Gas and Ducted Gas

Gas heaters use identical principles to electric heaters to warm your home or business. They do provide radiant heat, but most are fan-forced convection.

Modern gas heaters can be equipped with all the same climate control features you find with electric heaters such as thermostats and timers. If you want the ambience and warmth of a log fire but not the mess, there is a range of modern, realistic gas flame heaters to choose from.

Gas flame heaters tend to be less efficient as the flame produced is more for ambience than heat. Gas heating can also be ducted.

Pros

  • Competitively priced
  • Instant heat on demand
  • More appliances are becoming available
  • Burns cleanly

cons

  • Non-renewable and releases carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Can be expensive if your home is not properly insulated

Important

AURORA STRONGLY ADVISES THAT YOU PURCHASE A FLUED GAS HEATER. That means a gas heater that connects directly through an outside wall – using air from inside and then expelling spent gases outside.

Unflued gas heaters burn oxygen from within. If installing an unflued gas heater, you must allow for adequate ventilation by, for example, leaving a window open. Some states of Australia have regulations against using a permanently installed unflued gas heater.

Ducted Gas

Ducted gas pipes warm air and pass it through ducts to your rooms. Zoned systems allow the heating of only the rooms in use and can help reduce energy consumption.

As with all ducted systems, warm air enters through floor/ceiling ducts and circulates throughout the room. Under-floor systems also allow the main heating unit to be installed outside or under your floor, saving you valuable space inside.

Where there's not enough under-floor space, most premises can install an overhead ducted heating system in the ceiling instead. The heating unit can be mounted in the ceiling or outside, depending on the design of your premises.

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Cheaper installation (than a ducted heat pump of equivalent size)
  • Thermostat control
  • Timer available

Cons

  • Less efficient than electricity