How Much Does a Gas Wall Heater Cost?
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A gas wall heater is a perfect solution for those that cannot afford a heating solution that’s distributed throughout the house. A gas wall heater provides sufficient energy to heat up a room and could cost less than the usual set up of a full functioning house heater such as a boiler. Homeowners often choose this option instead of running ductwork.
How much is it?
- The price of a gas wall heater varies depending on the brand and energy output. The average gas wall heater, without installation, can cost as little as $600 to more than $2,100. If a professional installation is factored in, this can add an additional $150 to $500 to the cost. To properly budget, plan on spending anywhere from $750 to $2,000 for both the wall heater and the professional installation job.
- Home Depot, for example, has close to 60 wall heaters for sale. The prices range from as little as $140 for a 20,000 BTU Blue Flame Vent Free wall heater to as much as $818 for a 35,000 BTU enclose front console natural gas room heater with blower.
What is going to be included?
- A wall heater will be installed within the walls of the home, typically between the studs in the room’s drywall. They can often be found in the bathrooms to offer an extra layer of heat on chilly mornings. Commonly, this wall heater will be a few inches away from the room it heats and will work simply by drawing the cool air through the bottom of the unit, heating it up, and then expelling it through the vent near the top. This type of furnace will be found in smaller homes such as an apartment or home smaller than 1,000 square feet.
- A warranty should be provided depending on the model of the unit. The warranty provided with the product will usually be anywhere from one to two years. Some warranties can last up to a lifetime with limitations.
- Some wall heaters may include the additional accessories such as the dust covers, blowers and cleaning supplies.
- The average professional installation job should take one to three hours, depending on the complexity.
What are the extra costs?
- To provide additional protection for your gas wall heater, dust covers are sold separately for $10 to $20. This dust cover will protect the unit from collecting dust while distributing the heat.
- To evenly distribute heat in the house, you will need a wall heater blower that will more than likely have to be installed separately. These blowers can cost $30 to $60.
- While a wall heater is easy to install, some prefer to have a professional help with the installation process. Installation can cost $200 to $400 to install one into a wall.
- How much does a gas wall heater cost to run? Generally speaking, a gas furnace is about 75% efficient, on average, but when compared to a wall heater, which is almost 100% efficient, can cost less to run, even though it’s using the same gas. Depending on your local natural gas prices, it can cost $0.23 per hour at $0.39 per therm.
Tips to know:
- Avoid wet areas when running your space heater. This can damage the unit as well as become an electrical hazard.
- Never run the heater when you’re not present in the room. These aren’t designed to heat the room when you’re gone.
- Keep items such as curtains and furniture at least three feet away to ensure that no damage is done.
- Gas wall heaters tend to be one of the more popular options, but it can come as an electric unit as well. Electric units are easier to install and can cost less, however, since it will only need electricity to run. On the flipside, gas wall heaters are better for the environment since the built-in, double-vent system offers better air circulation, allowing better air quality inside the home.
- All vent-free heaters will be certified by the American Gas Association and will have safety pilot systems in place to shut off the flame if there’s an interruption in the gas supply.
How can I save money?
- To save money, turn on the gas wall heater only as needed and choose a gas wall heater that has an auto off and on feature that will detect the room temperature. This will activate and deactivate based on the room’s temperature.
- Get quotes from at least three to five different companies if you want to have it professionally installed. Be sure to get a heater that is sufficient enough to heat up your room.
- Consider purchasing a used unit on sites, such as Craigslist, to help save money.
- Gas wall heaters will see cheaper utility bills when compared to an electric alternative.
- As stated above, many homeowners purchase a wall heater because they want to bypass the expensive ductwork. Talk with an HVAC professional to see if this option will actually save you money. In some cases, it may cheaper and more efficient to have ductwork installed instead of running a separate unit.