You may be looking for a heater to warm a single room or thinking about ducted heating options. Regardless of your heating needs, you must keep a few things in mind before you make the purchase.
Which heater type is best for you?
Many people get the wrong heater for their area. You need to consider all the available options, for example, is there access to natural gas in your area? Do you have a free supply of firewood if you live in a country area?
How much area do you want to heat?
If you only want to heat a small room for short periods you’re better off buying a cheap heater even if its running costs are high. If you want to heat the whole house it’s worth investing in a heater that is efficient and has low running costs – the initial outlay will be higher but it will be cheaper in the long term. Ducted gas heating is the best option for whole home heating.
What climate do you live in?
Does the temperature outside mean your house needs to be heated 24 hours a day or does it just get a bit cold on some nights? What’s the variation between summer and winter? If it’s hot in summer and cold in winter a split system air conditioner may be the best for you.
Pros and cons of different heaters?
You need to consider the design your home itself. If you are building a new home you might like to include central heating in the design. Also consider insulation, ventilation, curtains and blinds, size of windows. These all impact on how well the heat is contained in your home.
What are the costs?
You need to consider the initial purchase price, any installation costs and the running costs of the heating system. If you can afford it, it is better to spend slightly more for a higher rated efficiency system as this will save you a lot of money in the long run.