When it comes to heating the house, many homeowners are rightly concerned about which choices are going to be most economical for the household. Unfortunately, determining which appliances are best suited to your particular situation is not always that easy. Even the experts sometimes have trouble making a cut and dry call in this case. However, there are some general guidelines that are worth keeping in mind.
To begin with, there’s no denying that electricity has become expensive in the past few years, and any electrically powered heating system is certainly going to cost more than a comparably powered gas installation. Simply put, gas costs less than electricity.
However, that does not mean that there are no circumstances in which electric heating can be economical. With that in mind, we’re going to examine a few situations in which electrical appliances may be the most affordable means of heating your home:
ü When your house is not hooked up to gas lines.
This is probably the most common scenario in which you are certainly better off with modern electric radiators. Newer models are highly efficient, and for those who are accustomed to using older high-energy models, purchasing a contemporary one could do a great deal of good for your energy bill. In fact, you may find yourself in a position where you finally quit asking yourself when it will be possible to run gas lines to your house and finally start enjoying the warm and cosy living space as it is.
ü When your house features a solar power grid.
Certainly not everyone falls into this category, but at least partial solar grids are becoming increasingly popular around the nation. Of course, in the UK, you can even sell the power that you produce on a solar grid back to the government. However, it is worth looking at how much the power is worth when you sell it, versus how much it costs to heat the house. In most cases, you are better using the power at home first and selling off whatever is leftover afterwards. Otherwise, you may end up earning a small of extra income on the power and spending three times as much keeping your house warm in the winter.
ü When you are only trying to heat a small space or specific room.
Central gas units are affordable when you are heating the whole house, but there are many situations in which simply purchasing an electric heating unit is much more practical than actually going to the lengths of installing new central heating lines. The garage is a good example of this, as is a closed off conservatory that is not going to be heated when nobody is spending time in it.
The above are just a handful of examples, and there are certainly others that would apply in increasingly rare situations. Suffice it to say the best way to determine the most economical means of heating your home is to take a long look at the space you are trying to heat as well as what is available to heat it.