IT IS EXPENSIVE TO INSTALL
Whilst typical installation costs can be greater than that of other heating solutions, hydronic central heating is now much more affordable. When you combine the affordability, with the added benefits that hydronic heating gives you over other heating options, it’s rising popularity is understandable.
Noise - Hydronic heating is silent where-as ducted air systems can be heard
Health - It is a healthier option as there is no reliance on forced air which can stir up unwanted dust and allergens
Efficiency - Water transfers energy at a higher rate than air which when combined with high heat loss of forced air systems means hydronic heating is much more efficient
Flexibility - Combination boilers can be used that as well as providing hot water for heating purposes can also provide unlimited domestic hot water
IT LOOKS UGLY
Underfloor heating is largely hidden from view, where-as radiator heating is not. Even with visible radiators there are multiple styles to choose from and some people actually like to see radiators as they feel it makes the home look cosy and warm. Visible radiators were even in the million dollar plus homes on the recent series of The Block NZ
IT'S NOT COLD ENOUGH IN NEW ZEALAND
Well insulated homes are only part of the solution in keeping warm. The insulation means your home will retain heat for longer, but it still requires a heat source. The World Health Organisation recommends a minimum daytime temperature of 20 degrees inside a house that contains children or elderly. According to branz.co.nz the average daytime temperature of a Taranaki house in Winter is 17 degrees, and at night time a chilly 9 degrees
IT IS EXPENSIVE TO RUN
Advances in technology, and better insulated homes, now mean that many households are reporting spending less on heating their entire house than they were before central heating.
According to Consumer NZ 2013; Central Heating running costs compared very well when compared to other heating solutions:
Central Heating: 6-20 cents/Kwh
Wood Burner: 10-24 cents/Kwh
Electric Heater: 17-36 cents/Kwh
Heat Pump: 6-12 cents/Kwh
A family of 5 in a 1940's, single glazed 180m2 home in Frankleigh Park, New Plymouth reported that during June 2016; they operated their central heating at 21 degrees for an average of 12 hours per day and their total gas bill for the month was $131.09.
This was a great outcome considering that according to consumer.org.nz an average family will use 2 x cubic meters of firewood in a winters month to keep the fire burning most evenings and weekends. At an average price of $65 per cubic meter of firewood, the cost is comparable and the entire home is heated for longer as opposed to a single room.