Although some of us may wish it was Summer all year round, the seasons continue to roll on and Autumn has arrived, bringing with it cooler temperatures. If you’ve felt the cold in your home over the past Winter, now is the time to reconsider your heating options. Whether you are building a new home or looking to upgrade your current systems, we have put together some effective home heating solutions for you to consider this season.
When considering different heating options, it is important to consider the effects they may have on other parts of your home and lifestyle. Make sure you are asking yourself exactly what it is you need in your home, and what the priorities are when making your decision. Some types of home heating can be expensive to run, others expensive to install, but efficient on your wallet long term. Perhaps environmental stability is higher up on your priority list and you’re looking for a solution with a lower carbon footprint.
Options for heating open up when building a new home, with extensive insulation providing a great foundation for comfortable temperatures year round. Insulation in the floors, walls and ceilings is a cost effective way to ensure your home is warm and dry in the winter, and cool in the summer - working kind of like a chilly bin. So, now that you know what you’re looking for, let's dive into some choices!
A treat for your feet, underfloor heating makes cold tile floors a thing of the past. Previously considered an expensive home heating solution, underfloor heating has improved with advances in technology to become not only more effective, but significantly more cost efficient. With the ability to be turned on or off at the flick of a switch, you have full control over when you choose to utilise it. Available to be installed underneath a range of flooring including carpet, wood and tile, you can feel the warmth within just 30-60 minutes of turning it on. Make sure you choose a completely safety tested supplier, and ensure a high quality underlay is used to prevent loss of downward heat. If you are prone to hay fever or have allergies, this is a great option as underfloor heating provides a clean, silent and comfortable source of ‘thermal heat’ that will not dry out the air or aggravate allergies.
If you have a gas line to your home, gas heaters and fireplaces are a great option for home heating, and can add to the aesthetic look of your home. Gas heaters have been a popular choice for many years, and with the innovation of gas fireplaces the selection of options is extensive. Unlike wood fires, gas fires can be adjusted to different temperatures at the turn of a dial, and can be lit just as easy - no need to feed the fire, just turn it on and let it be. They also require little maintenance, with a once a year check up being all you need to keep your gas heater in tip top condition.
Insulation is the heating and cooling solution you will want to plan before you build. If you live in an older home, particularly one built before 1980, chances are your home is poorly insulated. Although it is a far more efficient choice to insulate your home during the construction of your new build, you can retrofit insulation in an older home. For a new build, we recommend fully insulating your floor, ceiling and walls to really get the full benefits of this option. Pairing insulation with another form of heating is the ultimate solution, as the insulation will keep the heat you produce indoors from escaping. However, the design and plan of your home will dictate where it is best to insulate. It is important to have a team on your side who understand the different factors that influence your ability to insulate to ensure you get the best possible outcome.
Efficient Heat Pumps
Whether you are looking to efficiently heat or air condition (cooling in summer) just one room, multiple rooms or you are looking for a central heating solution for the whole home, a Heat Pump may just be the ideal energy efficient heating and cooling solution for year round comfort. When considering this system for your home at the design stage, you may have the option to choose between wall or ceiling mounted split systems, ducted systems for multiple rooms or a combination of both. Many offer clever electronic control, often by means of a connected smart app. This app gives you an array of options for timed heating or cooling, and remote access from your smartphone enabling you to control your system from almost anywhere.
With locations around all of New Zealand, get in touch with your local franchise today to chat about how we can help you bring your dream home to life!
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