system itself as well as the indoor unit. You'd have installation costs for both components on top of that.
Electric hot water systems are typically the cheapest option. The units themselves suit low budgets and they are quick and easy to install. Additionally, you already have an electricity supply running into your home that you can use. If you wanted to switch to natural gas but aren't connected to the grid, you'd have to pay to have this done as well.
2. You Don't Use Much Water
The more water you use, the more a hot water system costs to run. While unit running costs may be higher with electric systems, this isn't as much of an issue if you're a careful water consumer.
If you live alone or in a small household, then the costs of operating an electric system are much more attractive. If you take short showers over baths, use water-conserving products such as tap aerators and smart shower heads, and can tap into off-peak prices then you don't just save money upfront when you buy your system, you also get lower running costs.
3. You Want a Safer Solution
If you don't use gas at home right now, you may prefer to keep things that way. While gas hot water units are made to be safe, you're more likely to have problems with gas than electricity. For example, you could have a gas or carbon monoxide leak in your home if something goes wrong with your unit. Gas is also a more combustible material which can cause explosions and fires.
To find out more about these and other benefits, talk to your plumber. They can show you hot water units for your home and help you choose the right system for your needs.