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Gas Heating Vs Electrical

Thursday 6th February 2014 15:08

It is often perceived that gas central heating is always better than having electrical heating. However, this is not always the case and the facts are not always as black and white as some would have you believe. Whilst gas installations are usually more efficient, there are many advantages to having electrical heating installed in your property.

Installation cost

If you do not already have gas central heating installed in your property, the installation costs can be massive. First of all, you will need to get a gas pipe installed into your home, which must be done by the national grid. Secondly, the cost of installing a boiler and room radiators can easily run up to several thousand pounds. Thirdly, the boiler will need to be serviced regularly, especially if it is in a tenanted property.

Electric heaters are far cheaper, quicker and easier to purchase and install. Whilst gas central heating will provide lower bills in the long run, the massive start up costs could mean that it is not the best option for everyone.

Maintenance

As said previously, gas boilers need to be serviced regularly to minimise the chances to anything going wrong. If there are any issues with the pipework, then it will mean ripping up the floorboards to find and fix the problem. Any servicing or repairs must be done by a gas safe registered professional and any mistakes or short cuts can have potentially fatal consequences.

Electric heaters require very little maintenance and there is little that can go wrong with them. As long as they installed by qualified professionals, the wiring is unlikely to go wrong for a long time. Any necessary repairs are likely to be to the heater itself, which is easy to fix or cheap to replace.

Space

Whilst storage heaters are smaller than gas radiators, there is little advantage to using them in terms of space. However, electric heating also offers the opportunity of underfloor heating. This reliable form of heating will warm up the entire room quickly, make the space underneath your toes feel warm and snuggly and also take up NO SPACE above floor level. This makes it ideal in rooms where space is at a premium and make it far easier to plan the room’s layout.