Gas or Wood Central Heating Unit. Advantages and Disadvantages of Each System

Indoor heating represents a serious investment and considerable regular costs, that everyone tries to minimize, first of all by choosing the most appropriate central heating unit type. The choice between gas or wood central heating unit, probably the two most popular solutions, and it’s often dictated by the possibility to connect to the national gas network or its absence in certain areas. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of the two heating systems.

Gas or wood central heating unit. Gas


  • cheap fuel
  • multiple technical solutions: there are central heating units with natural draft, forced draft, condensation, hermetic seal heater etc.
  • wide power range
  • easy to use


  • the network isn’t well developed in all the country

A gas central heating unit and its installation cost at least 1,200 dollars and in some cases can be as much as 3,000 dollars.

But it’s a quickly amortizable investment, because heating costs are  pretty low. In a 1,300 square feet home, heating and provision of hot water will cost 425 to 700 dollars annually, which is similar to using a wood central heating unit.

Gas or wood central heating unit. Wood


  • cheap fuel


  • you have to constantly load it with fuel
  • it needs some safety elements in case of a power shortage, which can otherwise cause serious problems, unlike in the case of other types of heating units
  • installation. Wood central heating units include boiler, pumps, expansion tanks, puffers, safety elements which are not integrated, but installed separately.

Buying and installing a wood central heating unit can cost at least 1,185 dollars, which covers buying a gas unit and connecting it to the national network if the distance to the pipes is short.

For a 1,300 sq. ft. home, anual spending on wood is between 300 and 600 dollars.


You may also like...