Choos­ing the right home heat­ing

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rec­om­mended that con­vec­tion or oil-col­umn heaters are used be­cause the warm air won’t leak away. For poorly in­su­lated older houses with high ceil­ings, ra­di­ant heaters are likely to be more ef­fec­tive – you can feel their heat more di­rectly.

How­ever, they shouldn’t be used in bed­rooms or around young chil­dren.

How clean?

Our elec­tric­ity comes from a com­bi­na­tion of re­new­able (wind, hy­dro and geo­ther­mal) and non- re­new­able (gas and coal) sources – so it’s only a semi­clean fuel.

But in your home, noth­ing is cleaner. De­spite the in­ex­orable rise in the price of elec­tric­ity, elec­tric heat­ing pro­vides a clean and easy way to heat your home. near the el­e­ment or body of the heater. The warm air cir­cu­lates by nat­u­ral con­vec­tion around the room. Many have a fan, which tests have shown pro­vides faster warm-up and more even heat­ing.

The most pop­u­lar type of con­vec­tion heater is the up­right oil-filled col­umn heater.

Fan heater

Panel heaters are con­vec­tion heaters that mount per­ma­nently on a wall and are de­signed to pro­vide back­ground heat. They are per­ma­nently wired and usu­ally use elec­tric­ity at the nor­mal day­time rate.

Night-stor­age heaters are also per­ma­nently in­stalled con­vec­tion heaters, but they use off-peak night-rate elec­tric­ity. They store the heat for slow re­lease dur­ing the day. There­fore, as a back­ground heat­ing op­tion for a liv­ing area, they are more suit­able for peo­ple who are home most of the time. For a bed­room area, a night-stor­age heater in the pas­sage can spread warmth into sev­eral rooms.

Por­ta­ble fan heaters

Fan heaters squat on the floor and pro­vide a blast of warm air di­rectly onto your body. They’re not as good as con­vec­tion heaters for pro­vid­ing gen­eral back­ground warmth, as the fan can be noisy and cause draughts.

Ra­di­ant heaters

Th­ese have glow­ing elec­tric ele­ments with re­flec­tors to ra­di­ate heat di­rectly onto you. They pro­vide quick di­rec­tional heat to a small area of a room and also pro­vide some con­vec­tion heat.

Heat pumps

Heat pumps col­lect heat from the air out­side the house and re­lease it in­side. Al­though they run on elec­tric­ity they col­lect far more en­ergy than they use: up to three times as much. The colder it is out­side the less ef­fi­cient they are.

Heat pumps are ex­pen­sive to buy (from $2750 up­wards in­stalled) but very cheap to run. As with any heat­ing, how­ever, the costs mount up if you leave them on all the time over win­ter. ra­di­ant heater will do the job.

Bed­rooms re­quire less heat than liv­ing ar­eas: you only need to keep the chill off.

Choose from a panel or oil-filled col­umn heater with ther­mo­stat and maybe a timer. A night-store heater in the pas­sage is also an op­tion.

Ser­vice or work­shop ar­eas are best heated by por­ta­ble fan or ra­di­ant heaters.

What are the key fea­tures?

Ther­mostats help main­tain an even tem­per­a­ture and con­serve elec­tric­ity.

Timers al­low you to turn a heater on to warm up the kitchen be­fore you get up, or to turn a heater off af­ter you have gone to bed.

Fans help a room warm up faster and dis­trib­ute the air more evenly, by pre­vent­ing heat build-up near the ceil­ing.

What are the safety is­sues?

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