The advantages of heating your home with natural gas are abundant, including convenience, energy and cost savings, reliable supply, and environmental benefits. We list the major advantages so that you can make an informed decision.
Unlike with electricity, natural gas supply is unaffected by the weather. Its delivery via underground pipelines means that storms won’t disrupt supply so your home will stay toasty warm no matter what’s happening outside.
One of the greatest benefits of natural gas is its potential for instant heat. As soon as a heater or heating system is turned on the ignitor is lit and heat begins to flow into your home. There’s no waiting for your house to slowly warm up, plus a cozy atmosphere can also be created immediately - imagine the effect of a roaring log fire which can be ignited at the flip of a switch and then left, without having to gather and carefully stack firewood and kindling, light it, wait for the flames to grow big enough and then continue to maintain it.
Unlike wood or coal fires, natural gas doesn’t leave behind smoke, ash or odours. Because of this, gas heaters tend to have a longer operational life and require less maintenance than other types of heater.
Natural gas is, in most states, far less expensive than electricity. The initial cost involved in buying a gas heater may be higher but the lower running costs will save you money in the long term. As heating and cooling your home uses more energy than anything else, including cooking, water heating, lighting, and running appliances, this is something that should be carefully considered.
Newer ducted heating models allow you to compartmentalise your home into zones so that you can enjoy the convenience of central heating without having to heat every room in your house at once, which saves both energy and money. Ducted gas heating also boasts a constant and consistent heat output, regardless of how cold it is outside, and won’t dry out the eyes, unlike reverse cycle heating systems.
Compared to coal or oil, natural gas produces very low carbon emissions - around 70% less than other fossil fuels. In fact, the combustion process for natural gas is close to perfect, with only a small amount of by products emitted into the atmosphere as pollutants when it is burned. It emits hardly any sulphur, far less nitrogen dioxide, and no solid waste.