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Your Complete Guide to Choosing an Energy Efficient Heater

Winter should be a time for cosy evenings and toasty mornings. But rising electricity and gas rates mean that many Australians instead suffer from the cold or unnecessarily high winter energy bills.

Happily, there’s no need to experience either. 

Our Complete Guide to Choosing an Energy Efficient Heater provides everything you need to know about choosing an energy efficient heater that will keep you warm without increasing your bills.

Access the guide below or download a pdf to save it for later.

If you have any more questions, give our friendly energy advisors a call at 1300 23 68 55 or contact us via email. 

Energy Efficient Heater Guide

Here’s a preview of what’s in the guide

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1: Heater Options – An Overview  

  1. Ducted Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner 
  2. Hydronic Heater 
  3. Gas Ducted Heater 
  4. Split System Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner 
  5. Gas Space Heater 
  6. Underfloor Heating 
  7. Portable Air Conditioner 
  8. Panel Convection Heating  
  9. Fan Heater 
  10. Oil Column Heater 
  11. Radiant Heater 
  12. Infrared Heater 
  13. Personal Heater 

Part 2: How to Choose an Energy Efficient Heater

  1. Assess Your Home’s Energy Efficiency 
  2. Focus on Heating People, Not Spaces 
  3. Standards for Choosing Your Heater 
  4. Our Heater Recommendations
  5. How to Calculate Portable Heater Running Costs

Bonus: 8 Easy Ways to Lower Your Heating Bills

Next Steps: Free Advice and Support

Introduction to Buying a Heater — Or Not

Winter should be a time for cosy evenings and toasty mornings. But rising electricity and gas rates mean that many Australians instead suffer from the cold or unnecessarily high winter energy bills.

Happily, there’s no need to experience either.

First, there’s a 50% chance that your home already has an energy-efficient heater. Almost half of all Australian homes contain a reverse-cycle air conditioner, which doubles as a cost-effective heater. So it’s possible that just switching your aircon to heating mode could cut your winter electricity bills for free.

But even if you don’t have a heater yet (or need to replace your old one) this reader-friendly guide provides everything you need to know about choosing an energy efficient heater that easily and affordably improves:

  • your home’s heating efficiency
  • your family’s cold weather comfort
  • your (lower) energy bills

We even included a final section of 8 simple tips to maximise your heater savings.

So everything you need to make a well-informed heater choice — and enjoy a warm winter without skyrocketing electricity bills — is right here.

Part 1: Heater Options – An Overview

When considering a heater purchase, many homeowners quickly find that the problem’s not too few options; it’s too many. They’re faced with choosing from at least thirteen common heater types – each with its own strengths and weaknesses in speed, purchase price, running costs, and heating capability.

To help you make the best choice for your unique heating situation, here’s a convenient table of the thirteen main heater types followed by a brief analysis of each type’s pros and cons. The chart and entries are arranged by area size: they begin with whole-house heaters, move to portable single-room heaters, and end with single-person heaters.

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