Baseboard Heat vs Gas Heat

When choosing between baseboard heat and gas heat there are many things to consider. You will want to think about efficiency, cost, and safety. Each type of heating source has pros and cons. However, when it comes to cost gas heat will almost always be the cost effective choice.

Baseboard Heat Allows Additional Control

If you have baseboard heat in your home you can enjoy the advantage of turning units on or off as they are needed. If you have a spare bedroom that no one uses you can choose not to heat it. While you can shut the vents with a gas system you still loose a small amount of heat into every room.

Gas Heat is Much Cheaper than Baseboard Heat

Baseboard heaters are just like space heaters. They use a constant supply of energy to put off heat. However, gas heating systems are more effective. They heat a home to a preset temperature and then maintain it. The cost per unit of gas is also much cheaper when compared to the equivalent unit of electric. However, natural gas will be much cheaper than propane gas. Because propane has to be delivered and pumped into a tank it often costs substantially more than natural gas.

Choosing between natural gas, propane, or baseboard heating systems is a personal choice. However, of the three options natural gas heat is considered the "green", economical and most effective form of heat.