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Affordable ways to heat your home in winter

by emily

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Winters have become awfully cold in Cape Town, and South Africa at large, making it nearly impossible to keep warm without a sufficient heating source. While a heater is not essential, it certainly does make your home warmer and more comfortable when spending time indoors. There are many options to choose from, but if you don’t choose the right heating source to meet your budget, it can become expensive.

Many South African homes have similar features. These include large windows, an open plan living area and tiled floors. This type of setup works perfectly in the summer months to keep things cool, but this is not the case in winter. Rooms become colder because of the tiles and big windows, therefore you need to look at the different heating options to suit your pocket. There is a variety available, each with their own pros and cons. Some offer significant monetary savings, while others are simply more appealing because of their convenience. Of course, you need to make your decision based on your circumstances.

Before you decide to go out and purchase a heater because of the price, think about the environmental factors such as saving energy. As much as you want to find something that is affordable, it is also best to consider the efficiency of the source. If you, like many other South Africans, are serious about saving energy with the appliances you purchase and so forth, consider the same in your heater option.

Here are a few of the most affordable and energy saving heating options:

  • Gas

Gas offers plenty of benefits. While the initial splurge on an item, for example, an Alva gas heater, is pricey, the long-term benefits are endless. For one, you will experience instant heat without having to run the heater for a long period of time, and two, it’s always accessible even if there are power cuts in the area. You can rely on gas to keep you warm and save you energy. Gas heaters don’t put any pressure on your electricity supply which is a massive pro on its own.

  • Wood

For individuals who would like to invest in a more sustainable energy solution, a wood fire is the ultimate option. Once again, the initial startup price is costly because you will need to purchase such a fire or have one built. Wood is one of the least expensive options for your pocket, and if you do decide to look into this, make sure you consider any other additional expenses. Home insurance providers often increase their premiums for people who do have wood fires in their homes because of the risk.

  • Solar heating

In recent years, solar heating has become a popular choice for people who are looking for a sustainable heating or energy charging solution. This type of process does require specialised equipment to get started, but over time, it’s a good option to try and take your home off of the grid. The operating costs are also free once you’ve acquired the equipment you need. If you’re able to warm your home up from something that is charged by the sun, why not seize the opportunity and see if it works for you? It’s a convenient option for homes that have large windows to attract the much-needed sunlight. It is also recommended for homes that tend to insulate well and hold heat or cool weather.

  • Aircon heater

As much as an aircon cools down a space in the summer months, it can take on a reverse cycle in the winter months. How an aircon heater works is that it cycles heat from the air around us and condenses it so that the air released is warm. As much as you’d think that an aircon uses more electricity than an electrical heater, it doesn’t. It’s far more efficient and a worthwhile investment for both summer and winter. An aircon requires an installation process which will take some time before you can start working it, but once it is installed, an aircon will provide plenty of heat in your home during the cold days.

Final thoughts

Heating your home can be as expensive or as affordable as you make it. Most people tend to steer to the option that includes equipment that they already have at home or have access to. But, with the rising costs of electricity and the effect on the environment, it’s time to consider the most sustainable heating solution for your pocket and the environment.

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