gas heating the best option

Is Gas Heating the Best Option?

When it comes to reliable warmth for combatting winter’s chill, gas heating is often seen as the best option.

However, heating your home during the colder months can be one of the biggest household expenses. Therefore, finding the most energy efficient and cost effective system is important.

Is gas heating actually more comfortable than electric heating, as many people claim? Does a gas heater truly lessen your household’s carbon footprint?

Let’s examine the difference between residential gas heating and electric heating systems to find the best option for you.

What’s the Difference Between Electric and Gas Heating?

There are a number of differences between the use of natural gas or LPG (liquid petroleum gas) and electricity for heating. Let’s take a closer look at both of them.

Gas Heating

A heater is fuelled by a gas source and the flow of gas is controlled through a valve. The heat is ignited through an electric filament or a pilot light. Heat can be distributed throughout a home using ducts and vents in a ducted system, or individual gas heating units can be used for certain rooms.

Indoor gas units are usually flued. This ensures that any combustion products, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, are dispersed outside the home. The main types of gas heaters and heating systems are:

  1. Gas log fires: These are like traditional fireplaces but upgraded by using gas for instant ignition. They are available as free-standing features or can be built-in like a fireplace.
  2. Hydronic heating: Water is heated by a gas boiler or furnace and the hot water passes through pipes that have been installed in the walls or underneath the floors of the house. The heated water can be used to heat different rooms or even the floor of your bathroom.
  3. Gas ducted heating: Ducted gas heaters warm up the entire home. The central unit is installed either outside the home or within the roof cavity. Ducts allow the gas-fuelled heat to flow to the desired rooms through vents. This is also known as central heating.
  4. Space heaters: These energy efficient heaters are usually mounted on walls and the heat is released through vents. Toxic products of gas heating are vented outside by a flue. There are portable gas space heaters available, but these are often unflued gas heaters. Flued units are recommended for safety.
  5. Wall furnaces: Slim, vertical gas furnace heaters are attached to walls and can heat larger areas than space heaters.

Whatever you choose, make sure you select the best gas heater for your situation.

Electric Heating

Electric heaters work in various ways depending on the type of unit. Here’s a brief look at several of the most popular types:

  1. Reverse cycle air conditioning: These types of split systems can heat or cool the home. It can be used for a single unit, multiple units or in a ducted system. For heating, the reverse cycle system extracts heat from outside air and draws it inside. When the system is switched to heat, refrigerant gas is passed through an external coil, which absorbs heat from the outdoors. This is then pumped down onto a condenser. As the refrigerant is compressed, it warms up. The hot air is then pumped out by a fan into the room(s) through vents.
  2. Electric heat pump: A heat pump system’s outside unit absorbs heat from outside the home. The inside unit contains a coil and a fan. The coil acts as a condenser when in heating mode. The fan moves air across the coil and throughout the ducts in the home, which is then released through vents. These systems work best in dryer, warmer climates.
  3. Portable electric heaters: These heaters are simple to use and are best for heating a small room or specific small area. Types include radiant heaters, convection and panel heaters, fan heaters and infrared heaters.

 

The Pros of Gas Heating

There are many advantages to having gas heating but there are downsides too. Here are the pros of gas heating:

  • Energy efficiency: Gas is more energy efficient than electricity, which results in lower power bills.
  • No blackouts: Your gas supply will never be interrupted by power failure, keeping you warm when the lights go out.
  • Better for the environment: Although it is a fossil fuel, natural gas produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than most other energy sources (75% less than electrical heating).
  • Immediate heat: Ducted gas heating is the most effective way to heat your home quickly. When it’s freezing outside, you won’t be waiting long for your home to be toasty and warm.
  • Easier to install and maintain: This is mainly due to having fewer moving parts and no refrigerant re-gassing issues.

The Cons of Gas Heating

As with any form of climate control in the home, there are some downsides to gas heating. Here are some of the cons:

  • Availability: Natural gas is not available in all areas. While it is widely available, your home may not be set up for it so there will be installation costs.
  • It’s a fossil fuel: Natural gas is not a renewable resource and does emit greenhouse gases, even if it is much cleaner than electricity.
  • There are dangers: Most gas heating systems are perfectly safe, but it’s important to keep them well maintained to avoid gas leaks and carbon monoxide leaks, both of which can be fatal. Make sure your system is installed by a professional gas fitter. Be wary of using an unflued gas heater.
  • Heating only: You can’t cool your home with a gas heating system as you can with a reverse cycle air conditioner.

