Natural Gas vs LPG vs Oil vs Electric Boilers: Which Should I Choose in 2021?

February 25, 2021

There are many different things to consider when choosing your next new boiler. It can be a confusing and complicated decision to make, especially if you don’t have all the facts. We’re here to make the whole process simpler for you by breaking down the key pros and cons of gas, electric and oil boilers so that you can be confident in your choice.

Gas Boilers

Why should I choose a gas boiler?

A modern gas boiler is an efficient machine that can be run incredibly cheaply, costing on average 4.17p/kWh to run. If you live on the National Grid, the gas is piped directly into your home so a consistent supply of energy to your home is stable and reliable. There are a variety of well-known, reputable brands out there supplying high-quality gas boilers, such as Worcester Bosch so you can be sure your central heating is in good hands.


What are the cons of gas boilers?

Around 15% of the UK’s population do not live in an area connected to the National Grid, and so getting a gas boiler installed in a rural location could be very complicated and expensive. However, there are other options if you have your heart set on gas, such as LPG-powered systems.


Electric Boilers

Why should I choose an electric boiler?

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly boiler that will see you into the future, an electric system is the way to go. They require little maintenance and are incredibly energy efficient. In terms of aesthetics, they are compact, stylish and nearly silent when running and work amazingly when used in conjunction with smart heating technology too.


What are the cons of electric boilers?

Electric heating bills can be a bit pricey running at an average of 16.36p/kWh. The power supply can also be affected by power cuts, meaning that you could be left without any hot water or heating in the event of an outage.


LPG Boilers

Why should I choose an LPG boiler?

Standing for Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG is an excellent alternative to natural gas when providing heating and hot water to your home. The upfront cost of an LPG boiler is often less than an oil boiler and LPG is a cleaner fuel compared to oil. LPG can be stored either in individual bottles or a bulk tank depending on the conditions at the property so we can be make sure your heating systems works with your circumstances.


What are the cons of LPG boilers?

The ongoing costs of LPG tend to be higher than oil or natural gas, and strict regulations mean that positioning of LPG bottles or a bulk tank can be difficult. As with oil, you can only store a finite amount of fuel so it is important to keep an eye on your fuel levels so that you don’t go without heating or hot water.


Oil Boilers

Why should I choose an oil boiler?

An oil boiler can be a great alternative if you aren’t on the National Grid and therefore can’t realistically access a gas boiler. The average cost of running is only slightly higher than natural gas, making it another affordable option. If you have a modern boiler, oil can be a very efficient fuel source and, when prices are low, you can stock up on fuel supplies and shop around between suppliers easily.


What are the cons of oil boilers?

If you don’t already have the infrastructure in place, installing an oil heating system can be complicated and expensive. You will need to have a large storage tank in your garden that is accessible for large lorries to deliver your oil to keep your home running which may not be possible if you live in a densely packed area. Both your oil boiler and the tank require regular annual servicing and maintenance too.


Which should I choose?

Each heating system has positives and negatives, and different options may suit different homes more. We offer a free home visit consultation prior to any boiler installation to make sure we install the right boiler for you and your family. Find out more about new boiler installations with SGS here. You should also keep in mind the environmental impact of different boiler systems and work out how you can make the most eco-friendly choice for your home.

SGS have qualified engineers for natural gas, LPG, oil and electric boiler installations. Get in touch today if you’re interested in getting matched up with the boiler of your dreams.