As we’re approaching winter in Brisbane there may be nights when it’s starting to feel decidedly chilly. Well at least enough to put on a pair of long pants anyway! That said, some people will be considering heating options for their home. So what type of heating options are there and which ones are best?
When it comes to efficiency, electric heating has come a long way. Reverse-cycle air conditioning has boomed in the last few years. This is mostly down to new technology which makes it far cheaper to run than it used to be. It’s good for heating larger areas in climates where winters are milder such as Brisbane. If you’d rather go portable, then column heaters, panel heaters and high-tech fan heaters are also an option. If you want to heat a small room quickly then think about a fan heater. If you have allergies and are happy for it to take a little longer to heat, then panel heaters and oil filled radiators are best.
Under floor heating
Under floor heating works by using either water pipes or electric cables that run underneath the floor to provide heat. It can be installed in conjunction with a wide range of flooring materials. These include tiling, concrete, short-pile carpet and even timber. It’s great for allergy sufferers and runs silently. On the negative side it can be expensive to run and takes a while to heat up a room.
It’s really hard to beat the sight and general cosiness of a real log fire. Sealed fireboxes provide efficient slow-burning and once going will heat up a good sized room relatively quickly. The down sides are that they are labour-intensive and they aren’t particularly eco-friendly. For this reason many people are turning to wood pellets as a more sustainable option. As a result pellet heaters are certainly becoming more popular.
In Brisbane gas isn’t so popular as only around 18% have access to it. However for those that do, gas is energy efficient and can rapidly heat up even larger rooms. Options include gas central heating, wall mounted gas heaters or portable heating systems. On the down side it can be expensive and prices vary from region to region depending upon accessibility.
Hopefully this has given you some ideas on heating options. If you are considering going down the electric heating route, then here are some great money saving tips.
- Look for heaters with a built in thermostat so they automatically turn off when the required temperature is reached.
- For a healthy temperature, try setting thermostats to 20 degrees and be prepered to ‘rug up’ if necessary.
- If you’re considering reverse-cycle air conditioners, then look for ones with ‘inverter’ technology that maintain a steady heat. These are around 30% more efficient than standard AC/heating systems
- Finally maximise your heating capacity by sealing off any draughty areas and consider suitable insulation.
If you want to find out more about installing the right kind of electric heating for you then give Static Electrics Brisbane a call on 0429 139 039