When it comes to heating your home during the cold winter months, what is the best option? Let’s break down the differences.
Across Australia, many are exchanging their beach clothes for jackets and starting to think through their cold-weather plans. As winter approaches, one of the things at the top of your list should be the current state of your heating system. Not only should you ask if it is in working condition for the colder weather, but is it in a cost-efficient position.
The last thing you need to worry about this autumn and winter is whether or not your heating bill is going to break the bank. When it comes to heating utility costs for your home, the difference may come down to the type of heating system you are currently running.
In most Aussie homes, there are three main options to choose from when it comes to heating:
- Electric Heaters
Electric heaters are typically portable or room-specific, creating heat through electricity. These are a cheaper option than the next two, especially if you are living in a smaller space or only use specific rooms in your home.
2. Gas Ducted Heaters
A gas heating system uses natural gas to move heated air throughout your home – typically through a ducted system. Gas ducted heating is a much more costly option to install than electric units, but will often make up the cost with utility savings and whole-home heat that is controlled from a single unit.
3. Ducted Reverse-Cycle Systems
Reverse-cycle systems are increasing in popularity due to their ability to push out more heat than the electricity units it consumes. These systems use a reverse-cycle set-up to circulate air through the unit to both cool and heat the house – an added option over a single-season unit. While they are more expensive than a basic electric unit, these systems are highly-rated for open floor plan homes.
How To Choose The Right Option For Your Home
When it comes to choosing the right heating option for your home, there are typically three elements to consider:
- What is the size of your home? How much area are you trying to heat?
- How do you feel about the specific pros/cons of each option? (Upfront installation costs, environmental issues from gas carbon monoxide, ability to heat the whole home, etc.)
- What budget do you have – or plan to have – for your yearly utilities?
To get a snapshot look at an average cost analysis, consider the following for a home in a moderate temperature climate that runs the heating utility six hours a day for twelve weeks. This average is based on 500 running hours:
Room In A Small Home (10–20 Square Meters)
- Gas Heating (1.5kW) – $212.50
- Electric Heating (2.4kW) – $312.50
- Reverse-Cycle Air Conditioning (3.5kW) – $113.83
Medium Home (35 Square Meters)
- Gas Heating (3.5kW) – $300.00
- Reverse-Cycle Air Conditioning (6.0kW) – $226.07
- Gas Heating (7kW) – $412.50
- Reverse-Cycle Air Conditioning (8.5kW) – $335.50
As we’ve seen, the heating method you choose will have a big impact on the cost of your heating. Typically, when you pay more upfront for an energy-efficient system such as ducted gas heating, you will see a recuperation of your money in the long-term through lower energy bills. However, if your budget isn’t quite there for a huge installation and you are okay with slightly higher utilities, you can spring for an electric system that focuses on heating specific rooms that are most often used.
No matter which heating method you choose, always look for an energy-efficient model that meets all recommended codes and regulations. This will help your unit to have a long shelf life and require little maintenance over the life of the unit, as well as ensuring that the heater will work as hard for your home as you do.
Learn More About The Right Heating For Your Home
If you are still unsure about which heating system to go for, the heating experts at Total Electrics & Air-Conditioning are available to help you. From choosing the right system for your specific heating needs to the installation process, their team of trained specialists can help you make the decisions that are best for your home, your family, and your budget.