Heating Your Home
It’s that time of year where you need to start thinking about how you will be heating your home this winter. With so many options available, we want to give you the lowdown on what we think is best for our South African winters.
Whether you choose a traditional fireplace or underfloor heating, choosing the right option for your home and budget is important. Below we look at a few popular ways that South Africans are using to heat their homes.
Fireplaces are probably the most classic way to heat your home. They come in all shapes and sizes making it convenient to choose the right style for your home. From woodburning fireplaces and enclosed fireplaces to electric fireplaces and ventless built-in fireplaces, it is important to decide what suits your lifestyle and family environment best.
Radiators might seem old-fashioned but they are a surefire way to heat your home effectively. They are used more predominantly in central heating systems found mostly in large homes with big families. Radiators also heat your home’s water so you do not have to rely on a geyser to do so. Traditional radiator needs to be heated to a fairly high temperature (between 65 and 75 degrees Celsius to warm a room effectively. This consumes a lot of energy and is not the most sustainable way to heat your home.
Underfloor heating is known to distribute heat more evenly than any other heating system. It has a lower temperature than radiators making it more efficient and eco-friendly. This can also save you costs in the long run. Also known as radiant heating, you get two types of underfloor heating. Both electric and water-based systems supply heat from the floor up. Underfloor heating is basically maintenance-free making it a popular choice for homeowners.
Solar Water Heating
We know that sustainability is huge at the moment and that incorporating eco-friendly elements into your home, significantly increases the value of your home too. Solar water heating is becoming very popular as it omits the use of your home geyser to heat your water. A solar water heater uses the sun to heat water. The water then flows through water pipes that supply hot water to your home.
Find a heating specialist to get your home warm and cosy just before the cold winter strikes right here on HOMEMAKERS