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Which Caravan Heater Is Best? Diesel, Gas or Aircon

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Are you planning to travel in a caravan but are concerned about staying warm during chilly nights? Choosing the perfect caravan heater can make all the difference in your comfort and overall enjoyment on the road.

In this comprehensive comparison guide, we will take you through the process of choosing the perfect caravan heater. From diesel to gas to aircon heaters, we’ll explore the pros and cons of each option, so you can make an informed decision. 

Allow us to help you stay warm and cosy wherever the road takes you!

Houghton Belaire HB3400 Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner (with heating)

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Caravan Heater

When choosing a caravan heater, consider the size of your caravan and the heating capacity required to ensure adequate warmth. The fuel source is another crucial aspect to think about, whether you prefer diesel, gas, or aircon. Additionally, factor in energy efficiency, operating costs, and maintenance requirements to find a heater that aligns with your budget and preferences. You can find out more about our Grand City Caravans by checking out our range.

Grand City’s Nomad 17′ Couples Caravan

Aircon Heaters for Caravans

Let’s start strong with aircon heaters, which offer both cooling and heating functions, making them versatile for year-round use. Whether you’re travelling in the scorching Northern Territory summers or freezing Tasmanian winters, an aircon heater can keep you comfortable in your caravan.

Aircon heaters are a standard inclusion for caravans, including at Grand City Caravans. They are popular as a versatile choice for caravan owners seeking climate control throughout the year. 

They offer precise temperature control, allowing you to adjust settings to suit your preferences. Aircon heaters also come in different sizes and designs to suit various caravan layouts, including our 19 ft caravan range.

However, many aircon heaters require caravans to be connected to the grid in order to run it, otherwise they need a bigger, and therefore costlier battery bank and converter to run it. The financial investment and energy consumption must be considered when opting for an aircon heater.


Diesel Heaters for Caravans

Diesel heaters are popular among caravan owners for their efficiency and cost-effectiveness. They offer a reliable heating performance, making them ideal for cold nights on the road. Diesel heaters are compatible with various caravan sizes and can run off the vehicle’s fuel tank, reducing the need for additional fuel storage. 

However, diesel heaters are not often a standard inclusion in a caravan purchase, therefore installation may require professional assistance. Maintenance can be more involved compared to other heater types, and they also can be noisy during operation. The sound of a diesel heater should be considered for the light sleepers!


Gas Heaters for Caravans

Gas heaters are known for their instant warmth, making them a convenient choice for travellers looking to quickly heat their caravan space. These heaters are portable and easy to use, and come in various sizes to accommodate different caravan layouts, such as our 17ft caravan range

On the downside, gas heaters require access to gas refills, which may not always be readily available in remote areas. Ventilation is crucial when using gas heaters to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide, emphasising the importance of safety measures while enjoying the warmth they provide.


myCOOLMAN 3KW Rooftop Airconditioner in the Explorer 18’6 Caravan

Comparison of Diesel, Gas, and Aircon Heaters

When comparing diesel, gas, and aircon heaters for caravans, each type has its unique benefits and considerations. Diesel heaters excel in heating capacity and efficiency, making them ideal for long trips in cold climates. Gas heaters offer instant warmth and portability, catering to travellers who value convenience. Aircon heaters provide both heating and cooling functions, ensuring a comfortable environment year-round but may come at a higher cost. 

If you value efficiency and longevity, diesel heaters might be the right choice for you. With their low fuel consumption and powerful heating capabilities, they are a popular choice among caravan enthusiasts. On the other hand, gas heaters are renowned for their convenience and affordability. They provide instant heat and require minimal installation. 

Although the primary reason aircon heaters are typically included as standard features in caravans is that they offer both heating and cooling capabilities, ensuring comfort throughout the year.
Consider each of these factors when selecting a heater for your caravan. If you have any questions regarding your caravan heater decision, please contact us by clicking here.