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Your Guide to Heating

The best kind of heater for you and your family depends on:

The size of your area
The amount of heat you want
The type of heat you want
The running cost

This guide can help you make the right choice for you and your home.


Which heater do I need?

Select the situation that best matches your heating needs to find our heater recommendations.


Heater Types Explained

OIL COLUMN HEATERS

  • Ideal for:
  • Small to large rooms
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  • Quiet operating
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  • Portable
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Description

Oil column heaters warm the air via metal fins that have hot oil circulating through them. The large surface area of the fins allows more heat to be carried into the surrounding air. Oil column heaters are ideal for heating any kind of room.

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CONVECTOR HEATERS

  • Ideal for:
  • Medium to large rooms
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  • Quiet operating
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  • Lightweight & portable
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Convector heaters provide warmth by pulling air over a heated element. When the heater is turned on, the air is drawn over the element and rises up through the unit and out the top. To speed up the natural convection flow, some models include a fan.

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Ceramic HEATERS

  • Ideal for:
  • Medium to large rooms
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  • Limited floor space
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  • Personal warmth
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Ceramic heaters come as portable, tower and wall mounted versions. Tower and wall mounted ceramic heaters are more effective for heating rooms due to their size.

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Panel HEATERS

  • Ideal for:
  • Lounges, hallways, & bedrooms
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  • Complements Heat pump heating
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  • Quiet operating
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Panel heaters are convection heaters and provide warmth by using hot air to attract cool air over a large panel surface. Air is drawn over the element and rises up through the unit and out the top through vents. Panel heaters are usually wall mounted and provide efficient heating in lounges, hallways and bedrooms.

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Fan HEATERS

  • Ideal for:
  • Small rooms or offices
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  • Personal warmth
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  • Portability in the home
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Fan heaters are cost effective personal heaters, designed to provide instant heat for smaller spaces. Some fan heaters feature adjustable thermostats, timers and safety tilt switches.

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Radiant HEATERS

  • Ideal for:
  • Personal warmth
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  • Ambience (warm glow)
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Description

Radiant heaters use quartz or halogen tubes that generate heat simmilar to the sun's. The heat rays are absorbed by you and objects but the surrounding air is not heated. Radiant heaters provide instant heat and are ideal for personal heating. These heaters are particularly effective in draftier environments.

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Micathermic HEATERS

  • Ideal for:
  • Medium to large rooms
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  • Quick heating
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  • Quiet operating
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Micathermic panel heaters combine technology from both convection and reflective heating to efficiently heat air and surfaces. The faster a heater can bring a room up to temperature, the less power it uses, making it more eco-friendly.

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Heater Safety Tips

Be careful where you position your heater, there needs to be at least 1 metre of clearance from curtains, furniture and even people.

Never leave heaters unattended, especially when children are present.

All homes should have smoke alarms installed.

Don't use your heater to warm or dry clothes and keep your clothes rack at least 1 metre from your heater.

To reduce the risk of heaters being knocked over, do not put them in high traffic areas.

Always follow the specific instructions in the user manual of your selected model.


Money Saving Tips


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