It is no secret that keeping warm in winter costs money… a lot of money! What is the most cost effective way to stay warm? Have a look at the options you have below.
There are various ways to keep warm in the winter. The three most common ways are:
- Electricity Heaters
- Gas Heaters
Open fireplaces create warmth but are not economical as most of the heat escapes up the chimney. You do get fireplace units that have glass doors and flow controls are slightly more economical but overall, a fireplace is a “nice to have” fixture in a home or public space but they are not economic heaters.
A gas heater provides instant heat and are well suited to heat up small to medium (closed) spaces. They are mobile so they are often moved around a home or office to burn where it is most needed. They tend to become less effective it larger rooms and open plan spaces. Gas heaters come with the inconvenience of having to replace the 9kg gas bottle from time to time.
Electric Fan Heaters
Electric fan heaters are good to heat small rooms or to have under a desk to heat your legs while working. They can be expensive to run and they come with the inconvenience of drying the air. They are not at all effective in large rooms or spaces.
Electric Oil Heaters
Oil heaters are good “heat radiation” heaters but once again only for small closed spaces. They take a long time to heat up and they tend to draw a lot of electricity. These units are far safer to use than most heaters on the market.
Electric Wall Panel Heaters
An electric wall panel heater is certainly cheaper to run than most heaters but is far less effective. They are most effective in small closed rooms. It takes a long time for the unit to warm up and it takes far longer to heat up a room compared to any other heater.
Electric Bar Heaters
Electric bar heaters provide fairly instant heat and are ideal for heating small rooms such as dressing rooms or bathrooms. They can be extremely unsafe due to the exposed hot element that provides the heat.
Air Conditioner Heating
Air conditioner heating is obviously our favourite type of heating. An air conditioner is certainly the safest way to heat a home or office and they are not as expensive to run as you may think. Newer inverter air conditioner technology has changed the perception that it is expensive to own and run an air conditioner unit.
An air conditioner installation may be more expensive than any of the other heaters that we mentioned but it is certainly the most cost effective to run and they will pay themselves off over time.