Efficient heat source

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

De­cid­ing on what type of heat­ing sys­tem to in­clude in a new home or a ren­o­va­tion, can be one of the hard­est de­ci­sions to be made amidst all the plan­ning and dis­cus­sions un­der­taken. When Gary Bas­sett and his fi­ancee Emma Plow­man were faced with this chal­lenge as they were trans­form­ing the for­mer Whi­terig Dairy Fac­tory near Gore into their home, they knew a se­ri­ous heat­ing so­lu­tion was re­quired.

Gary and Emma said the large area in this build­ing re­quired a very efficient heat source, and be­cause the cou­ple’s phi­los­o­phy with the al­ter­ations be­ing un­der­taken was to do the very best at a very high stan­dard, this also had to be ap­plied to the heat­ing sys­tem adopted.

As there were al­ready ra­di­a­tors in the build­ing which Gary said he didn’t want to lose, along with ex­ist­ing pipe work, this was where the plan for heat­ing be­gan.

‘‘The ra­di­a­tors were cast iron, and bright orange, but they were in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, so we opted to get them spray painted black, and they work very well in the home.’’

Af­ter six months of search­ing the in­ter­net and re­search­ing dif­fer­ent types of boil­ers they could have fit­ted to work the ra­di­a­tors, Gary said he turned to ‘Pipeworx’ for ad­vice.

‘‘They had the lat­est knowl­edge re­gard­ing a suit­able sys­tem for our home,’’ he said.

‘‘Not only did they ad­vise me on what to fit, they also got me a great deal on a new boiler.

‘‘I can’t rate them highly enough,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a big job for them to take on, and I just can’t fault them for their time and sup­port.

‘‘Any ques­tions I had, they were al­ways happy to an­swer it. And noth­ing was ever a prob­lem,’’ Gary said.

Gary and Emma opted for a wood gasi­fi­ca­tion burner. This pro­vides ad­e­quate heat en­ergy - which sup­plies am­ple hot wa­ter to run the ra­di­a­tors and to sup­ply the house­hold hot wa­ter. The sys­tem has an elec­tric backup. ‘‘The only thing you can use in this boiler is wood, and from the heat which was gen­er­ated this past week­end from it, I think we will be the envy of the neigh­bour­hood,’’ Gary said.

‘‘One room here is 160 square me­tres, and we were sitting in t-shirts and were very cosy.’’

Emma Plow­man and Gary Bas­sett. In­set: The for­mer Whi­terig Dairy Fac­tory.

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