Are Gas Heaters More Comfy Than Electric?

Comfort is purely subjective so it’s difficult to quantify which type of system and power source is the most comfortable. Many factors have to be considered, including the size of the room and where vents or the heater are located. Household insulation, carpeting and airflow will all impact comfort levels, too.

Because gas systems run independently to outdoor conditions, rooms are heated more quickly. There’s also often a more consistent stream of warm air. This is because many gas log fires provide heated air above average body temperature, while air from an electric-powered system often fluctuates to maintain a set temperature. Ducted gas heating provides a charming balance of the two.

In conclusion, gas heating is typically more energy efficient, eco-friendly, consistent, and cheaper to run than electric heating systems. However, make sure you get your gas heater serviced regularly for potential gas leaks or carbon monoxide leaks.

When all’s said and done, it’s hard to ignore gas heating as the best option to keep your home warm and cosy.

Please note: This information is provided for advice purposes only. Regulations differ from state to state, so please consult your local authorities or an industry professional before proceeding with any work. See our Terms & Conditions here.


Published: 2022-09-08

Air Conditioning Specialists You Can Trust

Our Promise Going Further

Our specialists pride themselves with honest reliable services

Honest

Our fixed pricing structure guarantees transparency. You will always be quoted the complete costs before work can commence, and our expert technicians will guide you through the process.

Our specialists pride themselves with honest reliable services

Committed

Not all jobs are created equal, but all jobs are equally important. Whether it's a simple repair or ducted air conditioning install, we apply the same high levels of dedication and service no matter the scope of the work.

Professional Expert Technicians

Professional

Home is your castle. Your pride and joy. Our well-spoken technicians will show respect towards you and your property and always clean up after themselves.

Technician Zip Pay Payment Options Image
Technician Zip Pay Payment Options Image

Now Available!

Interest free Air Con with trusted pay later options

What Our Happy Customers Have to Say

Better service starts here

5 stars rating

I called them in the morning, and they were at my doorstep within a few hours. The technician was quick to identify the problem, had the necessary parts, and repaired my AC unit in no time.

Marion Minguillon - WA
5 stars rating

My AC was acting up, and I was worried about a hefty repair bill. However, the technicians quickly identified a minor issue, fixed it, and didn't overcharge me. I appreciate their honesty and expertise in troubleshooting the problem.

Sara Cribbs - VIC
5 stars rating

Thorough filter cleaning left no room for concerns, resulting in cleaner air and AC that requires less maintenance. Our home's air quality has improved dramatically, and we couldn't be happier with the outcome.

Lorenzo Rodriguez - SA
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air Conditioning Logo

    When looking for a leading supplier of wall mounted split systems, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries air conditioners offer reliable, high-quality heating and cooling perfect for Australian family homes.

  • Temperzone Air Conditioning Logo

    Temperzone is the award-winning global manufacturer of air conditioners and leaders in climate innovation with a wide range of systems suitable for Australian homes and commercial applications.

  • Bonaire Air Conditioning Logo

    Bonaire heating and cooling systems are economical, yet high performance. Their reliable air conditioners are manufactured in Adelaide and expertly designed to withstand year-round weather extremes.

  • ActronAir Air Conditioning Logo

    For incredible home comfort, you want ActronAir. Ducted systems or wall hung splits, ActronAir air conditioning has the best residential cooling solutions. You'll never complain about the heat again.

  • Fujitsu Air Conditioning Logo

    Stay comfortable all summer long thanks to Fujitsu air conditioning. Fujitsu ducted air conditioning units are perfect for Aussie homes so when you need repairs or servicing, call Metropolitan.

  • Sharp Air Air Conditioning Logo

    With over 100 years in the industry, Japan’s Sharp Air Conditioning is known for luxury products. Sharp air cons provide convenient and effective cooling performance, to deliver year round comfort.

  • Hitachi Air Conditioning Logo

    Are you ready to discover the incredible range of Hitachi air conditioners? We’re talking split systems, wall mounted, ducted heating and cooling and more. So plenty of options for achieving comfort.

  • Stadt Air Conditioning Logo

    STADT air conditioning is synonymous with high quality Australian owned ducted heating and cooling. For any STADT air conditioning service and repair, we are your Australian experts.

  • Haier Air Conditioning Logo

    With over 30 years in the industry, Haier is known internationally for its energy efficient and smart heating and cooling solutions. Haier heating and cooling is just a tap away.

