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Advantages Of Electric Heating Over Gas Central Heating?

If you are thinking of upgrading your gas central heating to an electric system or are unsure what type of system to install in your beautiful new property, you are in the right place. Considering an electric system over a gas system is the first step to future proofing your home, lowering your energy bills and reducing your carbon footprint. To help you make the right decision for your property, read on to find out the advantages of electric heating over a gas system.

Comparing Gas & Electric

Electric heating systems and gas central heating are two popular methods of keeping homes warm and comfortable. While both systems serve the same purpose, they differ significantly in terms of operation and efficiency.

An electric heating system relies on electricity to generate heat. It typically consists of electric heaters or radiators installed throughout the house. When the system is activated, an electric current flows through the heating element, which converts electrical energy into heat. The generated heat is then released into the room, warming the air. Electric heating systems offer precise temperature control, allowing homeowners to adjust the heat output according to their preferences. They offer lower maintenance costs than traditional gas systems.

Gas central heating systems require a gas supply and a flue for exhaust gases. This means they need to be properly installed and maintained to ensure safety. Electric heating systems, on the other hand, do not have the same requirements and are generally easier to install and maintain.

When considering the environmental impact, electric heating systems have the potential to be more environmentally friendly. If the electricity is generated from renewable sources, such as wind or solar power, the system can operate with zero greenhouse gas emissions. Gas central heating, on the other hand, releases carbon dioxide and other emissions during the combustion process.

Advantages of Electric Heating Compared To Gas

1. No need for a gas supply

Electric heating systems do not require a gas supply, making them a viable option for properties that are not connected to the gas grid. This can be particularly beneficial in rural areas or for off-grid properties.

2. Installation flexibility

Electric heating systems are generally easier to install compared to gas central heating systems. They don’t require the installation of gas pipes or a flue, which can be time-consuming and costly. Plus, electric heaters can be installed almost anywhere whereas gas systems are limited to the location of the gas inlet.

3. Energy efficiency

Electric heating systems, such as heat pumps or electric radiators, can be highly energy efficient. Heat pumps, for example, can extract heat from the air, ground, or water and provide more energy output than the electricity they consume, resulting in lower energy bills.

4. Zoning and control

Electric heating systems offer greater control over individual heating zones within a property. Each room or area can have its own thermostat, allowing for precise temperature control and reducing energy wastage.

5. Safety

Electric heating systems generally have fewer safety concerns compared to gas central heating systems. There is no risk of gas leaks or carbon monoxide poisoning, which are potential risks associated with gas appliances. Electric water heaters heat water up on demand rather than storing water like a cylinder, meaning there is no risk of legionella infection from stored hot water.

6. Lower maintenance costs

Gas systems require annual servicing, but with an electric system there are no combustion components or flues to service or clean, reducing maintenance and servicing requirements to almost zero.

7. Renewable energy compatibility

Electric heating systems, such as electric radiators, can easily integrate with renewable energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines. This enables homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint and take advantage of clean, sustainable energy sources.

However, it’s worth noting that the cost of electricity can be higher than the cost of gas in some areas, which may impact the overall cost-effectiveness of electric heating. Additionally, gas central heating systems may offer a higher heat output for larger properties, so it’s important to consider the specific requirements and characteristics of the property when choosing a heating system.

The Harmony range of electric radiators by Climastar can help with that. Our system makes use of TRIAC technology to ensure only the electricity needed is used to maintain the required room temperature. You can read about our smart technology in one of our previous articles here.

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