Each year as winter approaches, you’ll need to evaluate your home heating situation. Even in mild climates, your style of heating will make a real difference not only to your home environment, but also to your electricity or gas bills.
What type of heating you select will depend on your budget, style of home and personal preferences. Read on to learn about the different types of home heating.
If you have access to free or affordable firewood, the costs of running a wood fire are next to nothing and when connected to a wetback system, they can greatly reduce your water heating costs over the winter. They’re ideal for cold climates because in an open-plan home, they can be very effective in heating the whole house.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, wood fires cause minimal effect on the environment. Just be aware that before you install a wood fire, you need to get a building consent.
Flued gas heaters are a great choice if you need a safe and efficient home heating option. However, be warned that unflued gas heaters can emit water vapour, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide directly into your home – making your house damp, and the air toxic. Also keep in mind that gas heaters must be installed by a Registered Gasfitter and a Gas Certificate must be issued for the installation
Electric heating options include classic convector type panel heaters or combination convector-radiator panel heaters. Both are temperature controlled with timers as an option, making them more efficient to use. However, while electric heaters are cheap to buy, they can be expensive to run and are best used in conjunction with a heat pump or wood fire.
Heat pumps are a popular option for many homeowners due to their varied temperature control options. Because heat pumps use a thermostat, you can set them to keep rooms within a set temperature range.
When a heat pump is installed into a single room, some heat may flow into other areas, but it is unlikely to effectively heat your whole home. If you want to heat your entire house, you will need to consider installing extra heat pumps or a ducted system to distribute warmth.
If you like the look of wood fires but want to avoid the manual work and hassle, a gas fire might be right for you. Gas fires create the look of a real wood fire – but all you have to do is push a button to enjoy instant heat.
Gas fires can be built into a wooden chimney frame, inserted into an existing masonry fireplace, or can be free standing. They run off either natural gas or LPG (bottled gas) and are a safe, effective home heating option.
Your home heating is a complex decision and is dependent on your home, living situation, climate and budget. The best way to make the right choice for you and your family is to talk to a professional. Climate can offer expert advice – just get in touch or request a free consultation.