Selecting an Energy Source

Before considering heater styles and sizes, it is important to explore the unique offerings of each source of energy. Bromic understand that different input styles suit different applications and as the only manufacturer to offer both gas and electric units, we encourage our customers to consider the benefits and limitations of each to enable an educated decision.

As a general rule; heaters fueled by natural gas or LPG are suited to open outdoor areas due to their higher heat output while electric heaters provide heating to a wide variety of applications where gas would not be practical.

Natural Gas

shutterstock_79616923Natural gas is a fossil fuel consisting largely of methane that harnesses the potential energy of buried organic material into a useable form. Transferred from producer to consumer primarily through pipelines, natural gas is an infrastructure-based energy source suited to fixed gas appliances fitted in locations where natural gas is available.

Benefits:
• Cheapest available fuel source for heating
• Readily available as a plumbed utility
• Works well in cold climates (below 5°C)
• Mounted on roof or wall to maximise floor space

Considerations:
• Provisions for gas plumbing are required

Tips:
• If you are planning on running any other appliances on natural gas, it is worthwhile plumbing provisions to any outdoor areas where you may want heating in the future
• Due to the by-products of burning gas, heated areas must be well ventilated

Portable LPG

shutterstock_104875970Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a fossil fuel that can be harvested during the refinement of natural gas or petroleum from oil. Consisting largely of propane or butane, this fuel is gaseous under atmospheric pressure but compressed into a liquid and stored in specially-designed cylinders for transport.

Benefits:
• Highly-portable
• No installation required
• Works well in cold climates (below 5°C)

Considerations:
• Highest running cost
• Requires floor space, unlike wall-mounted alternatives
• Cylinders can run out and require replacement

Tips:
• If used regularly, multiple cylinders will be required to avoid gaps in usage, taking up storage space
• Due to the by-products of burning gas, heated areas must be well ventilated

Electricity

shutterstock_234023125Electricity, for the purpose of this document, refers to the infrastructure-based supply of alternating-current electric power to end users. This electric power can be generated in a large variety of ways, including the burning of fossil fuels, nuclear fission, hydroelectricity, wind turbines and solar energy.

Benefits:
• Cheaper to operate than LPG
• Electrical outlets are plentiful, allowing easy installation and repurposing
• Mounted on roof or wall to maximise floor space
• Capable of operating without air flow

Considerations:
• More expensive to operate than Natural Gas
• Cannot operate during power shortages
• Not ideal for larger areas

Tips:
• Electricity varies in voltage and frequency between regions, so be sure to consider the compatibility of your heater