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UNDERFLOOR HEATING SYSTEM EXPERT FOR THE HAWKES BAY REGION
LOCAL AUTHORISED AGENTS CENTRAL HEATING NEW ZEALAND
Because the heating needs of every dwelling are different, the first step when designing a central heating system is to make accurate heat loss calculations based on these important factors:
- The dwelling size (cubic area)
- Materials used for construction
- Aspect (ie, north or south facing, etc)
- Size and number of external walls
- Number of windows and doors
All these factors affect the heat loss of a home. The location of the home within New Zealand is also an important factor, as temperature extremes vary greatly from place to place.
Cape Plumbing and Drainage is proud to have been a part of the Hawkes Bay community for many years. We are registered Master Plumbers, so all our work is 100% guaranteed.
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Q: How efficient is it?
A: Central heating is very efficient, but we need to use the word ‘effective’ in conjunction with ‘efficient’ when talking about a heating system. There is no point in installing a very efficient unit that doesn’t actually warm you or the room.
Central Heating systems are both efficient and effective when designed and installed correctly—they are proven the world over as the best system possible. Because different fuel types have different costs depending on where you are, choice of fuel also impacts efficiency. Central Heating New Zealand works with you to choose a fuel type that is right for your budget, your home and your location.
Q: Which is better, underfloor or radiators?
A: Each has its benefits. There is nothing like the luxury of underfloor systems, as ground-up heating is the best for the human body, but radiators have a faster response and can react quickly to New Zealand’s ever-changing weather conditions. We often install underfloor in the living areas and radiators in the bedroom areas, as a combination is often the best solution.
Q: What is in the radiators?
A: Water is pumped through both the radiators and underfloor systems. The system is sealed so no water is consumed once the system is filled. The water is treated with an anti corrosive agent and sometimes an antifreeze agent.
A gas central heating system with radiators in a small 3 bedroom house starts at approximately $10,000 installed. Compare this with one heat pump in the living room (approximately $4,000 installed) and another in the master bedroom (another $4,000 installed). So for $8,000 you can heat 2 rooms, or for $10,000 you can heat your whole house? The choice is obvious!