Gas Heaters vs Electric Heaters

When choosing between a gas or electric heater the best option for you to heat your home is dependent on a couple of factors.

Electric heaters

Are cheap to buy, portable and a good option if you’re not using them in large spaces or for long periods.

Electric heaters are good for heating small spaces, or individual people.

Gas heaters

Gas heaters can be very efficient and good value for money.

There are two types – flued (fumes redirected outside through a pipe) and unflued (fumes pushed out into the room). Flued are more expensive to install and slightly less efficient, but unflued can present issues with the fumes they expel, so they are subject to regulations and you need to ventilate them.

If you’re going to leave a heater on all day, gas is likely to be much cheaper than a portable electric heater.

Gas heaters are good for heating smaller to medium-sized spaces.

Things to remember when choosing gas or electricity

  • Ensure you get the right size for the space you are looking to heat.
  • Insulate your ceiling, draught-proof windows and doors, cover windows at night, and close the doors between heated and unheated areas.

How to reduce your heating bills

  • Don’t heat rooms to tropical temperatures; for example, try 20 degrees instead of 23 degrees. Each degree less will save about 10% on your energy use.
  • Only heat the rooms you’re actually using.
  • Hot air rises to the ceiling, so if you have a ceiling fan with a reverse-direction option, consider using it at a low speed to help circulate the hot air more evenly through the room without creating a downward breeze.
  • Having your heater serviced regularly will increase the efficiency of your unit and help keep your heating bill down.
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