Choosing the right heater for your home

April 2011

Winter is well on its way so now is the time to think carefully about the different heating options available when buying a new heater. 

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said if you’re buying a new heater this winter it’s important to choose the best option that suits your home and needs. 

There are many types of heaters available and some are cheap to buy but expensive to run for the amount of heat they provide.  

A typical electric heater running for four hours every evening over winter can cost you more than $100 and will generate up to 750 kilograms of CO2.  

Fan and convection heaters can effectively heat a small to medium size room, while oil column heaters are slow to heat but are safe to run unattended making them a good option for bedrooms. 

For larger areas it really pays to invest in an efficient gas heater or reverse cycle air-conditioner, as they provide more heat at lower running costs compared to electric heaters.  

Remember it’s essential to have plenty of ventilation if you’re buying an unflued gas heater.  

Our research shows more than 80 per cent of households overheat their homes so regardless of the type of heater you choose, it’s important to use it efficiently.   

Every degree you heat above 21 degrees Celsius adds about 10 per cent to your heating costs, so rug up this winter and avoid overheating your home.

For further information on how to heat your home more efficiently check out our Winter Heating Guide.

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