SELECTING THE APPLIANCE
Home heating can be very expensive. During winter, home heating may account for more than half of a typical home's energy bill. It is important to choose your method of heating wisely and to follow good heating practices.
The type of heater you choose will depend on the availability and cost of fuel, and the use made of the area to be heated.
The size of heater will depend on the size and orientation of the area to be heated and the effectiveness of any insulation.
In a large area a high initial outlay may be justifiable if it substantially reduces heating bills. In areas that are used intermittently, a low initial cost is more important, as fuel costs may be a smaller proportion of total costs.
Consequently, space heaters, slow combustion heaters or electric heat pumps (reverse cycle air-conditioners) might be suitable for living areas, while simple electric (resistance) heaters may be more appropriate in bedrooms.
When the costs of different heating systems are compared, both purchase cost and running cost should be taken into account as, in the long-term, the more expensive unit in terms of initial purchase price, may turn out to be cheaper.
The energy conservation measures described below will reduce your heating bill and, in addition, allow you to buy a smaller, cheaper heater.