Taking the Confusion out of Heating Your Home

The following article has been taken from Hallmark Homes.  It breaks down heating options quite succinctly.  Well worth a read if you are building your new home and are wanting to know what options are available.

My advice… Future proof your home.  It doesn’t cost much to lay underfloor piping in your concrete slab. This approach gives you the option to install central heating at a later date when you have a bit more money… Its best to live without regret.

Taking the confusion out of heating your home

So, which is your preferred heating source? Radiant or Convective heat? And which is best for your new home? Let us explain.

When it comes to Home Heating, there are two broad types of Heating.

1. Radiant:

The sun is the best example and it’s free. Your body soaks up its radiant heat even on a cold day.  Others include Fireplace, Underfloor Heating and many more. When you walk into a home with Radiant Heat, you instantly feel warmer.

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2. Convective:

With Convection you heat a room, but until the whole room is up to temperature you’re not going to be warm. Examples include; heatpumps, oil column heaters and more.

Much of the decision is going to boil down to Budget, your Expectation, and whether the new home is for the Short, Medium or Long Term.

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Is it a radiator or underfloor heating or a radiator floor?

Retrofitting underfloor central heating… Is it possible? The answer is yes.  On my heating crusade I stumbled across a new product (new in New Zealand that is) called Variocomp which is made by Variotherm or is that the other way around.

Variotherm’s floor heating systems turn cold stone, tile, laminate or wood parquet floors into comfortably warm surfaces. They provide a cosy warmth: in living areas, hallways,
kitchens, bathrooms and offices.

I know, I know… it sounds like underfloor heating… I can envisage people hitting their heads on their desks, swearing at me through their screen and looking for the “escape” button… but wait!

The Variocomp system is warm-water based. It is therefore cheaper than electric underfloor heating systems which I have to say is the curse to my heating crusade. Mention underfloor heating to a Kiwi and they will instantly perform the pub haka searching for their wallet.

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12,000 Take Advantage of Heating Scheme

The following is an article from the Otago Daily Times.  Its amazing what Cosy Homes Trust project manager Jordanna Whyte continues to achieve in Dunedin. We need more community groups like this to help people live a comfortable life in their homes – rented or not.

Dunedin ratepayers have made good use of the Dunedin City Council’s Warm Dunedin initiative, leading to 1200 warmer, drier homes in the city.

Cosy Homes Trust project manager Jordanna Whyte. PHOTO: STAR

Cosy Homes Trust project manager Jordanna Whyte. PHOTO: STAR

More than 1200 ratepayers have taken advantage of the programme since it began in 2013.

The continuation of the scheme for this financial year was approved in the 2017-18 annual plan.

Dunedin Cosy Homes Trust project manager Jordana Whyte is urging the city’s homeowners to take advantage of funding schemes.

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Design Dilemma: Decorating Around Radiators — Blue and White Home

Many homes, especially older ones like mine, have unattractive radiators in each room. Although they are much needed for many months of the year, radiators can be an eyesore year round! Here are some ideas for making your radiator less conspicuous. Paint It: Paint is probably the easiest and least expensive fix. In the room below, […]

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5 Ways to Keep Your Home Warm in the Winter

Living With A Boy

You may not be thinking about it yet, since we’re just coming into the warmest months of the year. But, Winter isn’t that far away and our winters seem to be becoming longer and colder. Did you know it’s only twenty-five weeks until Christmas? Okay, I definitely don’t want to think about that. But, if you’re someone who feels the cold or you have young children in the house, you may want to take a look at these tips for keeping your home warm.

Shut Your Curtains

In many homes in the UK, curtains aren’t often used. Many people have blinds and curtains but only close the blinds once the sun goes down. During the Winter, take the ties of your curtains and use them. When it gets colder, curtains can act as an extra insulation in your home. However, when you do make use of them, don’t forget to…

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Wake up to Central Heating

What is the fixation with living in one room during the winter months when the temperature dial heads South?

Why Kiwis settle for just ‘spot-heating’ was published on Stuff.com in early July 2017.  The article provided a balanced review of central heating and it benefits. It clearly highlighted the fact that Kiwis hunker down, preferring to heat one room, during the winter months. Why? Is it because heating is simply too expensive? Have Kiwi’s never really experienced central heating? Is it just a simple case of education so Kiwis “get it”. Surely its time that Kiwis woke up to central heating.

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