Are Electric Heaters Cost-Effective in Commercial Properties?

If you own a commercial property, you may wonder if electric heaters are cost-effective for heating your building. Electric heating has become increasingly popular in recent years, leading many property owners to question whether it’s time to replace traditional gas infrastructure. This blog post will explore whether electric heating can be more cost-effective than gas heating for commercial properties.

Size & Layout of Your Commercial Property

One key factor determining which heating system is most relevant for your commercial property is its size and layout.

The size of your property will determine the heating capacity required to heat the space effectively. For large buildings with multiple rooms, such as office blocks or schools, a central heating system would almost always be more efficient than a few portable heaters.

Your property’s layout can also affect your heating system’s energy efficiency. A building with high ceilings or many windows, such as a warehouse or a church, can make it harder to maintain a consistent temperature and retain heat. Electric heaters or a radiant floor heating system could be a more practical alternative than a traditional system.

Moreover, the size and layout of your property can affect the feasibility of installing ductwork, which can influence the type of heating system that can be accommodated and dramatically affect the overall installation costs.

Electric Heating vs Gas Heating: Which is more cost-effective?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to whether electric or gas heating is more cost-effective. However, there are some general trends to consider.

Smaller buildings or rooms can benefit more from electric heating. Electric heaters are cheaper to install than gas systems and don’t require a flue or ventilation system. They are also generally more energy-efficient than gas heaters, which can lead to long-term cost savings.

It’s essential to have a clear goal of what you want your electric heating system to achieve and choose the right type accordingly. Electric heaters primarily heat the air, but others, such as infrared heaters, are designed to heat people directly through the emission of infrared radiation.

For instance, if an employee works at one workstation the whole day, an infrared heater pointed toward them would be the most effective. However, employees who work at different workstations throughout the day may feel more heat in some areas than others.


We are at a transformative point in the industry where we continue to look for sustainable and cost-effective solutions to heat commercial properties. Many commercial property owners still decide whether to install new systems or keep what they have and wait for new technology to develop.

Two things are certain: electric heating can be a more cost-effective option for smaller commercial properties, and gas heating is a popular and cost-effective option for more significant properties in the region.

With gas appliances set to stop being sold after 2025 under the government’s strategy, it’s essential to consider various factors and make an informed decision based on your specific needs and design. We always recommend using a trusted contractor to help you make the best decision. Contact us today to book a site survey to see what your property is capable of.

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