With so many different heating options to choose from, you don’t have to give up style in the pursuit of warmth.As well as keeping you cozy, fireplaces make striking contact points. For a traditional wood fireplace, you can opt for an open hearth, metal insert (you need exhaust) or slow burning. Slow combustion heaters, also known as wood heaters, are a great option – they are the most energy-efficient and cost-effective. The fireplace should use sustainably harvested wood and avoid treated wood as it releases toxic pollution.If you want the visual appeal of the fireplace to the switch movement, choose a decorative gas fireplace. Gas fireplaces are stylish, designed to look like wood fireplaces. They may be easier to manage however, and are a great choice for small rooms such as apartments. A real flame offers a wide range.

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Space heaters are devices that channel heat into specific areas, like column heaters and wall units. They’re fantastic if you want to heat specific areas, such as a bedroom or lounge room. Gas is considered to be more environmentally friendly than electricity, with electric heaters producing two-thirds more emissions. Both gas and electric space heaters can be portable or fixed.

If you need to heat the entire house, central heating is a good choice. It may feel like a pricier option in advance, but an energy-efficient house with central heating can actually use less energy than an inefficient home with space heating.

Ducted heating sends heat into the house through underfloor or roof ducts, usually a gas system (with electricity used also, to fan the air through the house). Because warm air rises, floor ducts are more efficient than roof ducts. A central switch allows you to control the temperature, and you can open or close ducts in particular rooms to change the distribution of heat.

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If you’re building a new home or extension and want to keep your feet toasty, consider in-slab heating. An electric heating element is placed under concrete floors (before the concrete has been poured), providing a subtle warmth.

Hydronic systems heat water and circulate it through sealed pipes to radiator panels located throughout the home. Usually these systems are gas fired but they can use a heat pump, a wood fired heater or solar. Insulation around the radiator panels is necessary to avoid heat loss.

It’s important to have your heating system installed by accredited experts – not only for safety but to reduce energy losses and maximise cost-effectiveness. There are also simple solutions you can install yourself, such as a heated towel rail and heat lamps in the bathroom, and hanging heavy curtains throughout your home.

With so many heating options to choose from, you’re sure to have a comfortable and stylish winter.

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