When the heat’s on

Matamata Chronicle - - Winter Warmth -

Heat­ing ac­counts for about 29 per cent of all the en­ergy con­sumed in a typ­i­cal New Zealand home. De­spite this, the ma­jor­ity of our homes are un­der-heated by in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

There are lots of heat­ing op­tions for homes, but us­ing the right kind of heater for your cir­cum­stances will mean you can keep your home warm, healthy and com­fort­able to live in while keep­ing run­ning costs low.

An ap­pro­pri­ate heat­ing sys­tem can also help our en­vi­ron­ment by re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions and air pol­lu­tion.

Clean, ef­fec­tive heat­ing means more than just hav­ing a good heater. It’s also about hav­ing a well-in­su­lated house and us­ing your heaters wisely. mod­ern wood and wood-pel­let burn­ers, En­ergy Star-qual­i­fied heat pumps and high star-rated, flued gas heaters.

For rooms that only get used oc­ca­sion­ally, for short pe­ri­ods of time, elec­tric heaters which are cheap to buy but slightly more ex­pen­sive to run can of­ten be suf­fi­cient. There are dif­fer­ent types to suit dif­fer­ent needs. Heat pumps are good for: low run­ning costs when used prop­erly pro­duc­ing in­stant heat con­ve­nience – you can con­trol the tem­per­a­ture and tim­ing with the ther­mo­stat and timer con­trols. Be aware that:

they must be sized cor­rectly – for the space and the cli­mate – to work well (if you live in a colder area, ask the sup­plier to size the heat pump based on its ‘‘H2’’ per­for­mance)

some are a lot more ef­fi­cient than oth­ers – look for the En­ergy Star mark to show you the most ef­fi­cient model

they won’t work dur­ing a power cut. Mod­ern wood­burn­ers are good for:

low run­ning costs, es­pe­cially if you have ac­cess to free or cheap fire­wood

the en­vi­ron­ment – they pro­duce very lit­tle pol­lu­tion and use re­new­able wood en­ergy as a fuel heat­ing large spa­ces heat­ing hot water in win­ter through a wet­back sys­tem. Be aware that:

fire­wood must be dry to burn most ef­fi­ciently so you need to plan ahead and store it un­der­cover, ide­ally for at least 12 months

build­ing con­sent ap­proval for in­stal­la­tion is needed and, un­less your prop­erty is larger than two hectares, you need to use a wood­burner that’s on the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment’s list.

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