In countries where home heating is a necessity, the most common options available for builders and homeowners are gas and electric heating. If one buys a pre-existing home, heating options may be fixed. In the event that a heating unit has to be replaced, the toss up is between gas and electric central heating. Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages.
How electric heating works
Between the two, this is considered the greener and cleaner option. Electric heating is also popular because there is no need for fuel supplies or even gas lines into the home. Since wood or oil is not needed, there is no need for supplies either. Heat is produced without combustible materials – these cuts out the need to install vents or exhausts for fumes. Residents don’t have to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning.
The main drawback with central heating is that it can get very expensive. Electric companies burn fossil fuels to generate electricity and pollute the atmosphere. In the US, electric companies have to adhere to many regulations and pass on the costs to consumers.
How gas central heating works
Gas central heating is faster and more efficient compared to electric heating. When compared with electric heating, gas systems respond better and the results are felt in a short span. The gas can also heat water faster than electricity. Gas is less expensive to produce and can be stored indefinitely. This makes it a more viable option to choose.
The downside of choosing gas heating is that there is a danger of invisible gases permeating a structure. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real issue and can kill if it is not detected in time. People who choose to get a gas heating system installed should get CO2 monitors all over the house and ensure that they are in good working order. Installing gas lines to connect existing homes can be expensive. Gas systems in earthquake prone areas can be a serious problem. The choice of heating depends on a person’s existing home, budget and needs.