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Central Heating

We design and install central heating systems to suit your lifestyle, architecture and budget.

Whether you’re trying to improve your existing system or need a complete solution for a new build, we can advise you on the best system for your requirements, incorporating cost and efficiency. We’ve invested many years of research to find what works in the South Island climate.

The design and implementation of your heating system at a very early stage of the planning process is critical. We’ll work with you or your designer to maximise results and minimise ongoing running costs. Remember, the heat your house provides is only relative to the heat your house loses, so insulation is a critical factor.

Take a look through some of our more recent projects to view the range of heating solutions on offer.

Radiators

Radiators

Steel radiators are fixed low on the wall. Heated water flows through the radiators, heating the air in the room.

Advantages:

Suited for: Particularly suited for homes requiring central heating with rapid reheat times and specific rooms to be heated.

Install cost: Less than underfloor heating.

Running cost: Generally lower than UFH as run for shorter periods of time.

Maintenance: Dependent on water heat source, generally annual servicing required.

Time to heat: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Retrofit or newbuild: Both

Water heat source: Boiler, Heat Pump, Groundsource, Wetback or Solar

Heat profile: Controlled, radiant heat where radiators situated.

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor pipework is laid in the structural concrete, with low temperature water flowing through the pipes. The pipes heat the slab which radiates heat upwards through the floor.

Advantages:

Suited for: Particularly suited for homes maintaining a steady, controlled temperature.

Install cost: Higher than radiators.

Running cost: Generally higher than radiators due to longer running periods.

Maintenance: Dependent on water heat source, generally annual servicing required.

Time to heat: 2-3 hours to heat floor, approximately 3 hours to heat room.

Retrofit or newbuild: Both

Water heat source: Boiler, Heat Pump, Groundsource, Wetback or Solar

Heat profile: Steady, ambient heat throughout entire home.

Wood Fire

Traditionally one of New Zealand’s most popular heating choices, using wood as fuel for heat source.

Advantages:

Suited for: Suitable for any home.

Install cost: Low.

Running cost: Low – cost of wood.

Maintenance: Annual chimney sweeping.

Time to heat: 30 minutes.

Retrofit or newbuild: Both

Water heat source: Wood

Heat profile: Less controlled heat, tends to focus in one room unless used with heat transfer system.

Gas Fire

Alternative to a wood fire, using gas as fuel for heat source.

Advantages:

Suited for: Suitable for any home.

Install cost: Low

Running cost: Medium – cost of gas.

Maintenance: Annual service by technician recommended.

Time to heat: Instant.

Retrofit or newbuild: Both

Water heat source: Gas

Heat profile: Controlled, radiant heat focused in one room.

Heated Towel Rails

Heated Towel Rails

Hydronic, rather than traditional electric elements.

Advantages:

Suitable for: any home with central heating e.g. radiators or underfloor.

Water heat source: Only requires small amount of heated water so most sources sufficient.

Download brochure on heated towel rails including technical specifications.

Contact us for expert advice on the best central heating option(s) for your home.

Knowledge

Optum’s advice was invaluable, particularly for the central heating system.

TIM HUDSON & BETH CAMPBELL