  • Vulcan Air Conditioning Logo

    When you're after a Vulcan air conditioning service, you want Metropolitan. We're experts in Vulcan climate control, providing repairs and servicing for air conditioners.

  • Kelvinator Air Air Conditioning Logo

    Australians have enjoyed Kelvinator's cooling reliability for over 80 years. Whether you have a Kelvinator window air conditioner or Kelvinator split system, Metropolitan is here to help 24/7.

  • York Air Air Conditioning Logo

    For optimal year-round comfort from your AC unit, York is the name to know. Distributed by Bonaire, York air conditioners Australia offer superior AC solutions perfect for our Australian climate.

  • Lennox Air Conditioning Logo

    Lennox is a globally recognised brand with a great range of energy-efficient HVAC systems. Choose a Lennox air conditioner when craving that desirable climate control and year-round comfort.

  • LG Air Conditioning Logo

    LG is a world leader in consumer electronics, and its air conditioners are no different. From smart split systems to energy efficient ducted air conditioning, LG air conditioning does it all.

  • Midea Air Conditioning Logo

    Midea is an Australian giant with an international reputation for quality split system air conditioning. You can also find portable coolers and window boxes among the Midea air conditioner range.

  • Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Logo

    Mitsubishi Electric supplies premium residential air conditioners in Australia. Their sophisticated designs, including their sleek wall split system models, are built to offer long-term comfort.

  • Panasonic Air Conditioning Logo

    The latest and greatest Panasonic air conditioners go beyond heating and cooling with air purifying features for healthier breathing. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

  • Rinnai Air Conditioning Logo

    Rinnai is a trusted household name in all things heating and cooling. From the Rinnai gas heater to inverter splits and reverse cycle ducted systems, there's a Rinnai solution for every Aussie house.

  • Samsung Air Conditioning Logo

    Samsung Air Conditioning is known for its reliability and performance. These efficient climate systems are as highly regarded as Samsung’s TVs, home appliances and popular Galaxy smartphones.

  • Brivis Air Conditioning Logo

    Brivis by Rinnai has been a titan in the air conditioning game for 50 years. With an impressive heating and cooling system range, the Brivis name goes hand in hand with quality and longevity.

  • Braemar Air Conditioning Logo

    Braemar has all your heating and cooling needs sorted. Evaporative cooling, ducted gas heating, space heaters, wall heaters, split systems and reverse cycle - Braemar has you covered year-round.

  • Carrier Air Conditioning Logo

    The Carrier air conditioning range is known for sustainability and affordable prices. As a leading Australian AC supplier, Carrier strives to improve the industry through innovative cooling solutions.

  • Breezair Air Conditioning Logo

    Are you after a market leader in evaporative cooling? You need Breezair. Breezair evaporative coolers are manufactured in Australia so you know you're getting cooling to stand the Aussie heat.

  • Kaden Air Conditioning Logo

    Simple solutions are the foundations of Kaden heating and cooling. Products like the Kaden split system are perfect for the ever changing Australian climate so you can always remain content at home.

  • Celair Air Conditioning Logo

    Celair is a leader in ducted evaporative air conditioning with over 40 years of experience behind them. Manufactured right here in Australia, Celair heating and cooling supports local Australians too.

  • NEC Air Air Conditioning Logo

    Beat the heat with a NEC split system. NEC has a heating and cooling solution that will keep you comfortable in all seasons. Experience superior energy efficient heating and cooling with NEC.

  • Coolair Air Conditioning Logo

    As an Australian owned and operated manufacturer, Coolair evaporative air conditioning makes a great high performance companion for anyone looking to escape the harsh heat of our great southern land.

  • Sanyo Air Conditioning Logo

    Sanyo air conditioning models were known for providing trusted AC performance. Although Sanyo no longer operates, Metropolitan can still offer expert 24/7 service to your existing Sanyo system.

  • Toshiba Air Conditioning Logo

    Toshiba air conditioning makes use of innovative DC Hybrid Inverter technology which automatically provides high capacity heating and cooling when necessary and minimises running costs when it’s not.

  • TECO Air Conditioning Logo

    TECO has been heating and cooling Australian homes for over 30 years. With split systems, multi splits, window/wall air conditioners and ducted air conditioning, TECO has the whole home covered.

Metropolitan Air Conditioning Service Reviews Metropolitan Air Conditioning Service Reviews