Many New Zealanders are finally switching on to central heating, leaving many wondering how they have done without it for so long. “How you are going to heat your home should be a central part of all conversations surrounding building a new home or renovating an existing one,” says Mike Wallace, Director of New Plymouth’s Premier Heating Limited. “Many new home builders are receiving misleading advice that their new home will be so warm it won’t need heating. Whilst it is true that new homes, through better building techniques and products will retain heat for longer, that heat in the colder months still needs to be generated by a heat source. As with most installations, retro-fitting can increase the associated costs and many of our new build customers report they regret not installing central heating as part of the build process.” 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 an unheated Taranaki home in Winter is 17 degrees, and at night time a chilly 9 degrees.
“At around 5% of a new home build cost, you can have a central heating system that also provides continuous flow hot water for domestic use,” adds co-director Aaron Flood. “Plus it adds value when it comes time to sell your home.” There are two main solutions when it comes to centrally heating your home, hydronic (water) or forced air. Hydronic central heating is the most efficient way of heating your home, as water holds nearly 1000 times as much heat as the same volume of air. Hydronic heating will not stir up unwanted dust and allergens, is completely silent, and best of all can be installed inside your concrete slab flooring meaning it is hidden. “Speaking to us as part of your building process is crucial,” Mike urges. “One customer came to us after their new build was finished when they realised their new home was colder than expected. Like most home owners they were told it would be warm enough and they quickly found out it wasn’t due to the large amount of glass used in the design. Whilst we were able to install a solution, their home design of a concrete floor and limited roof space meant we had to dig a trench around the entire home and drill through the exterior walls. “If we are engaged as part of the building process, and we are advised that the customer has a tight budget, then we often advise to install the heating pipes in the concrete floor, and then complete the central heating installation at a later date when budgets permit. However, in most cases when it is realised that a central heating system is only a fraction of an overall budget, the customer opts for the whole system to be installed.” Premier Heating boast some of the best central heating experts in Taranaki, if not New Zealand. Years of experience gained in both Europe and New Zealand means they are highly skilled in matching European technology with Taranaki conditions and are constantly raising the bar. “We think we’re leading the field,” says Mike. “We’re not just looking at the next thing, we’re looking at what’s coming two stages after that. What’s popular now is smart thermostat technology, because it’s not expensive to install and can help you reduce your operating costs by allowing you to control the temperature of each room from just about anywhere in the world. “We have also partnered with Energy Alternatives to offer our customers turn key solutions to generate their own electricity and then store it for use after the sun has gone down to heat their water and operate their central heating. This is proving very popular for rural home owners and the environmentally aware.”