If you have the option of choosing between using fuels such as oil, gas and electricity as a way to heat your home and hot water the chances are you are using the option chosen by the previous occupier. If that is a gas fuelled heating system then it could well be time to consider a switch to using electric heaters and an electric boiler instead.
Let’s look at the main benefits of switching from gas to electric heaters and boilers in your home.
It’s a ‘cleaner’ form of energy
Overall electricity is more efficient and kinder to the environment than the alternatives of oil and gas, so it’s a good choice for anyone with an interest in green issues.
Electric heating systems offer more control
If you use a gas or oil-feuled home heating system you are familiar with the fact that the entire system is either on or off – which can be inconvenient if you don’t want or need to heat your entire property. Electric heaters, on the other hand, are designed to work independently of each other, leaving you free not just to turn them on and off as you choose to, but also to decide on the temperature each unit is set to.
There’s no need to order supplies
There’s nothing worse than running low or even out of oil than having to wait a while for a delivery – which is an even bigger worry when the depths of winter place more demand on supplies than usual.
And oftentimes you’ll need to replace old storage heaters with new ones due to daily wear and tear so you’re just as well replacing it with an electric heater.
Electricity is the safest fuel
You don’t need to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning or the risk of explosions which gas supplied systems bring.
The advantages of switching to an electric boiler
They are extremely energy efficient, largely because as both gas and oil are fossil fuels they produce more waste gases during the process which converts them to heat.
Pretty much anyone can have one installed, so even if gas is not available in the area where you live there is a better alternative than oil available.
They are often smaller than gas boilers as they don’t need a flue. They are also more flexible in where they can be positioned, for the same reason – there’s no need to be limited to siting your boiler on an outside wall.
If you are looking to switch from an oil-fired water heating system you will find an electric boiler is much cheaper to install than a gas boiler as you don’t need to factor in the cost of a chimney or flue.
Electric water boilers are much cheaper to maintain than other systems as they don’t have a lot of parts to malfunction or wear out. It also doesn’t need any particular level of maintenance on a yearly basis.
There are lots of good reasons why it is worth switching from gas or oil fuelled water heater and boiler systems to the electric alternative, whether you are motivated more by reducing your carbon footprint or simply by the convenience.