How to Keep Warm this Winter

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From the loungeroom to the kitchen and the bedroom, John Alan Betta have got all the products you need to ensure that you will feel comfortable in your own home all year round. It is our job as your indoor heating specialists to help you find the most effective form of heating to suit your needs. In-store our helpful staff can assist even further when provided with house plans or rooms sizes so that they can use their expertise to create the perfect home heating solution.


In today’s article we are going to look at some of the products that John Alan Betta offers that can help you escape Winter’s chill.

Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners/Heaters

Reverse cycle air conditioners are multi functional, so not only do they keep your house cool in Summer but they also make sure to heat your home in the winter months. Sometimes referred to as heat pumps, reverse cycle air conditioners work by extracting air from the outside and transferring it inside. 


Reverse cycle devices produce a convective warmth and are the most effective form of electric heating. Five or six star units will emit lower greenhouse gas levels even in comparison to gas heaters.

The system is ideal for allergy and asthma sufferers because it works as a dehumidifier as well as an air filter.


Ideal for: Anyone building a home deciding on an effective form of heating 

and cooling

Anyone looking to upgrade or add to their current heating system

Allergy and asthma sufferers

Suggested brands: Panasonic, Fujitsu, Kelvinator, Teco, Mitsubishi

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Electric blankets

Many households choose to only heat the main family area which makes sense from a cost perspective. Some houses have large layouts and it can be difficult to try to heat the entire home if the heating system has not been upgraded for some time. A great alternative to closing doors and trying to heat bedrooms individually, is the electric blanket. Thanks to technological advancements over the last couple of years the stigma surrounding electric blankets has disappeared and they are now safe, user friendly and very cheap to run. Some possess handy features such as variable temperature controls and timers so even if you fall asleep, you can feel at ease that the electric blanket will shut itself off.


Ideal for: Anyone that doesn’t want to heat bedrooms individually

Anyone who feels the cold during the night

Anyone wanting to save on heating costs


Suggested brands: Sunbeam, Kambrook, Heller

Heated throws

This handy little gadget is wonderful for those that are seated for the majority of the day. Owning a heated throw will mean you don’t even have to turn on your heating if you are the only person at home. Heated throws work similarly to electric blankets, they’re laced with heating coils covered by heat resistant and non flammable material. The only requirement that needs to be met is for you to sit near a power outlet (could always use an extension cord) and with many alternative designs there is sure to be one that fits your taste.


Ideal for: Elderly people

People who work at home in a seated position

Anyone who lives on their own

Anyone that prefers not to turn their heating on 

Anyone that wants to save on heating costs

Allergy and asthma suffers


Suggested brands: Sunbeam

Radiant heaters

A bright glow is emitted from their visible columns delivering a radiant heat to the room. Radiant heat is absorbed through the skin as opposed to other heaters that instead blow out hot air. Receiving heat this way provides a greater sense of warmth and is critical in smaller rooms to avoid stuffiness. Radiant heaters are a silent heating companion that is cost effective and user friendly. This heating option is also compatible with allergy and asthma suffers as it does not emit any allergens as fan forced heaters do.


Ideal for: Smaller areas

Allergy and asthma sufferers


Suggested brands: Heller

Oil heaters

Despite what the name suggests, oil heaters are run by electricity. All forms of electric heating are considered efficient as they turn 100% of electricity into heat. Oil heaters are very cost efficient and easy to run. Although it will take a little longer to warm up oil heaters provide a warm, radiant heat that will envelop the room as opposed to a fan blowing alternative. It is also a preferred choice for those that suffer from asthma or air-borne allergies as it does not blow dust or other particles into the air. 

Ideal for: All homes

Asthma and allergy sufferers

Suggested brands: Delonghi, Dimplex, Kambrook, Heller

Panel heaters

Powered by electricity providing a convection heat, panel heaters create a warm, ambient atmosphere. Silent in operation, panel heaters can be portable or fixed to the wall and don’t emit any dust particles or allergens so they are perfect for asthma and allergy sufferers. 

It is important to know the costs of running a panel heater as they can vary from model to model. Generally more expensive to run than other forms of heating, panel heaters are a cheaper alternative at the start when compared to the initial prices of more energy-efficient heaters . 

Ideal for: Homeowners looking to install an effective,

  unintrusive form of ambient heat

Allergy sufferers

Suggested brands: Nobo, Omega, Noirot, Delonghi, Dimplex, Heller

Slow cookers

The best way to heat the entire family is from the inside out! 


Slow cookers have long been a winter favourite, creating family favourites and traditional classics. Capable of a wide variety of dishes, slow cooking meat with the low temperature form of cooking will have the juices continually infusing and marinating back into the dish. You do not have to use expensive cuts of meat to create tender dishes which makes the meals created by slow cookers very cost effective.


They come in different sizes to suit your family. Whether you are cooking for a crowd, cooking in bulk or just cooking for a couple, every home should have a slow cooker within easy reach.


Ideal for: Busy households that have family eating at all

  different times of the day

People that like to cook in bulk

Large families

Winter and summer

Families on a tight budget


Suggested brands: Russell Hobbs, Breville, Sunbeam, Westinghouse, 

Phillips, Sunbeam, Crock Pot, Tefal, Kambrook

Enjoy BBQ this winter


Get back into summer early this year and keep your family warm this winter with an Aussie classic. Reignite the passion every Australian feels when they hear the sizzle of a BBQ and beat out the cold to produce a truly great family meal.

Browse our Weber range to find the perfect barbecue to suit your tastes and entertain guests all year round with a variety of electric, charcoal and gas BBQs available now.


Ideal for: 

– All families, big or small

– Entertainers


Suggested brands: Weber