Pros and cons of heat­ing op­tions

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Heat­ing is at the fore­front of many peo­ple’s minds as the weather gets cooler. How you use a room will help you de­cide the type of heater that’s most suit­able, ac­cord­ing to EECA EN­ER­GY­WISE.

Se­nior tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor Chris­tian Ho­ern­ing says for rooms you use reg­u­larly, it’s well worth in­vest­ing in suit­able fixed heaters that heat the room ef­fec­tively and cheaply.

If you don’t use the room of­ten, an elec­tric heater may be enough – they’re cheap to buy but slightly more ex­pen­sive to run than fixed heaters.

Here are the pros and cons for com­mon types of heat­ing: Heat pumps Good for: Low run­ning costs (when you use them prop­erly) Pro­duc­ing in­stant heat Con­ve­nience – you can con­trol the tem­per­a­ture with the ther­mo­stat Be aware that: They must be sized cor­rectly – for the space and the cli­mate – to work well

Some are a lot more ef­fi­cient than oth­ers – look for EN­ERGY STAR qual­i­fied mod­els for su­pe­rior en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and bet­ter low tem­per­a­ture per­for­mance

They won’t work dur­ing a power cut Mod­ern wood­burn­ers Good for: Low run­ning costs, es­pe­cially if you have ac­cess to free or cheap fire­wood

The en­vi­ron­ment – they pro­duce very lit­tle pol­lu­tion and use re­new­able wood en­ergy Heat­ing large spa­ces Heat­ing hot wa­ter in win­ter through a wet­back sys­tem Be aware that: Fire­wood must be dry to burn ef­fi­ciently, so you need to plan ahead and store it un­der cover, ide­ally for at least 12 months

You need a build­ing con­sent to in­stall one and – un­less your prop­erty is larger than two hectares – you need to choose a wood­burner on the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment’s list of ap­proved wood burn­ers

Wood pel­let burn­ers Good for: The en­vi­ron­ment – the pel­lets are made from waste prod­ucts and burn cleanly

Heat con­trol (bet­ter than a wood burner) Heat­ing large spa­ces Heat­ing hot wa­ter in win­ter through a wet­back sys­tem Be aware that: They won’t work if your elec­tric­ity isn’t work­ing (they use a small amount of elec­tric­ity)

You need a build­ing con­sent to in­stall one

Only au­tho­rised burn­ers can be used in ar­eas with poor air qual­ity

Flued gas (nat­u­ral or LPG) heaters or fire­places Good for: Con­ve­nience – you can con­trol the tem­per­a­ture with the ther­mo­stat and use the timer

Heat­ing larger ar­eas for longer pe­ri­ods Be aware that: If you don’t al­ready, you will prob­a­bly have to pay a fixed charge for retic­u­lated gas sup­ply

You must have your gas heater in­stalled by a reg­is­tered gas fit­ter Elec­tric heaters Good for: Heat­ing a small room in­fre­quently and for short pe­ri­ods only Very cheap to buy Be aware that: They are more ex­pen­sive to run than most other heat­ing op­tions

There are dif­fer­ent types (ra­di­ant, con­vec­tion, fan) that de­liver heat in var­i­ous ways, but all have the same ef­fi­ciency

Many of th­ese heaters have built-in ther­mostats, but gen­er­ally they aren’t very ac­cu­rate Cen­tral heat­ing Good for: Pro­vid­ing heat­ing for your en­tire house with zone- con­trolled op­tions

Con­ve­nience – you can con­trol the tem­per­a­ture with the ther­mo­stat and use the timer Be aware that: Can be ex­pen­sive to in­stall

Heat can be sup­plied by a range of heat­ing sys­tems

Can be very ex­pen­sive to run if your house isn’t well in­su­lated or is draughty

Un­flued gas (nat­u­ral or LPG) Good for: Back-up heat­ing dur­ing power cuts Be aware that: Un­flued LPG heaters are the most ex­pen­sive form of heat­ing

There are health risks – it will pol­lute air with toxic gases and large amounts of wa­ter vapour, so you must keep at least one win­dow open when it’s in use and never use in bed­rooms

They can make your home damp and mouldy

Por­ta­ble LPG heaters can be a fire risk, as any­thing too close can catch alight.

It’s time to start think­ing about how you’ll heat your home this win­ter.

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