Win­ter warm­ing

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Latitude Magazine - - Interiors -

With the cooler months upon us there is noth­ing bet­ter than snug­gling up in style at home. The team at Mitre 10 MEGA Ash­bur­ton guides us through our op­tions.

While run­ning and in­stal­la­tion costs will need to be fac­tored into any de­ci­sion, the primary driv­ers when it comes to heat­ing source se­lec­tion are the size of the room you want to heat and the type of heat you are af­ter.

PER­MA­NENT HEAT­ING

Per­ma­nent op­tions, like a wood or pel­let fire, or heat pump, are typ­i­cally the most af­ford­able heat­ing op­tion to run, but they are also more ex­pen­sive to in­stall. They are best for large, reg­u­larly used rooms such as a lounge or kitchen, and can be used to dis­trib­ute heat through your whole home when in­stalled with a heat transfer kit.

For those want­ing the am­bi­ence and benefits of a wood fire, the Metro Wee Rad Ul­tra is new this year and is clean air ap­proved, en­sur­ing it ticks all the boxes and is able to be in­stalled in any ur­ban home.

ELEC­TRIC HEAT­ING

Elec­tric heat­ing is best for heat­ing smaller spa­ces for a short time such as an of­fice and also if you want a por­ta­ble op­tion. They can be in­ex­pen­sive to buy and rel­a­tively eco­nom­i­cal to run.

Con­vec­tion heaters work by cre­at­ing background heat and warm­ing the sur­round­ing air. They are best for well in­su­lated homes with lower ceil­ings. Models with a fan cir­cu­late this warmth quicker.

If your house has high ceil­ings, poor in­su­la­tion or draughts, a con­vec­tor heater may not pro­duce enough heat to keep the in­side air suf­fi­ciently warm. A ra­di­ant heater will be more ef­fec­tive, as the heat is ab­sorbed by you and sur­round­ing ob­jects.

Mi­cather­mic heaters pro­vide a mix of both con­vec­tion and ra­di­ant tech­nolo­gies for op­ti­mal in­no­va­tive heat­ing.

For warmth and am­bi­ence, try a flame ef­fect heater in both tra­di­tional and mod­ern de­signs.

To keep bed­rooms cosy, a wall­mounted panel heater, oil or oil­free col­umn heater is ideal. These types of heaters work bet­ter with a sep­a­rate fan to move the warm air around the room.

Mitre 10 has a range of elec­tric heaters, in­clud­ing Dim­plex. From left to right: Dim­plex Cube Por­ta­ble Elec­tric Fire with Op­ti­flame Log Ef­fect 2000 Watt 2kW White, Dim­plex Eco Dry­tech Oil Free Col­umn Heater, Dim­plex 2.4kW White Sen­sor Ce­ramic Heater.

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