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Four steps to maximise your heating

Four steps to maximise your heating

The chill has arrived, and with most Australians using 40 per cent of their energy on heating and cooling, choosing the right solution is the difference between a mini-holiday and an expensive power bill.But with climates chopping and changing across the country, we know choosing the right solution can be tricky.So to make it that little bit easier, we‘ve put together a 4-step guide to keeping your home warm over the coming months.

Step one: Insulate, seal and draw

Before going shopping and spending big bucks on heaters, without a tightly sealed home, the warm air will still find a way to escape.

  • Check that your ceiling, wall and floors are insulated.
  • Hunt around your property for drafts, and have them sealed where possible. Doors and windows are a great place to look for these gaps.
  • Draw any north facing curtains during the day to allow winter sun to heat the property.

Step two: Choose the right type of heater

Now your home is sealed tight, choosing the right heating solution can make a big difference to your comfort and energy bills.

Depending on whether you want to heat one room or your entire house, this diagram will help you choose the perfect solution for your home and budget.

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Step three: Make sure it’s the right size

When it comes to heating, bigger heaters aren’t necessarily better. This is because oversized heaters don’t heat your home any faster or better, but do raise your power bills.

Which is why we think choosing the right sized heater for your home is almost as important as choosing the right type of heating for your home.

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Step four: Now find the right location

Now that you’ve got the right-sized heating solution for your home, where do you position it?

For a general guide:

  • Portable heaters work best on the ground. This is because heat rises, so placing it on a desk or table will only heat half your room, while leaving your toes open to the freezing side-effects of winter.
  • Heat pumps are generally installed by specialists who’ll be able to determine the perfect place following a consultation.

Heating location tips:

  • Remember to keep the heater at least one meter away from curtains and bedding.
  • When possible, heaters should stay away from bathrooms, as the moisture can leak into the heaters, causing issues later on.
  • Lastly, rearranging your heater and furniture to deflect draughts can keep your home that little bit warmer.

Now your home will be so warm this winter, your family and friends won’t want to leave.

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