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What is the best way of heating the home in the winter ??

Posted: Sun Oct 1, 2017 7:13pm
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dek53

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Hia what's the best way of heating ya home in the winter ??

271935

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Posted: Sun Oct 1, 2017 8:00pm

Air con is the best and cheapest. Electric oil fired rads  and  calor gas the most expensive. If your on a low 3.3kw tariff you will trip out a lot if you use electric heaters. We don't bother going for the coldest months over the winter. It's just too cold in the house for us

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Posted: Sun Oct 1, 2017 8:34pm

We bought a calor gas heater. Very cheap to run and keeps the apartment nice and warm. Better than the built in air con/heating. Warms up quicker and is cheaper. We did it properly and obtained the correct certificate from the gas people.

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Posted: Sun Oct 1, 2017 9:37pm

The problem with stand-alone gas heaters is that they create a lot of condensation because the gas releases lots of moisture when it burns. It also releases lots of nasty fumes and needs good ventilation, which means having a door or windo open and letting-in lots of cold air.

A built-in gas fire with a chimney or flue is better. Most run better with Propane rather than Butane. You can also get pellet burners that work with a chimney or flue.

As 271935 says, the most cost effective solution in terms of running costs is an inverter aircon system. They act as a heat pump, extracting heat from outside and generally give up to 3kw of heat output for each 1kw of electricity used.

Putting rugs down on the tile floors is also very effective - just make sure they have a non-slip backing!

Closing the shutters also helps keep-in the heat. The aluminium sliding windows aren’t great at keeping out cold and droughts, so closing the blinds can make a big difference.

If you have wall mounted electric panel heaters then fitting the aluminium reflective sheets behind the heaters is worthwhile, especially on external walls.

Pete.

dek53

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Mon Oct 2, 2017 7:40am

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Posted: Mon Oct 2, 2017 7:40am

Thanks everyone...we're wanting to move over there so wasn't sure what to use x

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Posted: Mon Oct 2, 2017 5:39pm

If you've got a fireplace, or can fit a free-standing log fire, then that is far and away the most effective way of heating your house. 

There's a few minutes work each day in cleaning it and re-stocking the log basket, but the amount of heat a proper log fire produces is excellent. Our's is rated at well over 20 kilowatts. The thought of what that would cost in electricity or gas just amuses me!

Socym

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Posted: Mon Oct 2, 2017 5:54pm

No room or availability for log fire in our apartment. For a holiday home the gas fire is great and so easy and convenient for a few weeks in the winter. Also we can store it away when not in use. 

Vanessa47

Sun Nov 5, 2017 11:29am

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Posted: Sun Nov 5, 2017 11:29am

271935 wrote on Sun Oct 1, 2017 8:00pm:

Air con is the best and cheapest. Electric oil fired rads  and  calor gas the most expensive. If your on a low 3.3kw tariff you will trip out a lot if you use electric heaters. We don't bother going for the coldest months over the winter. It's just too cold in the house for us

What months are so cold and how cold are we talking about i would think England is colder ! 

271935

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Posted: Sun Nov 5, 2017 11:45am

End of November to end of Feb are cold. During the day outside is tolerable. However Spanish homes are not built for cold and are difficult to heat and retain the heat.

I liked it during the day but coldness of the house was too much. In the UK we have energy efficient homes with central heating. 

dek53

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Sun Nov 5, 2017 12:53pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 5, 2017 12:53pm

You living in Spain?? 

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