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What Heating System To Choose

 
 
 

Portable radiant or fan heaters

Portable heaters are generally small units designed to be moved around. They supply almost instant heat but only for small areas such as a study or bedroom. Heat settings a basic with low, medium and high with a fan setting from one to ten and are not suitable for running over a long period of time. With no thermostat control the units energy efficiency are low. Potable radiant heating don't distribute heat well without a fan.

Outlay cost: Low
Energy efficiency: Low
Running costs: can be expensive if used to heat for long periods

Open Wood log fires & Combustion Log Fire Heaters

Wood log fires rely entirely on wood to supply heat, the timber used can only be bought and is illegal to source timber in the country unless specifically harvested and sold for this purpose. With no fan to distribute the hot air, heating a room is limited although the look and feel of an open fire place can be very relaxing. Combustion log fires have the advantage of an electrical fan with three speed control, include the metal housing with a leaver to control the heat, this unit can warm an open plan room with ease. No thermostat means energy efficiency is low.

Outlay cost: Medium to Low
Energy efficiency: Low
Running Costs: Medium to Low depending on quality of timber fule used.

Space heaters Electric - Gas - Oil

Space heaters are designed to heat a single room and electrical units and gas units are often portable or supplied with wall brackets to mount on your wall, the latest portable models come with tilt cut off switches (ask your retailer to confirm this or contact manufacturer,) if  the heater is not upright or knocked over the unit will not operate to stop the spread of fire. There are a huge range of space heaters to choose from, running on either electricity or flued oil and gas heaters and available in electric radiant (No Fan), convection fan. Both electric and oil, gas units are supplied with thermostat control with electric fans to move the heat around therefore giving greater heating control.

Outlay cost: low-medium
Energy efficiency: Electrical units with fan - Medium
Energy efficiency: Electrical units without fans - Low
Energy efficiency: Gas units - High
Running cost: Electrical can be expensive if used to heat for long periods more so with radiant models and gas space heaters have a good to high energy rating.
Note - radiant heating suite people with allergies, with no fan to collect and distribute dust fibers and circulate them in the air. The compromise is that warm air can not be distributed across the room efficiently. 

Gas log fires

If you want the ambience of a log fire without the work or the mess, these may be an option. They are connected to a flue and some models can be built into an existing fireplace, while others are designed to be freestanding. With thermostat control and  inbuilt fan energy  efficiency is high.

Outlay cost: medium-high (needs to be installed)
Energy efficiency: medium high considering gas is used to produce heat
Running cost: low-medium

Gas or electric ducted heating

Ducted heating distributes fan forced warm air via ducts to each room. Ducts can be installed either under floors or in the roof cavity, with the heating unit positioned outside, under the floor or in the roof

Ducted gas units known as gas central heating, will heat you whole home very quickly with a strong fan to distribute the heat they are installed with a thermostat on a wall to control the temperature, depending on temperature setting recommended at 21degrees gas ducted heating can be expensive to run the gas space heating, this is due to large gas consumption used to start the heating.

Ducted reverse-cycle heating and cooling use a condenser outside and electric power to start and run the unit.  A fan coil if cooling or a fan to distribute the heating, with a wall thermostat. Running costs will depend on a number of  facts including temperature wall setting and how well you home is insulated. Zone control should also be a strong consideration when installing ether units, this will help energy costs, and will give you an option to control the rooms that are need to be heated and cooled by closing and opening them when their needed.

Outlay cost: high the heater itself is expensive and you will need to pay for it to be installed.
Energy efficiency: Medium
Running cost: Medium

Wall Mounted Reverse-cycle air-conditioning And Heating

Room air-conditioners come as wall or window units (boxed) and as split systems wall hung units this makes them quiet as the working part is outside the house. With a directional fan gill and remote control temperature control  they are easy to control and are designed to heat and cool the room they are installed in, they require a separate electrical circuit though.

Outlay cost: high low
Energy efficiency: Medium
Running cost: medium dependant on temperature settings

Hydronic heating

The traditional European option, hydronic heating systems can be either in-slab, or connected via plumbing to radiator elements in each room. A heating unit positioned outside the house heats water which is then sent through the system, delivering radiant heat to each room. No fan to move warm air and most units come with thermostat control.

Outlay cost: high cost of purchase and installation
Energy efficiency: high fuelled by natural gas, LPG, wood or off-peak electricity
Running cost: low-medium

Subfloor heating

This type of heating system involves installing an electrical heating element either directly below the floor finish or in the concrete slab. It can be installed during building and with some floor finishes, it can be retrofitted later. The advantage of subfloor heating is that heat radiates evenly directly from the floor and therefore does not circulate dust.

Outlay cost: high more suitable to install when a house is being built
Energy efficiency: Medium
Running cost: medium to high