Every home and business has unique heating needs. If you want a heating solution that will help you stay warm efficiently, ensure you get the right information and advice for your situation.
What type of heating is right for you?
First consider what you want to heat: your home, a room, or yourself. This will narrow your heating system choices down and give you an indication of how much you'll need to spend.
How big is the area that will be heated?
You will save money on running costs by accurately calculating the space that needs to be heated and selecting the right heating system for the room. To do this, measure the area you want to heat in squares (1 square equals 3m x 3m) and consider that high ceilings will also impact the size of area you are heating.
How often will you be in the areas you are heating?
Take your routine into consideration. Are you out and about for most of the day? Or are you indoors most of the time? It is worth calculating the hours your heating system will be operating as it will affect your running costs, and therefore your heating choice.
What type of heat do you prefer?
Radiant heating heats the surfaces in a room, including you; convection heating warms the air, sometimes with the assistance of a fan. There are many types of both heating styles. Research and professional advice are essential to finding your ideal heating solution.
Hard-wired or portable?
Will this heater be your main heat source? If you own your home, you may want to install a hard-wired system. If you're renting a home, you will be able to take portable heating solutions with you when you move.
What is the ideal heating temperature?
Everyone is different when it comes to being comfortably warm in winter. How you heat a room should depend on what you use it for. For rooms you are moving about in, such as a kitchen or hallway, 16°C will take the chill off. However, for rooms where you are still, such as lounges or offices, most people will be comfortable at 21°C. Always remember: the higher you turn up your heater, the higher your energy bill.
When should I heat a space?
Be efficient with your heating and only heat a space if you are using it. Use timers to turn your heating on and off based around your lifestyle. For example, you may want to turn bedroom heaters on to warm the room up briefly before going to bed, or use timers to turn them on in the morning, but you don't need to run them overnight or during the day. (And don't forget to turn them off.)
Can I alternate between heating and cooling?
There are heating systems that are also capable of cooling your home when the weather warms up. If you'd like this option, you may want to find out more about reverse cycle air conditioners (heat pumps).