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 decorative pillow shams     |      2019-09-16 13:42

Freestanding heaters are the most common way to heat a home, but with so many options out there it’;s hard to know where to begin

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Choosing a heating type might be one of the most important decisions you make for your home. Not only could you end up saving money upfront and in the future, the right type of heater can make your family healthier and improve your quality of life.

There are a lot of variables involved with finding the best heating for your place – including climate, housing type and your budget – so it pays to do your research. We’ve rounded up some of the main pros and cons to get you started. But first…

Portable heaters are best for when you need a short blast of warm air in a specific area.

Heats a space quickly No consent or tricky installation required Cheap to buy

Expensive to run for long periods Can be hot to touch and risky for small children

Moretti 2000W retro fan heater, $69decorative pillow shams, from Bunnings. Goldair retro oil column heater, $129, from Mitre 10. DeLonghi HCX3220FTS slimline convector heater, $379.99, from Briscoes.

There are so many options out there for freestanding heaters, it can be hard to know what to look for. To help you get value for money, look for these three things: a thermostat (to maintain an even temperature), a timer (so you can set your heater to warm up the kitchen before you get up) and a fan (helps to warm a room faster and distribute the air more evenly). Even ticking just one of these boxes will mean extra efficiency and convenience.

Easy to install; most simply require a socket!

Oscillating tower heaters – such as Dyson’s Hot Cool range – are quiet, efficient and look like something from outer space. Goldair makes a sleek range of wifi-enabled heaters.

DeLonghi HCX3220FTS slimline convector heater, $379.99, from Briscoes. Dyson AM09 Hot Cool fan heater, $799, from Noel Leeming. Goldair panel heater with wifi, $199, from Mitre 10.

There are endless options available to suit the decor of your home, but working out where you’re going to keep your heater will help you narrow down the options in terms of size and shape. While you’re at it, check if your chosen model has cord storage so you can keep it tucked away when not in use.

Freestanding heaters range from very energy efficient (oil column heaters) to very inefficient (cheap fan heaters). Ask your retailer for advice.

Words?by: Sally Conor.?Photography by: Prue Ruscoe/

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