Australian winters can be a chilly affair, with temperatures plunging into single digits. A reliable heating system can be the difference between a toasty, warm home and a cold living space. But choosing the right heater can be a tricky decision. Not only are there many brands available in the market, but also, there are different categories of heaters; each of which claims to be the ‘perfect’ solution. In this article, we will compare the two most widely used forms of heating homes in Australia: gas heating and split system air conditioners.
What are Gas Heaters?
As the name suggests, gas heating involves heating an indoor or outdoor space using a system powered by natural gas or LPG. Gas heaters come in different shapes and forms- from gas-powered fire places to convectors and portable heaters. Gas heaters have traditionally been used in Australian homes and are still widely used, although the trend is now shifting towards electric heating systems.
Advantages of Gas Heaters
There are many advantages of gas heaters that make it a popular option for heating homes. One of the biggest perceived benefits of gas heating is that it warms a space quickly and consumes less energy while doing so. Gas heaters also spread the heat evenly, helping you stay cosy on cold days. Since gas heaters use natural gas or LPG, the supply is guaranteed unless there is a major disturbance. Gas is cheaper than electricity hence there is a cost benefit, although that may change as gas prices keep inching up every year. In short, there are many reasons which make gas heaters an appealing option for Australian residents.
Disadvantages of Gas Heaters
Gas heaters are more expensive to purchase than split system air conditioners. They are also not very energy efficient with a lot of heat wastage. In the long run, this works out to be more costly to run gas heaters. Faulty gas heaters can also be a serious health hazard, due to fires or carbon monoxide leakage. Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous and can be detrimental to your family’s health. For this reason, gas heaters need to be regularly serviced and maintained to ensure they are compliant with safety regulations. How do gas heaters compare with split systems? Let’s find out.
What are Split System air conditioners?
Split system or reverse-cycle air conditioners, are indoor, wall-mounted units that are used primarily to condition the air in a single room. They provide heating and cooling using a sealed gas which is transferred from an indoor unit to an outdoor condenser (the reason behind the term ‘split’). The indoor unit provides the warm air using a heat exchange coil which passes through a filter into the room. The best split system air conditioners are quiet, discrete and provide satisfactory warmth in a normal sized room.
Advantages of Split System air conditioners
Split systems have many benefits that make them a preferred option today. They are more energy efficient, safer and end up costing much less in the long run. An energy-efficient, star-rated air conditioner can provide considerable savings compared to gas heating and keep your home warm throughout the winter. Gas prices in Australia are poised to increase, which in turn will push up the costs of running a gas heater. Not only is it is more economical to use a split system to heat your home, it’s more environmentally friendly as well.
So which would be better for your home or indoor space: a gas heater or a split system air conditioner? While that obviously depends on your individual need or budget, there is no denying that split system air conditioners are more versatile, energy efficient, greener, and safer compared to conventional gas heaters.
Why Daikin Spilt System Air Conditioners are an excellent choice
Daikin is one of the most trusted names in air conditioning in Australia and its products are widely used in residences and communities across the country. Daikin Split Systems are ideal for warming a room or a specific area in a home. During heating, the warm air flows down the wall and towards the floor for improved temperature distribution and comfort. Daikin split system air conditioners are designed to be more energy efficient and are perfect for the environmentally conscious consumer. Gone are the days of big, bulky split-systems as Daikin have designed slimmer, modern looking split systems as part of the overall range.
For more information on split system air conditioners, get in touch with Total Electrics and Air-Conditioning. Established in 2008, our inhouse team are experts in split-system air-conditioning. Contact us today.