As temperatures drop it is important to have a plan for how to stay warm this winter without sending your power bills through the roof. A mixture of good insulation and the right heating system will ensure a happy and healthy winter season.
Look for the areas in your home where heat can escape and the cold can get in. This might be through your floors, wall, windows and doors:
Once you have improved your home insulation, an efficient heating system is next. There are several different ways you can heat your home – wood burners, pellet burners, electric heaters, gas heating systems and Heat Pumps. The NZ Government provides a handy guide to the energy efficient and carbon footprint of each heating system. Here is our quick list of pros & cons of each:
• Wood and Pellet Burners – great at using renewable source of fuel and can heat relatively large rooms too. Some models enable hot water heating. Firewood / Pellets are a cost and need to be kept dry in order to burn efficiently. Fires can’t be operated by timer and can take a while to get going which makes them less desirable on winter mornings. Fires should always have a fire guard where young children are present.
• Electric Wall/Free Standing Heaters – while handy for occasional use or to heat a small room, we do not recommend you rely on electric heaters to heat your home through winter. They can be expensive to run and less powerful than other types of heating.
• Flued Gas Heaters – these must be installed by a registered gas fitter so that toxic fumes and moisture is sent outside. Running off LPG bottles means relatively high costs for supply and usage so you need to be aware of running costs for this form of heating.
• Heat Pumps – a great choice for homes in Queenstown, Wanaka & Cromwell. Heat Pumps are one of the preferred option for heating homes in the Southern region of New Zealand. By using one of our recommend brands your Heat Pump will still work efficiently, even in low winter temperatures of up to -15°C.
Heat Pumps provide instant heat, can be set by times (or even your smartphone) and can heat large spaces and entire homes – check out our guide to ducted Heat Pump systems here. Newer styles can provide colour and discreet design for modern homes.
More energy efficient than electric heaters – providing up to 4Kw of heat energy for every 1kW of energy they consume. This makes for a lower carbon footprint, especially when you consider that electricity is 80% renewable in New Zealand.
It is important that you get the right advice on the best Heat Pump system for you. At Campbell Electric & Refrigeration we provide FREE Heat Pump quotes and plans which advise you on the recommended size, brand & placement of your Heat Pump. We also install multi room Heat Pumps, ducted, whole home Heat Pump Systems and Hot Water Heat Pumps.
By following a plan of improving insulation and choosing an energy efficient form of heating for your home you can make this winter a happy and healthy one. Get a Heat Pump quote or email us your house plans to get your FREE Heat Pump plan.
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