How do you decide which type of heating system is better for your needs? Both gas and electric systems have big benefits, but a couple of big drawbacks as well.
The best way to compare the two is to look at a list of the pros and cons of each. So let’s do it!
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Electric Heating System Pros
Electric heating systems are cheaper to buy and set up. The unit itself can be several hundred dollars less expensive than a gas one. Plus, there is no need for professional installation, which helps bring the price down as well.
Electric units are super portable. You can take them around to different locations and set them up wherever you have an electric connection.
The only thing you have to worry about is keeping clothes, blankets, and the like away from the heater to avoid creating a fire hazard.
Electric Heating System Cons
It’s cheaper to buy an electric heater, but it costs more to run it. Electricity is more expensive in Australia. Plus, electric heaters are less energy efficient than gas. They require more electricity to produce the same amount of heat, driving up your energy bills.
The fan on an electric unit blows dust and allergens around the room along with the hot air. People with allergies or asthma may find that their symptoms worsen when using an electric heater.
Electric heat isn’t very good at heating large spaces. These heaters are good for small apartments or to heat a bedroom or home office. But trying to heat a larger space won’t work well and it will be unnecessarily expensive.
Gas Heating System Pros
Gas heat is known for being an expensive upfront purchase. Despite this, there are so many pros to the heating system that it still remains popular.
You still get a break for your wallet because it costs less to run a gas heater. The gas itself is less expensive and because the system uses it more efficiently, you’ll need to purchase less of it. This drives the running costs down significantly.
Gas heat is also “warmer”. It heats up a space more quickly and keeps it more warm and cosy than electric heat.
Gas Heating System Cons
Though that expensive initial price tag is what deters many people from purchasing the system, mobility and installation are also concerns.
Gas produces byproducts when burned and the system must be properly installed and ventilated. This means you’ll need to hire a qualified gas fitter for gas heating installation even if you already have a connection. The smallest leak could spell disaster for your family so proper installation is critical.
Depending on the system, a flue may be used to vent gases outdoors. If there is no flue, the gas heater must be used in a well-ventilated area and it is always highly recommended to install carbon monoxide detectors.
The Right System for Your
It’s hard to say that one heating system is “better” than the other. It’s more a matter of what works better for your situation. We hope this comparison has helped you figure out what is best for you!