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5. Heating Options for Homes Without Gas

If your home doesn’t have a gas line running to it, or you’re facing issues with your gas supply, there are various alternative to heat your home you can consider. Heating options without gas mostly rely on electricity and alternative fuel sources. Some of them can be cheaper than gas heating, while others can cost significantly more.

What are the alternative heating to gas?

1. Electric heater

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A good electric heater can easily keep a room warm, but it draws a lot of power. This option is recommended when no alternatives are available. One of the main benefits of electric space heaters is that they are widely available in different configurations and are very simple to use. Keep in mind that running several in parallel can add a lot to your electricity bill very fast.

2. Underfloor heating

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Another viable option is electric or water underfloor heating. Although it requires some rework of your existing property. This is especially true when you want to use water underfloor heating.

It’s always recommended to work with an expert for the installation and maintenance of underfloor heating, otherwise, you risk running into problems down the line, some of which may even compromise the safety of your home.

3. Wood stove

A wood stove is something you should already have installed. If your home doesn’t have one, installing a new one can get very expensive, especially when you consider venting. This is also something that must be done by a professional at all cost. In some areas you may even be prohibited from installing your own wood stove.

Always check your local regulations before proceeding with this type of modification if you’re intent on using a wood stove to heat your home. Don’t be cheap when it comes to hiring a professional either, as spending a bit more on this can go a long way towards overall quality and safety.

4. Oil heater

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Oil heaters are a good alternative to gas heating. They come in various shapes and sizes, including portable models that you can easily carry around the home with you. Contrary to what some people believe, oil heaters don’t always need to be used outdoors. Some models are designed for indoor use, but you have to make sure that you’re buying a model that supports this.

5. Infrared heater

Infrared heaters are technically a variant of electric heaters, though they come with some additional advantages. For example, they are great at warming up people in a targeted area without affecting any of the surrounding furniture or other sensitive items. Unfortunately, infrared heaters also tend to be more expensive due to the advanced components typically used in them.

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Heating Type Pros Cons
Electric heater Wide range of models, Easy installation and use Expensive to run, especially with multiple heaters
Underfloor heating Can easily warm up your whole home, or just important parts of it, Efficient Expensive and difficult to install, May not be available for your home
Wood stove Low running cost, Efficient heating Unpleasant smell, Requires venting
Oil heater Low cost, Fast operation Not adequate for heating larger spaces
Infrared heater Advanced heating that covers a wide area easily, Portable Expensive

Clara Annesley

Clara Annesley is an interior design and construction content writer. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Design Technology from the University of West London. Clara specialises in residential construction for topics like health & safety, architectural design and writing cost guides for renovation and remodelling projects.