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Home Living : July 17th 2012
HEATING WARMING TO TOP ENERGY EFFICIENCY WHAT SYSTEM SUITS YOU? Janita Singh AWARMhomeisthekeytoa wonderful winter. Practical, port- able or something pretty, what's more important is choosing the right type of heating for your needs and hunting down the most energy-efficient ones. Options are endless. At one end of the spectrum there are efficient heating systems that work with the design of the house (passive solar heating). At the other, there are separate heating units pow- ered by gas, electricity or wood. An Australian government on- line initiative called Living- Greener.gov.au offers some suggestions: Central heating can often heat a whole house, while space heating heats rooms in use. Gas heaters and efficient reverse-cycle heat pumps are cheaper to run than standard electric heaters and produce one third the amount of greenhouse gases. The high costs to installed need to be weighed up against any budget set aside for this purpose. Ducted central heating systems can use either gas or reverse-cycle heat pumps as the energy source. Hydronic central heating sys- tems are usually gas-fired but may use a wood-fired heater, solar system or heat pump. Reverse-cycle air-conditioners are most energy efficient. Heat shifters have a fan and ducting to direct warm air to unheated parts of your home. These are cost-effective to install and low-cost to run. Wood is a renewable energy source if harvested sustainably. Electric portable heaters can cost little but be expensive to run. Passive solar heating works in houses designed to let the sun in on north-side spaces, floors or walls to absorb heat then release it when the temperature drops. MASTER CLASS IN BEATING COLD 1 2 3 4 1. Ecosmart Fire has a selection of eco-friendly vent free open fire- places producing a wonderfully warm dancing flame. No con- nections and no need for a chim- ney. Most models are portable and fuelled by bioethanol. Call 9997 3050 or visit ecosmartfire.com 2. A reverse-cycle airconditioner is the most economical way to keep warm. Fujitsu General's Luca Designer range is smart. The sensor control switches to energy saving mode if no activity has been detected for 20 minutes. Call 1300 882 201. 3. Rinnai's Sapphire and Sym- metry Gas Log Flame Fires offer the benefits of a log fire and the realistic eucaltypus log set, flick- ering flames and radiant warmth give the appearance of the real thing. It also boasts clean burning technology and impressive four- star energy rating. Call 1300 555 545 or visit rinnai.com.au 4. It is near impossible to incor- porate a beautiful traditional fire into existing apartments these days because of structural restric- tions. The Heatmaster Electric Fire is a great heating alternative that provides the look of a tra- ditional unit. It's also easy to install. Call 03 9761 7130 or visit heatmaster.com.au. 4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 MB Master Builders Association HIA Member Builders Lic: 93536C Visit our Showroom: 361 Pennant Hills Road Pennant Hills NSW 2120 CORNER OF GEORGE STREET Call us today: For FREE measure and quote 1300 361 390 View our Website: www.pergolaland.com.au OPENING ROOF PERGOLA PERGOLA & DECK FREE QUOTES: PERGOLAS DECKS OPENING ROOFS CUSTOM BUILT dŚĞ d ĞĚ K ĚŽŽ ĚĚŝ ŽŶ ŝůĚĞ HIA MASTERBUILDERS ASSOCIATION AUST RALIA NEWSO UTH WALES LIBE RTY PR OC ES S STA BILITY F IRST INCORPORATED 1873 World's Leading Shutters | Roller Blinds | Romans | Venetians | Awnings and more... All products can be motorised www.completeblinds.net.au 8824 7975 zb0454 Our quality never before offered at these prices SALE Free INSTALLATION As heard on Ray Hadley 2GB
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