Central heating is a fantastic way of heating your whole house with one source of energy, efficiently and consistently throughout the home. A central heating system will keep the temperature perfectly equal in every room.
Although the initial installation costs can be higher than some other heating solutions, in comparison to heating the same spaces with individual heating appliances, central heating quickly becomes a cost-efficient solution to install and run.
Traditionally controlled by one thermostat, central heating systems can range from a simple system design to a more elaborate, multiple zoned solution.
Zoning a central heating system means you do not need to heat the entire house at once, or it can allow you to maintain different temperatures in different areas – making for a more comfortable home for everyone and providing less running costs.
In New Zealand we have two main forms of central heating systems available –
- Hydronic systems which reticulate water through pipes and the heat is delivered into the spaces via heat emitters like radiators and towel rails which are fixed to the walls, or floor pipes installed into the concrete floor slab.
- Ducted systems that produce warm air which is delivered into the home via a series of floor, wall or ceiling registers.