Some of the most popular options available include reverse cycle airconditioning, wood heaters, traditional fire places, underfloor heating, and the huge range of portable heating devices. Each option has its own cost/benefit consideration, so in today’s blog our principal electrician Brian Parslow (MRE Electrical Group Director) outlines a few points to consider before investing your hard-earned cash on heating solutions.
Wood Heaters and Fire Places – Benefits include visual presentation. Feeling the heat and hearing the crackling of the wood on a winters day adds ambience to any home. Upfront costs include the purchase and installation of the heater. Ongoing costs relate to the purchase of firewood each season. Wood heaters may affect people with allergies and respiratory conditions considering the dust and ash created. The units are large and take up living space as opposed to air con that’s mounted high on a wall. Households need a dry storage location to keep firewood.
Underfloor heating – Provides whole of house heating options through devices installed under the floor and between the tiles and concrete slab. Installation can be costly when undertaken ‘post construction’ as it would require the removal and replacement of floor coverings. Upfront costs include the system purchase and installation. Ongoing costs relate to electricity usage and maintenance which can be high in some cases.
Portable heating devices – Low upfront costs but potentially high energy consumption. Heater fans, electrical oil heaters and similar devices are available from most electrical retailers. Whilst the purchase price may be a lot lower than the other options already discussed, their ongoing electrical costs are usually higher. Portable devices are not suitable for whole of house heating and are only designed to heat small spaces.
Other considerations – Whilst budget and personal preference are going to influence the decision on the most suitable heating solution, there are a few other questions you need to ask yourself before making a final commitment.
- Are you wanting to heat a single room or the whole house?
- How many rooms have a western facing wall and/or window?
- Is the house insulated?
- Is the house open plan?
- How old is your home? Depending on age, the wiring and power circuits may need upgrading if you choose to install a ducted system or large reverse cycle units.
When exploring the different heating options, MRE Electrical Group are happy to inspect your current wiring to determine its suitability for ducted or reverse cycle air conditioning.
MRE Electrical Group are experienced at all types of electrical heating systems for homes or commercial premises.
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