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Quality Energy Efficient Heating Systems for the Home or Office
By installing an energy efficient heating system in your home or place of business, you can drastically cut your power bills and do your bit for Mother Nature! The expert plumbers and gas fitters at Pipe Masters have a wide range of experience with multiple heating installations. Together with our variety of completed projects over the years and our understanding of what Kiwis desire in their homes, our team can offer full design and install packages. Our calculations will ensure that your heating bills are minimal and that your heating system is working at optimum efficiency.
Radiator systems have been a very popular way to heat a home in Europe and in New Zealand, both in the past and present day.
The generated hot water is pumped through the piping and through the radiators to heat the spaces where they are placed. The system is calculated and sized to suit the dwelling through the Heat Retention Calculation carried out by our Heating Engineer. This ensures maximum efficiency from each radiator, with as low running costs as possible. Also ensures correct placement of the radiator to catch the cold where it first presents itself in the dwelling.
Features of radiator system are:
- Great retrofit ability as they are easily installed in and around an existing dwelling, with minimum disturbance.
- Radiators have a quick heat up time so that they can heat space quickly.
- There is no noise from fans and no dust as they have few moving parts.
- The system is governed by a central ambient weather compensating controller that allows the system to turn itself off when it is not necessary to heat. This means that you do not come home after leaving the system on to find you have “cooked” your home!
- Each radiator is completely controllable as they have a thermostat that gives you control over their individual temperature. This allows for flexibility in heating throughout the home.
- The colour and styles are many. Radiators can be painted to suit the colour of where they are to be installed, also whether you wish to have an old world look through to the more modern fresh, there is a style to suit every décor.
- Can be combined with a potable hot water system. Can be combined with other systems, i.e. radiators upstairs with hydronic in-floor heating down stairs etc.
- Can be combined with a solar system.
Points to consider when installing a Radiator system:
- Radiators take up space as they “sit” next to the wall and cannot be moved.
- A radiator system cannot be used for cooling.
The types of Heating units that suit a Radiator system are:
- Air-to-Water Hot Water Heat Pump
- Diesel boiler
- Gas Combination Boiler
Hydronic in-floor heating should not be confused with the electrical in-floor heating that has a high cost to run. A hydronic system uses heated/cooled water, (not electricity), which travels around pipes that are embedded in the floor, walls, or ceiling of the dwelling. This heat then radiates out in to the space to be heated. There are a number of ways that you can install floor heating
- New Built in-slab method
This sees the pipework laid prior to the foundation pour of concrete. This system is set in the foundation concrete slab. The water heats up the slab of concrete and then radiates out into the space where the heating is needed.
Features of an Underfloor Heating Systems
- underfloor heating gives a very gentle distribution of heat. No hot spots. It is said that if you cannot notice that there is heating turned on, that you just feel comfortable, the system is working well!
- Invisible system as all the componentry is fixed in the floor
- Gives you complete control over the space that is to be heated, as every room has a thermostat.
- The system is governed by a Central Weather Compensating Controller that allows the entire system to turn itself off when it is not necessary to heat. This means that you do not come home after leaving the system “on” to find you have “cooked” your home!
- The low temperatures needed to run the system mean a great savings in running costs.
Points to consider when installing underfloor heating systems.
- Can be combined with a potable hot water system.
- Can be combined with other system heating systems, i.e. in-floor downstairs with ducted system upstairs, etc.
- The flooring of a dwelling can have a major impact on the floor heating performance so this is taken into consideration when the Heat Retention Calculation is carried out to ensure the least energy usage as possible.
- Very flexible as the pipe work is embedded in the floor so gives you maximum usage of the space in the rooms/ areas to be heated.
The types of Heating Units that suits underfloor heating system are:
- Diesel boiler
- Gas condensing boiler
- Air-to-Water Heatpump, (heating and cooling)