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Heaters

There are many options for heating your home. Listed below are types of heating. There are also systems which will both heat and cool your home. See  Ducted Reverse Cycle for details.

Perhaps the first question to ask is do you want to heat one area or the whole house (preferably in zoned areas). If you are on a tight budget design can be really important. Make sure you can shut doors to areas that you plan to heat in order to conserve energy. Window treatments with pelmets over all window and door seals to exterior doors will also make a difference. Roof insulation is now compulsory, the higher the R rating the better the insulation.

  • Natural Gas Unflued                                                 One area
  • Natural Gas Flued                                                     One area
  • Natural Gas Central Heating                                   Whole House
  • Hydronic Gas                                                              Whole House
  • Electric Space Heating                                             One area
  • In Slab Electrical Heating                                         Whole House
  • Geothermal                                                                 Whole House

Types of heating

Portable Gas Heaters

  • Gas heater that uses a bayonet fitting within the room
  • Portable appliance
  • Supply efficient heating for a single room only.
  • NOT suitable for bedrooms and require ventilation grills. (If you have a bayonet point in the room there will be vents already installed as per the Australian Building Code)
  • Inexpensive to purchase and run
  • Models with automatic timers are a good idea
  • A built in thermostat will also save you money

Built in Gas Heaters  

  • Built in -not moveable
  • There is a flue to vent emissions to the exterior of the house-this is better for your health than unflued gas heating
  • Can be radiant (heating people and objects) or convection (heating air) with a fan. Convection provides a rapid response when tuned on
  • Ensure the fan is as quiet as possible
  • Modern flame designs or 'log fire' models
  • Can have remote controls
  • Thermostat models available

Ducted Gas Heating

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  • Heats the whole house or selected zones
  • Very fast repsonse
  • Thermostat and timers available to reduce consumption
  • Installation suitable for under floor or in the roof space (ducted system)
  • Can be combined with cooling, then referred to as Climate Control
  • Brands vary in efficiency and price

In Slab Floor Heating

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  • Radiant heat supplied by Electric cables or hot water pipes laid in the concrete slab floor (hot water option as per Hydronic)
  • Best results with tiled floors or polished concrete,
  • Must be left on for the winter season
  • Slow (24hrs) to warm up
  • Set thermostat at a moderate temperature (18c) to reduce consumption
  • Install zones with individual controls if some areas of your house are seldom used
  • Have electricity run on 'off peak'
  • Costs upwards of $30m2 to install

Electric Space Heating

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Radiant or Convection                   Available at your local appliance store

  • Usually portable, i.e. plug in radiators, electric fans, plug in radiant heaters
  • Bathroom 3 in 1 (exhaust, light, heater) heaters fitted to the ceiling
  • Suitable for single room heating
  • Use peak electricity, expensive to run
  • Inexpensive to buy
  • Not suitable as a long term heating solution to living area due to running costs
  • Suitable to heat rooms for a short period (bedrooms bathrooms)

Less common types of heating

Geothermal/ Geoexchange      

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This is a type of heating and cooling system that takes advantage of the earth's temperature in excess of 2metres under the surface. In winter the earth is warmer than the above ground temperature and in summer cooler. These systems insert pipe work underground and then use a variety of heat exchangers to take advantage of the temperature difference.

System can be as simple as a fan driven air exchanger to pump the cooler/warmer air from underground into the house, or can be combined with a compressor or condenser unit.

  • The cooler/warmer temperature underground can also be used to boost current heating or cooling systems.
  • These systems can be for heating or cooling or for both
  • Installation and set up cost are normally recouped within 3-10 yrs dependant on the system you choose
  • Super environmentally friendly

Hydronic Gas Heating

  • Uses a gas boiler or heat pump to heat water that is then circulated around the house to radiator panels or skirting board convectors
  • Provides combination radiant and convective heat
  • Effective heating in 15-30 minutes
  • Hot water taps can be piped off the system in some units providing quicker hot water delivery
  • Possible to link to a solar hot water system to reduce heating bills
  • Can install towel rails as heater panels to wet areas
  • Silent
  • No dust
  • Ensure unused radiator panels can be shut off as desired
  • Choose a low water content boiler
  • Not suitable for LPG (too expensive to run)
  • Insulate any exposed pipe work
  • Can be combined with additional pipe work in the slab to provide in floor heating ($$$)

Helpful Hints

Search and compare appliances at www.energyrating.gov.au

Once you have achieved the desired room temperature don't allow the air to escape the house. Remember to consider

  • Insulation
  • Door seals
  • Window tinting
  • Window dressings
  • Double glazing

Related Topics

Solar Passive Design

Window tinting

Insulation

Window Dressings