Indoor Heating – Gas or Electric, Which One is Better?

When you just need to heat a small area, you’re going to want to think about going with another option, such as a space heater. These are great solutions to one-room indoor heating.  

There are two types of indoor portable heaters: gas and electric. So which is better?


When it comes to electric heaters, there are two types: convection and radiant. Convection heaters are the most energy efficient. They are the best choice for large areas that are frequently used for short periods of time. 

These types of heaters operate by using a sealed heat transfer liquid, such as oil combined with an electrical heating element.  This liquid is safe from leaking. It never needs to be refilled, and it stores heat and sends it out using the natural way that air circulates. Some convection heaters employ fans to distribute the heat as well. These work the best when the room is sealed well, with no open doors. 

Fan-forced ceramic heaters provide warmth that can be easily focused where needed. The elements in ceramic heaters are self-regulating, and they will automatically cut heat when output is blocked. These heaters fill many functions, and are generally the best option when it comes to general home use. They’re great for sunrooms, bedrooms, and home offices. 


Portable gas heaters are used best when they are employed for heating large areas that are well ventilated, such as garages, or areas outside the home. These are the types you will often see on balconies, or in restaurants that specialise in al fresco dining.  

These unvented gas heaters are not for indoor use, as they can bring dangerous gases into the living area such as carbon monoxide. In many Australian states, they are banned from indoor use. 

Vented heaters, on the other hand, can be used indoors as they are designed to be placed next to a wall that has a vent  or window installed. This ventilation will direct harmful gasses to the exterior of the home.

If you’re going to go this route, make sure the vented heater is labeled “100%” outdoor air. These are the safest.  

Main types of gas heaters

  • Propane. These may need to be lit with a match. They provide heat for a long time, and are available in a variety of sizes.
  • Natural Gas heaters, can be both portable and installed into your home using an external gas line. They are also available in many sizes.
  • Kerosene Heaters. These are best for large areas, such as garages. They can be used indoors if there’s a power loss, for short periods of time. 

The Verdict

So we’ve taken you through the main types of portable heaters, gas and electric. 

What’s the best for indoor use? 

Definitely electric. Electric portable heaters are simply much safer, and they are designed specifically for indoor purposes.  Yes, you could use a kerosene heater indoor, or, if the space is large enough, even a propane heater. But there are risks with doing this. Go with the safest option—go electric.

If you’re looking for a portable heating solution, get in touch with us today or visit one of our three Gold Coast locations and speak to our friendly staff.

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