Cost analysis: heating with gas vs. solid fuels

Home heating is one of the key aspects of everyday life, having a direct impact on our comfort and home budget. Due to rising energy prices, more and more people are wondering which way of heating will be the most profitable for them. In this article, we will compare two popular solutions - heating with gas and solid fuels, analyzing their costs, efficiency and environmental impact. Read on to find out which of these solutions will work best for you.

Purchase and Installation costs

Gas heating requires the purchase of a gas boiler and installation, the costs of which are usually higher than in the case of solid fuel systems. Solid fuel boilers are generally less expensive, but the installation may require the construction of a chimney, which can increase initial costs.

The cost of a gas connection or a backyard tank.

Currently, it is increasingly difficult to obtain a permit to make a gas connection. Connections have been suspended across the country.

Fuel price

Natural gas as a fuel is usually more expensive than solid fuels such as coal or wood. Usually its price is less volatile and predictable. Recent experiences during the war with Russia have shown that gas prices can change dramatically and hit our wallets. For solid fuels, prices can vary significantly depending on season and availability. Coal, although cheap, tends to pollute the air, which can result in additional fees and restrictions. Wood and fuels derived from it are the least susceptible to influence. Especially when we are related to the wood processing industry and we have access to the raw material.



Gas boilers have high efficiency. However, modern coal, wood or pellet boilers that meet the requirements of Polish and European standards also have an efficiency of over 90%.


Maintenance costs

Gas boilers are usually easier to maintain and clean, which reduces service costs. Solid fuel boilers require regular cleaning and ash removal, which generates additional costs and labor.


Impact on the Environment

Natural gas burns cleanly and generates less CO2 emissions compared to solid fuels. Coal and wood generate more pollution, which has a negative impact on the environment and health. The choice of gas can therefore be more environmentally responsible.


Safety and Comfort

Gas heating is generally safer and less labor intensive. It does not require fuel storage or regular recharging to the boiler, which increases the comfort of use. Solid fuels require more attention and storage space.


The choice between gas heating and solid fuels is not only a matter of cost. It is also a matter of ecology and environmental emissions. It should be remembered that huge progress has been made in solid fuel boilers. If we use the right fuel, in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines, we can be sure that our device emits much less pollutants.

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