Gas central heating vs. electric central heating

Gas central heating vs. electric central heating

The facilities that consume the most energy and heat within the home are central heating system. So with that in mind, when it comes to the decision on whether to install a gas central heating system or an electric central heating system, a lot of questions start to arise.

As a home owner, you should consider all options and choose the one that fit the best to your specific needs. It also depends on whether you need a system for a domestic property or commercial one. Do be aware that both types of system can be installed, although their costs will vary and the fuel source to use will be different. Which one is the best for you? Let’s find out.

Which one is the best for you, gas central heating or electric central heating?

This all depends on the kind of consumption which system will be the most cost-effective in the long run. The first thing to take into consideration is whether the property has access to natural gas network.

If the property has access to the natural gas network:

If you do have gas installation, gas central heating is the best option as gas consumption is profitable. Without gas installation it can be expensive but in the long run it can be worth it.

If the property DOESN’T have access to the natural gas network:

If you don’t have gas installation or access to natural gas network, then LPG propane boilers are recommended. These boilers are efficiency and are pretty similar to natural gas boilers and are supplied in bulk and in cylinders. Another benefit is LPG propane is cheaper than heating oil.

Gas central heating

When choosing gas central heating, natural gas is one of the most cost-effective supplies and offers good performance if compared with other fuel sources.
The decisions have been made and have now opted for gas central heating, the first thing to make sure of is that the building has access to the gas network. Once this is checked, you must get in touch with different gas suppliers and compare prices. As a fuel source, natural gas has the following advantages:
Natural gas price evolution has a lower rate of increase than other fuel sources.
Gas central heating required less maintenance than other heating systems.
Condensing gas boilers are highly efficient and their performance is better than other type of boilers.

Electric central heating

Electric central heating is frequently the chosen option for properties with no access to the gas network or where heating consumption is very low. When compared to natural gas price, electric central heating is not cost-effective unless you have a ‘time-of-use’ electricity tariff.

Electric central heating types:

  • Air conditioning system with heat pumps.
  • Underfloor heating. Electricity heats the system installed under the floor which, in turn, heats the room.
  • Oil cookers.
  • Heat accumulators. They are frequently used in properties with a ‘time-of-use’ tariff.

Heating for a cheaper price

In order to reduce heating consumption and therefore its price, whether you opt for gas or electric central heating, the following things should be taken into account:

  • If natural gas is available in your area, gas installation should be carried out and then gas suppliers should be contacted so you can compare prices. That’s one of the most cost-effective decisions you can make.
  • Ask for a quote for bulk propane or oil boilers. Compare prices and contract conditions.
  • Compare electricity tariffs so you can be sure you have the most economical one for your property.
  • Last but not least, ensure you and your family/co-workers control, monitor and measureenergy consumption.

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