If you’re considering how to heat (and potentially cool) your home, you may be confused by the range of options available to you. Obviously a major consideration in heating is price, so let’s take a look at the costs involved with gas ducted heating to help you weigh up this option against the alternatives.
How does gas ducted heating work?
A gas-based heating system usually relies on a boiler to burn the fuel and heat the water. To heat the home, the warmed water is circulated throughout the house through radiators or in pipes under the floor. This process of heating is called convection and heats up the air in the rooms as the floors warm up.
Ducted gas heating allows you to use a single heating unit to heat the whole house, in contrast to most other heating systems. As the name implies, duct outlets distribute the heated air into the open space to heat up a room. These outlets are heavily insulated to maintain the heat in the air as it is transported throughout the property.
Gas heating is a highly efficient way to heat your home. By using natural gas you can reduce your energy costs as well as your carbon footprint. Zoning technology also makes it easy to set different temperatures throughout your home, ensuring everyone is comfortable and only the right amount of energy is consumed in the process.
How much does gas ducted heating cost?
There are a number of factors which can affect the running costs of a ducted gas heating solution, which include:
The particulars of your system, such as size, type and energy efficiency,
The thermostat temperature you set your system to,
What time of day you operate your system and the duration you leave it running,
The materials involved in the construction of your dwelling and the quality of any insulation you have installed, and
The height of your ceilings and the size and configuration of your rooms.
There are also a range of measures you can take to lower your ongoing costs, such as:
Choosing a system which includes zoning, which allows you to reduce or switch off the heating distributed to lower-occupied areas.
Selecting the right-sized system for your dwelling - if your property is well insulated then you might only need a smaller capacity system, and the associated lower running costs.
Ensure you have correctly sized and adjustable duct outlets
Closing windows, doors, blinds and curtains to keep heat in for the cold nights and heat out during the hot days.
Are there any additional maintenance costs?
Newer gas ducted heating units are built to last, but the correct maintenance should always be carried out to ensure the longevity of your system. The ideal schedule for your system involves routine maintenance every 18-24 months and should be factored in when calculating your running costs.
How do gas ducted heating costs compare with electric systems?
While a conventional electric heater can be more efficient than a gas system, the relatively inexpensive cost of gas means the running costs are cheaper with a gas solution. The routine maintenance required by your gas system is needed at longer intervals than an electric system, so your maintenance costs are generally lower.
The installation costs are likely to be higher with a gas system, however the consistent savings with running costs can make it a cheaper option overall if you plan on keeping your property for any reasonable amount of time.
For a more specific discussion about the costs of gas ducted heating or to organise a quote, please contact us and speak to a friendly member of our staff.