Energy Efficient Heaters & Heating | The Benefits
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Understanding Heater Energy Ratings and Costs
When choosing a heater, understanding its energy rating and running costs is crucial. Energy rating, often displayed as a star system, gives a quick reference for how energy efficient the model is - the more stars, the better. We are all familiar with the energy rating system, a government backed program that helps consumers find energy efficient products.
This rating is an excellent way to determine EFFICIENCY compared to other similar products. It won’t tell you the cost of running the equipment, but it can give you a good comparison of related heaters. The more stars, the better.
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The unit's wattage typically determines running costs:
- For example, a 1500W heater operating for one hour consumes 1.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity.
- Multiply this by your local electricity tariff to calculate the cost.
- Use https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/energy-and-environment/using-saving-energy/calculate-running-costs and open the “Electrical appliance running cost calculator” This will let you enter your kWh costs (from your energy supplier) and any appliance you want. The Power rating of heaters is given on product pages or in descriptions (or on the appliance itself). Enter this power rating, the hours used, and you can calculate the cost.
Some heaters also have features that reduce energy consumption, such as programmable thermostats, eco-modes, and zoning capabilities. Learning about these features can save money and increase comfort.
Green Heating: How Energy Efficient Heaters Benefit the Environment
Energy-efficient heaters not only save money but also help reduce carbon footprints. They convert a higher percentage of energy into heat, reducing wastage. Infrared heaters and heat pumps are examples of energy-efficient options.
- Heater pumps transfer a fluid (usually a refrigerant) through radiators in the house. They typically are 170-250% efficient. Watch the clip below to see how they work.
- Infrared heaters are around 110-130% efficient over the long term. They work by heating an element that radiates heat. Radiated heat isn’t wasted on heating the air between objects, making them more efficient than typical convection-based heaters. They work in a similar way to standing in the sun on a cold autumn day. You can check out our range of infrared heaters here.
Moreover, heaters with advanced features like smart thermostats and zoning capabilities allow you to use energy only when and where needed. Solar heaters go one step further, utilizing renewable energy from the sun, while biomass heaters use organic materials for fuel. Both contribute to the push towards sustainable energy solutions.
Achieving Consistent Temperature with Efficient Heaters
Maintaining a consistent temperature in your home or office can significantly enhance comfort levels and productivity. Heaters with programmable thermostats, zoning capabilities, and intelligent sensors can help achieve this.
Underfloor heating systems provide even heat distribution, reducing cold spots. Heat pumps and central heating systems are also known for their consistent heat output. Infrared heaters directly heat objects and people, creating a comfortable warmth that doesn't rely on heating the air.
Choosing the right heater for your space and needs can ensure a consistently comfortable environment. If your heater system can implement a thermostat (controller), the savings it will provide over the life of the unit will outweigh any initial cost of purchasing and installing a thermostat multiple times over.
Check out our complete guide to everything heater and heating related to learn everything you would need to know when choosing a heater or updating your heated space.
Space-Saving Heating Solutions
For those living in compact spaces or wanting to optimize their living area, there are numerous space-saving heating solutions available. Wall-mounted heaters, like infrared panels, can provide effective heating without occupying floor space.
Portable heaters offer flexibility, allowing you to move the heat source as needed. Underfloor heating systems are completely out of sight, providing warm comfort from the ground up without taking up any additional space.
Each of these solutions can be tailored to your unique living situation and space constraints.
Exploring the Versatility of Modern Heaters
Modern heaters offer impressive versatility, catering to a wide range of needs and environments. From compact, portable models perfect for small spaces or on-the-go warmth, to powerful, permanent installations for larger homes or commercial settings.
Infrared heaters can provide targeted warmth outdoors or indoors, while heat pumps offer both heating and cooling functions. Moreover, many heaters now feature smart technologies, allowing you to control and automate your heating from your smartphone or with voice commands. The world of modern heaters is expansive and increasingly adaptable to your specific requirements.
Smart Heating Solutions: A Guide to Heater Features and Technologies
Today's heaters offer a variety of smart features designed to enhance efficiency and comfort. Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule your heating, ensuring your space is warm when you need it and saving energy when you don't.
Wi-Fi connectivity enables remote control via smartphones, so you can adjust your heating from anywhere. Some heaters even feature smart home integration, allowing voice control via devices like Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
Energy-saving modes, occupancy sensors, and zoned heating capabilities are additional smart features available in some models. These advancements offer greater control, convenience, and efficiency in maintaining your ideal comfort levels.
It is always worth your time to understand your thermostat and smartphone app, so that you can set it up with timers and power settings to find the balance between ideal heating and overall energy consumption.
To learn more about heaters and heating, continue reading our Complete guide to Heaters and Heating.