Beacon Point Residence
Heating Type: Radiators, Wood Fire.
Heat Source: Gas Boiler.
A LOW-MAINTENANCE CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEM
As a visually stunning residence, this architectural delight of a home deserved an equally impressive heating system. We actually came on board to help our clients with a total package service, offering heating, hot water, plumbing and drains services, but we are particularly excited to showcase our cost-effective, low maintenance central heating system.
The beautiful 353sq/m Wanaka home needed a heating system that would be easily maintained and easy to use, while also being cost-effective year-round for our two resident clients. To achieve this aim, we designed a simple system that utelised thermostats to set and automate both the heating of the house and the generation of hot water.
OUR CLIENTS LOVE THE SYSTEM…
“Radiators are great. Once set up, the system runs itself. We wouldn’t install trench heaters again, radiators are fine on their own.”
HERE’S HOW WE DID IT:
We installed a gas boiler, radiators and a hot water cylinder and used programmable thermostats for automation.
The gas boiler heats water for the radiators and domestic hot water supply. Thermostats on the radiators or hot water cylinder trigger the gas boiler to turn on when they call for heat.
The radiators provide the heating for each room. We chose the programmable Neostat Thermostat to control the system and positioned it in the hallway. When the air temperature in the hallway drops below the set temperature on the thermostat, the radiators turn on. To allow for personal preference and flexibility in the heating system, each radiator can also be individually controlled by the thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) located on each unit.
The hot water cylinder provides the hot water for domestic use and is controlled by a built-in cylinder thermostat – which is left on permanently. The gas boiler generates hot water for the cylinder as determined by the cylinder thermostat.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO RUN?
Due to the addition of the thermostats, the central heating system in this home is pretty cost effective! The radiators are set to come on in the early mornings and early evenings, so the home is only heated when and where you need it. For both central heating and domestic hot water, gas costs total approximately $200-$300 per month during winter and $100-$200 during summer.
To keep the system running at its best, it is important to maintain it well. The maintenance of this system simply requires an annual service by a certified technician and occasional client maintenance.
• Technician maintenance – all central heating systems should be serviced annually to maintain efficiency. An average gas boiler service costs $250 + GST.
• Client maintenance – the pressure in the system needs to be kept topped up for the system to operate. Occasionally, this may drop and need to be topped up. This is a 10-minute task, and we provide our clients with a manual specific to their system with instructions on how to do this.
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If you’re interested in any of the systems described in this case study, reach out and we can discuss options to help you heat your own home!