Ducted gas heating is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to heat your home. But how much does it cost? We’ll go through the cost of running a ducted gas heating system, installation, maintenance and repairs.
Gas ducted heating is an attractive option for whole home heating, especially due to the running costs. In almost all situations, gas ducted heating has the cheapest running costs compared to any other system. Low-efficiency gas ducted heating is still efficient compared to other heating systems like electric heating or the heating function on a split system air conditioner. High-efficiency systems can reduce running costs further by up to $200 a year.
Sustainability Victoria estimates the price to heat an entire home (160-170 m2) with gas to cost $670 per year with an efficient system.
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The installation cost of gas ducted heating is broken down into two parts, The cost of the unit and the cost of the installation. The cost of the unit itself is the easiest to estimate the prices for the units are generally fixed. The cost of a gas ducted heating unit generally varies between $1500 and $3500 depending on the capacity of the unit, the energy efficiency and additional features such as zoning which allows you control over heating certain sections of the home.
The installation of the unit is made up of a combination of labour and parts. These costs are much more variable and will be unique to your home. Factors such as the size of your home, the configuration and the construction of your home will affect the cost of the installation and must be quoted on an individual basis. Quotations for installation will take into account things like the number of vents to be installed, the distance ducting needs to be run and ease of access to crawl space in the roof or under the house.
We recommend that your heating system is checked and serviced at least once every 18 months; although it is ideal to have your heater serviced yearly at the beginning of winter.
Servicing your gas ducted heating unit is important as it will increase the life of your heater and reduce the cost of running the unit. Read about why you should service your gas heater, click here.
The cost of scheduled maintenance averages around the $200 mark and will vary slightly depending on the company, the service area and the time of year. Many companies will also offer deals to regular customers and some have membership programs where you can save significantly with yearly servicing contracts.
Repair costs for gas ducted heating are very reasonable compared to other styles of units. They will be more expensive than small portable units, however, many small gas heaters are sealed systems and cannot be repaired if they break and replacement is the only option.
If your unit breaks down or issues are identified during a routine maintenance service then repairs must be quoted. Repair costs will be subject to two main factors, parts and labour. The amount of labour required will depend on the parts being replaced and your particular unit configuration and ease of access. The cost of parts required for the repair will depend on the particular issue, but also on the age of the unit, the brand, whether parts are still in production and whether aftermarket parts are available.