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Heaters Buying Guide

Winter and large electricity bills seem to go hand in hand. Save Energy, Save Money is here to take the heat out of your energy bills and still keep your home warm and cosy this winter. There are many ways to heat your home, Gas and Electric heaters are a common heat source. However buying the wrong heater for your home can end up costing you $100's every year on your energy bills.  

If you’re simply looking to upgrade your existing heater look up the details in our model search function on the website and click the ‘add to compare’ box. Once you have decided on a heater to buy you can compare the annual running cost of both heaters to see what you can save on your energy bill.

There are literally thousands of different types of heaters out there that come in a range of different sizes, shapes and even come with different fuel sources.  This is a simple easy to understand guide that has been designed for you by the team at Save Energy, Save Money to help you get the right heater for the space you need to heat. 

Step One: Gas or Electric?

If gas is not available where you live then you can move on to the next step as an Electric heater will be your only option.  If you have gas but it's not connected up to your home then you need to calculate the cost of this into purchasing the heater.  For those of you that have gas connected up at home and it's ready to go, why not look for both an electric heater and gas heater and use our compare function on the website to see which would give you the best deal?  Don't forget to compare prices and the annual running cost.  Buying the cheapest heater is not always the best option as it could cost you twice as much a year to run.

Here is an example from the Save Energy, Save Money website:

In the above example you can see that the Natural Gas heater while being the most expensive to purchase it is the cheapest to run.  If we take PJCW13FL (the top heater) and OR243FG (the bottom heater) and do a small calculation you can work out which will be the cheapest over the life of the heater.

PJCW13FL would cost $570 more to purchase than OR243FG, however OR243FG would cost you $87 more a year to run.

Calculations:

Price of the heater + (annual running cost x 10) = life time cost of a heater

PJCW13FL

699 + (145.80 x 10) = $2157

OR243FG

129 + (233.8 x 10) = $2467

OR243FG - PJCW13FL = $310

Over the life of the heater you would save yourself $310 on fuel by purchasing PJCW13FL.  So keep in mind that buying the cheapest heater is not always the cheapest option in the long run.

Which is cheaper Gas or Electric? It’s not that easy to answer this question as there are many factors affecting the cost of each.  Firstly if you have solar then this would be the cheapest option for you.  Gas is a cheaper source of fuel and it does produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electricity so if like us you’re concerned about greenhouse gas emissions this is something to consider.  However you can get green energy (from wind farms etc.) from your electricity supplier, you just need to research which companies offer this.  Watch out for the cost per unit as it can end up a very costly option if you’re not careful, so ensure you shop around for the best deal.

If we are looking at it as unit V's unit then gas would be cheaper than electricity (except solar).  However it’s not as simple as that and as we mentioned before many different factor will effect the cost, such as which type of heater you buy coupled with how you use it.  This is where it’s great to use our compare function on the website and you can compare the annual running cost of Natural or LPG heaters v's Electric Heaters, this will ensure the heater you are buying meets your budget requirements.   

Step Two: Which Type Of Heater?

This is where you need to think about the space you want to heat so you can match the right heater to the space.  Buying the wrong heater can end up costing you $100's on electricity bill during winter. 

Understanding how different heaters work will help to decide which heater is suitable for your needs.

Radiant Heaters:

 

Radiant heaters produce an intense heat very quickly, they rarely contain a temperature control which makes these heaters relatively inefficient when used for long periods of time.  These heaters are great in small spaces such as bathrooms where the heat is only required for a short amount of time.  You can mount them on the wall so as to keep them away from water.  Another great use for these types of heaters is in large draftee areas such as garages, because of the intense heat standing under it you will still feel the benefit due to the intense heat they produce.  Radiant heaters are relatively cheap to buy, if you wish to purchase a Radiant heater click here

Column Oil Heaters

If you need to heat a small space, such as a living room or bedroom, over a large period of time Column Oil Heaters would generally be the best option.  The big advantage to these heaters is they produce no noise (handy if you’re watching a movie) and they continue to emit heat after they are turned off. These heaters come in a range of sizes and more often than not it will display information on the size of space that it is designed to heat, so ensure you check this before buying your column oil heater.  They can take a while to heat up, but most of the newer models come with timer options so you can set pre-set when you want them to come on.  Interested in buying a column oil heater, then click here and compare prices today!

Panel Heaters

Panel heaters use less electricity and produce a less intense heat than some of the other portable electric heaters.  These heaters are easy to wipe clean and most can be attached to a wall out of the way of little fingers. They produce very little noise which makes then ideally suitable for bedrooms, studies or living areas.  These heaters would not work for an area you want to heat up quickly; slow and steady is the heat pace for panel heaters which in turn makes them one of the most energy-efficient heaters.  Need a Panel Heater in your home?  Then purchase one today here

Fan Heaters

Fan heaters are usually the cheapest option on the market place.  However that doesn’t mean they are the best as they are extremely inefficient at heating large spaces for prolonged periods of time, these heaters can be relatively noisy and dry out the air (this may aggravate allergies).  These types of heaters produce instantaneous heat to a small space such as a study or bedroom, so if you’re looking for a quick heat to your room before you jump into bed then this would be the heater for you, click here to compare fan heaters.

Gas Heaters

Gas Heaters when used correctly would be your most energy efficient option for heating your home out of the previous mentioned heaters.  Gas heaters come with a star rating to show how efficient they are (1 to 6) the more stars they have the more efficient the heater.  However you need to have access to Gas in order to have one of these heaters installed in your home.  You can look into having a LPG Gas heater installed but be aware the annual running cost of LPG is higher than that of Natural Gas, not to mention the cost of connecting will need to be considered when calculating the total cost.  

These heaters are great for small to medium spaces such as living area’s, they come with a multitude of functions so you can operate the heater to maximise efficiency.  Like the idea of a Natural or LPG gas heater click here and buy one today!

Step Three: Additional Benefits

You're nearly there, now you have decided on your type of fuel and heater it's time to decide what additional benefits you want from your heater.  These days heaters come with all manner of bells and whistles, so think about what you want before you start shopping, this will help narrow down the search.

Here is an example of some additional features you might like to consider:

  • Tilt/Shut Off device - this will shut of the heater if knocked over, which will prevent the heater from malfunctioning and overheating
  • Thermostat & Temperature control - this is an excellent energy-efficiency tool which assists you in reaching your desired room temperature and maintain this so not to waste electricity.
  • Timer switch to regulate your heating (having 2 or 3 programmable setting means you can set the heater to come on at regular intervals)
  • Electronic controls/display
  • Remote control

Now you have decided on the heater you want to buy click here and compare the annual running cost and compare prices of hundreds of electric and gas heaters.

Please refer to our Green Living sections for tip on how to heat your home efficiently in winter.

Still have questions? No problem, email the Team at Save Energy Save Money for further assistance and advice. 

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