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Gas v. Electric
Hello to everyone reading today, the topic of choice will be water
heaters, some things you may not know and general knowledge about picking
the right one. According to the department of energy, heating water is the
second highest expense in your home. The purpose of a water heater is…
well just that to heat water in your home. You would normally use hot water
for domestic things like cooking, cleaning, and bathing. Driving past what a
water heater does, let’s talk about the more heated (pun intended), argument,
of gas or electric. Those are the two main power sources for water heaters.
What you already have in your home may determine what source you would
use. Gas is typically cheaper to maintain but you pay more upfront for the
water heater. Whereas electric is a cheaper purchase, according to
homedepot.com a 50 gallon, tall, 6 year warranty electric water heater costs
$429 as opposed to a 50 gallon, tall, 6 year warranty gas water heater which
costs $534.62. The same performance and height and yet a hundred dollar
difference. The gas water heaters do have their safety precautions like making
sure they are 18 inches off the ground, “This helps prevent ignition of vapors
that collects near the floor” says nationwide insurance. With an electric water
heater, you need to make sure the wires connecting to the tank aren’t frayed
and are completely covered. “The energy factor (EF) indicates a water
heater's overall energy efficiency based on the amount of hot water produced
per unit of fuel consumed over a typical day” (Energy.gov) The higher the
EF rating the greater the efficiency of the water heater according to
energy.gov. There really is no debate while one may be cheaper, it all boils 😉
down to where you live, how your house is built.
Tpr Valve
A TPRvalve is a temperature pressure release valve that lets excess heat
and water out when your water heater gets to hot. The TPR valve prevents

your water heater from exploding and destroying your home and
possessions… which I think is pretty important. It is a spring loaded lever that
is located towards the top of your water heater typically made of bronze,
copper, and other metals. The pipe connected to it is what lets out excess
water, which is made typically out of copper and CPVC pipes.

The Shut Off Valve
A water heater has two main shut off valves one for hot water and one for
cold water often indicated by a red handle and a blue one. This is typically used
for repairs (or it can be used to make someone hop out of the shower very
quickly with just a switch of the hot water lever :)) Water heaters last anywhere
from 8-12 years according to waterheaterleakinginfo.com.

So pick the one that fits your home energy supply and happy shopping. (:
By Madelyn Rogers October 5th 2019