1. Powered by Gas or Electricity
The first thing to consider is whether you want a gas heater or an electric heater.
- Portable electric heaters are usually cheaper to buy than gas heaters, and they’re better for enclosed areas.
- Reverse cycle split systems are great for open spaces and are the most energy efficient heaters if they have a good star rating.
2. Types of Heaters
Heating and cooling
3. Energy Efficiency
Which type of heater is the cheapest to run? A really energy efficient reverse cycle split system air conditioner is the most efficient way to heat (and cool!) your home.
Reverse cycle split systems have separate heating and cooling energy efficiency star ratings (rated on a ten-star scale), with more stars meaning more environmentally friendly and more bill savings. Many states offer rebates on energy efficient appliances – check with your state government to see if you’re eligible. To find out more about how you can heat your home in the most energy efficient way and save on bills, read Quick tips for choosing an energy efficient heater
4. Additional Features
- Tilt-safety switch – switches the heater off if it’s ever knocked over.
- Fan – circulates warm air around the room to heat the whole room.
- Overheat shut-off mechanism – automatically switches off the heater to stop it overheating.
- Oxygen depletion safety device (gas heaters) – senses low oxygen levels and shuts off the gas supply.
- Flame failure shut-off (gas heaters) – automatically stops the gas supply if the flame fails.
- Thermostat – allows you to set the temperature you want the room to be and stay at.
- Oscillation – moves the heater from side to side for better heat distribution.
- Humidifiers – add moisture to the air to stop the heater from drying out the room.
- Air filter – filters impurities from the air to minimise airborne allergens like dust.
- Filter clean alert – tells you when to clean the filter so the heater works efficiently.
5. Control Settings
More expensive models will tend to have electronic controls and displays, with a range of automated programs. For instance, some heaters have:
- Thermostatic controls – they measure the temperature of the room and switch off the heater when the set temperature is reached, turning it on again if the temperature drops.
- Programmable timers – allow you to set the times of the day you want the heater to automatically turn on and off.
- Remote controls – so you can make adjustments without getting off the couch or out of bed.
- Child locks – to protect the little ones in your household from the heater.
Need to get your gas heater or reverse cycle split system air conditioner installed fast? The Concierge Home Installation service from The Good Guys can assist with arranging for a licensed and insured professional to install your new gas heater or reverse cycle split system air conditioner. No stress, no mess, all work is guaranteed and you can start using it sooner.
7. Additional Information
For more help choosing the heater that’s right for you:
- Read Quick Tips for Choosing an Energy Efficient Heater
- Read Everything you need to know about air conditioning which covers reverse cycle split systems
- Understanding the technicalities of home heating can be a bit tricky. Talk to one of The Good Guys heating experts in any store for more information and heating advice.