When the winter months are beginning to roll around and the intense Australian summer is long gone, gearing up to keep warm starts to move up our priority lists. Still a crowd-favourite across the country, ducted gas heating is a great choice for welcoming warmth into properties of all forms, particularly residential spaces seeking out comfort and consistent results.
But with so many options on the market and technology increasingly advancing, the lines are often blurred around what kind of unit is the best fit for Australia homes, both physically and financially.
Why should you opt for gas ducting heating in the first place?
If you’re a fan of the traditional fireplace, we don’t blame you, but streamlining efficiency around the entire home and ensuring all spaces are evenly warmed up can be difficult. Ducted versions for heating and cooling are designed to distribute air flow throughout all areas of your house, ensuring you’re kept snug and cozy, no matter where you happen to wander.
Beyond that, there are many other benefits to choosing this form of heating over others, including:
- This variation still carries a reputation for being extremely reliable, working when and where you need it most. This is particularly useful for comfort on those cold mornings and brisk winter evenings.
- It can save you money as it is one of the most energy-efficient heating solutions on offer. Sustainability Victoria actually estimates the running cost per annum (depending on the size of your system) can range from just $1285 to $1600, based on an average-sized household.
- These systems are significantly environmentally friendly and produce lower CO2 gas emissions across the board. We only have one planet, so every little bit helps to play a positive role in keeping the environment healthy.
- It is healthier for you in many aspects, including reducing allergens in the home. These systems are also not as drying, compared to other forms of heating.
Things to think about for gas ducted heating and servicing
Often, many people don’t think about the longevity of their purchase, and the servicing required to keep things all in working order. With gas ducted heating, it’s critical maintenance is kept up-to-date, not only for the upkeep of performance but for safety and health-related reasons.
When investing in these systems, consider how often you’ll be required to service it, and why. We’ve outlined some of the most important factors that come with abandoning regular maintenance, and what happens if you fail to keep on top of it.
What is the ideal time frame to service your ducted gas heating system?
As a guide, it is recommended to invest in a professional service annually despite whether you have a refrigerated ducted system or gas ducted heating. However, if you have recently purchased a new home, we urge you to have maintenance done before switching the system on, unless sufficient servicing documentation has been provided to you.
While it can be easy to think that servicing annually is not entirely necessary, it’s important to consider all the safety aspects involved. A quick Google search will show ‘DIY experts’ deeming these services as a waste of money when you can easily do it yourself. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth and can be a dangerously misleading approach to take.
The most significant concern associated with poorly maintained units is the potential for carbon monoxide leaks to occur. These instances can lead to poisoning from those utilising the space. But the most dangerous aspect of this is that these leaks are not detectable through smell or sight – they’re often found lurking in our homes without us even knowing.
Additionally, the gas can cause symptoms that range from mild side-effects – including nausea and headaches – right through to more life-threatening seizures and breathing conditions. In the most severe cases, it can even prove to be fatal.
The dangers of not servicing your gas ducted heating
Most of us are guilty of thinking the worst case scenario won’t happen to us. But it can and it does. In 2018, a Victorian woman passed away when her gas heater was found to be emitting carbon monoxide. Additionally, another family of four were hospitalised with similar symptoms.
While this is frightening to consider, you can avoid these disastrous results by keeping your unit in check. Regular servicing goes a long way and qualified tradespeople are the best possible way to eliminate threats.
Beyond the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, having a professional regularly maintain your heated gas system will also provide:
Safety: Do you even know what is inside your ducts? Often, we end up breathing in mould without even knowing it. This can lead to health complications becoming a significant concern as a result. Additionally, you may even encounter a fan full of dust that has the potential to spark flames – a disaster you definitely want to avoid.
Cost savings: When you make an investment like equipping your home with gas heating, you want to ensure the longevity of it is safe and sound. Regular servicing ensures everything is kept in working order and preempts surprise bills when things go wrong.
Comfort continuity: If there is a heat wave or cold snap, none of us want to be ‘those people’ who have to wait weeks for a call-out emergency service, or for a particular part to come in when you need it most. Keeping on top of maintenance helps to ensure you’re not in the waiting line when the elements start to turn harsh.
When you decide to have your system professionally serviced, it’s also a good idea to understand what to expect from the experts. In essence, your dedicated professional should complete the following process:
- Step one: Your ducted gas heating unit should be given a thorough inspection of overall performance and air flow. This is much like your car where everything is systematically checked.
- Step two: All cracks and holes are then to be assessed. These can cause sub-optimal performance and are the leading cause of carbon monoxide poisoning. Even the smallest crack can have dire consequences.
- Step three: The expert should test and then test again, making sure the gas pressure is set to where it needs to be. They’ll likely assess whether the burner and pilot ignition kicking in the way they should be, allowing for almost instantaneous warmth throughout your home. They’ll then check (again) whether carbon monoxide levels are sitting within the safe zone.
- Step four: All fans, filters and burner components will be cleaned out. All those nifty YouTube DIY videos will give you a little bit of an insight into how this is done, only experts in this field have the knowledge to ensure this part of the job is done to industry standards and safety benchmarks. This is such a critical part of keeping your family safe, so it’s always best not to leave it to chance.
- Step five: Once everything has been replaced, cleaned and tested, your dedicated technician will switch on the system to ensure everything is in perfect working order.
For peace of mind it is also important to look for:
- Accreditation and Associations of your chosen plumber/gas fitter;
- Years in the industry and their individual business;
- Whether their business is their primary job so that you can be sure you’re getting the experts in the field;
- Positive reviews and feedback from former customers;
- The ability to access support that helps you to understand what is being done and why.
The importance of regularly servicing your ducted gas heating system is crucial, and no matter just how advanced technology in the space becomes, opting for expert support will always remain a priority. Keep you and your family safe from harm – be it physically or financially – through regular upkeep of your unit.
Not sure where to get started? Get in touch with the Alpha Air experts to book in your service now.