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Buying Guide for Heaters in Australia
Living in a home or working in an office without sufficient heating during the winter months of the year can be an unpleasant and frustrating experience. It’s important to live and work comfortably all year round for the sake of your well-being, which is why you should consider investing in heaters that are right for you. This might seem simple at first, but there are many different types of heaters available depending on your budget and needs. They come in different sizes and run on different energy sources which means the resulting energy bills can vary significantly. Finding a heater that strikes a middle ground between providing a warm environment and an energy bill that won’t negatively impact your finances can be difficult. If you don’t know where to start, we’ve put together this buying guide to help you make an informed choice.
What Type of Heater Do I Want?
There are two main types of heaters: gas and electric. Gas heaters in Australia are more energy efficient, likely to save you more money if you intend to use them for long periods of time, and are suitable for heating medium-sized rooms. There are two main types of gas heaters:
- • Flued: Flued gas heaters redirect fumes outside through a pipe and are typically more expensive to install.
- • Unflued: Unflued gas heaters push fumes out into the room, requiring rooms to be ventilated to comply with safety guidelines.
Electric heaters are usually cheaper to buy upfront, but are more energy intensive and best used for short periods in smaller areas. That said, they have the added benefit of being easier to move around when required – plus the rise of solar power is making electricity cheaper in many places. There are several different types of electric heaters:
- • Radiant heaters: A relatively inexpensive option, radiant heaters generate heat using infrared waves without circulating air, helping to reduce the spread of dust and other particulates.
- • Oil-filled heaters: Using electricity to heat oil that’s sealed inside columns, oil-filled heaters in Australia are ideal for long use, are safe enough to be left unattended, and don’t get as hot as other electric heaters.
- • Panel heaters: Panel heaters are a particularly thin and flat type of convection heater that draws cold air over an electric heating element. The warm air leaves the heater and rises towards the ceiling, heating a room evenly and quickly.
- • Fan heaters: Generally small and portable, fan heaters use a powerful fan to blow out hot air which allows them to quickly heat a room.
What Features Should I Look For?
There are many extra features heaters can come equipped with that help reduce the risk of accidents, regulate the distribution of heat, and create the most comfortable environment possible. If your budget allows, it’s probably worth investing more money into heaters that offer these features for extra peace of mind as well as comfort.
Fan heaters and panel heaters are portable and can be more likely to result in accidents if knocked over. For this reason, heaters that have a tilt safety switch installed are the best choice, as they automatically and immediately switch off when tipped over. It’s also recommended you buy heaters that feature a shut off mechanism in case of overheating.
Another feature to look for is a thermostat that will allow you to control the temperature and save you money over time. This will ensure you heat your room to the temperature you want without wasting electricity due to unnecessary use.
Finally, you can choose to buy panel heaters that contain air filtration systems. These will prevent dust from spreading throughout the room, making them ideal for anyone who suffers from allergies. Similarly, humidifiers can improve the quality of your heated air by preventing it from drying out.
How Do I Save Money?
Using heaters can be a drain on your finances. To save money, it’s a good idea to only heat the rooms you’re actually using and to set the temperature to a reasonable level. The lower you set the temperature, the more you’ll save on your energy bill – an estimated 10% for each degree!
If you want to find out more about our heaters and accessories, call the expert sales team at Appliance Warehouse today on 1300 783 469.