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What’s the most energy-efficient way to heat my home?

There are several options when it comes to heating your home. You can choose from systems that are designed to heat your entire home, such as hydronic, ducted gas, ducted air conditioner, electric under-floor, to systems that are designed to heat a single room. These include, split system air conditioners, portable electric heaters and gas heaters.

Out of all these options the most energy efficient and cheapest to run are split system air conditioners.

Choice magazine has calculated the running costs for heating a small room for 500 hours and found that portable electric heaters cost $312, gas heaters cost $212, while split system air conditioners came out as the cheapest option at just $113.