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Water Heating

The Numbers Are In

Propane water heaters use less energy, cost less to operate, and have fewer emissions compared with electric models. Keep exploring to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of propane water heaters are available for my home?

Propane offers storage tank or tankless water heater options, depending on your space and capacity needs. Propane tankless systems heat water on-demand and go into standby mode when the water is not in use, saving energy. Since they are mounted units, they save up to 16 square feet of floor space. Propane storage tank systems store a large amount of water waiting to be used throughout your home, keeping it at a comfortable 120 degrees.

How does a propane storage tank water heater compare to an electric system?

A propane storage tank water heater safely delivers the same amount of hot water as an electric tank unit, all while taking up less space in your home — a 40-gallon propane unit can deliver as much hot water as a comparable 50-gallon electric unit. A larger electric tank experiences greater efficiency losses (thermal losses to the surrounding area) due to its greater surface area.

Will a propane water heating system provide warm water faster than other energy options?

Yes. Propane tankless water heaters provide an endless supply of hot water, averaging over 200 gallons/hour. Conversely, the average 50-gallon electric storage tank water heater has an average first-hour delivery rating of just 64 gallons, while a 50-gallon heat pump water heater averages about 67 gallons. These flow rates are less than one-third of the delivery rate for propane tankless systems.

What water heater capacity do I need for my home?

Determining the size of water heater you need depends on whether you want a tankless or storage tank unit, and how much hot water your home uses at a time.

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