The best winter heating options
WINTER is on our doorstep and many families will be dragging their trusted heaters out of their garages and storerooms to take a central place in their living areas for the next couple of months.
Now is as good a time as any to reassess whether your household is in need of a new heater or a different heating solution to ensure that you’re still cosy and comfortable during load shedding.
If your heater is in good working condition, but you’re in the market for a new heater, consider browsing an online classifieds site for bargains on second-hand heaters and selling your current heater to earn some cash. This is according to Francois Labuschagne, Product and Marketing Manager for Junk Mail Classifieds, who says now is as good a time as any to reassess whether your household is in need of a new heater or a different heating solution to ensure that you’re still cosy and comfortable during load shedding.
Labuschagne says there are various heating options on the market that homeowners should consider. He shares some tips and benefits…
1. When choosing between an electric or gas heater, keep in mind that a gas heater is generally pricier than an electric heater, but it costs less to operate. Another benefit is that it continues working during load shedding.
2. An oil heater is more expensive to run than a gas heater and only heats a small area, but is a safer option to use in the bedroom.
3. If you prefer an electric heater, you have two options: a convection or radiant heater. A convection heater, such as an oil or ceramic heater, is energy efficient if you’re heating a large, closed area for a short period of time.
A radiant heater, such as a bar or flat panel wall-mounted heater, heats the area immediately around it and is therefore efficient enough to keep people in a smaller room warm for a few hours.
4. An electric fan heater is affordable and portable. It’s best suited for use in conjunction with other heaters.
5. Look at the amount of power the heater requires and its capacity to effectively warm up the room of your choice. The information will be displayed on the packaging or will be in the manufacturer’s instruction manual.
6. Opt for heaters with an adjustable thermostat or programmable timer as they allow you to save energy costs over time.
7. A fireplace, whether wood, gas or ethanol, still works, even during load shedding.
8. Underfloor heating is another heating option. It’s more cost-effective to install underfloor heating when you’re renovating your floors. Choose a programmable option so that it switches on and off at the desired times and heats the room to a specified temperature.
9. Electric blankets make your bed cosy, but turn down the heat when you climb into bed to save energy.
If you’re browsing online classified sites for second-hand heaters, be a savvy online shopper and ensure that the electrical equipment you’re buying is safe and without faults.
Ask the seller if you can view the product and whether you can return it if it isn’t working once you’ve used it at home.
When you inspect the heater, check that the cable and plug are in good condition with no protruding or loose wires.
Labuschagne says to switch the heater on to confirm that it’s working. Iff possible, he says buy a product that is s still under warranty, has an independ- ent testing company’s stamp of approval, such as the SABS, and comes in the original packaging with the instructionn manual included.
Great bargains on second-hand itemss can be found online with thousands off items for sale at any given moment.
“Make sure that you have all the infor- mation you need to select the right heatting option that will serve your family foror many winters to come.” — Property24
A GAS heater is generally pricier than an electric heater, but it costs less to operate.