Wondering what the best heating system is for your home?
There are many ways to heat your home effectively. Below, we look at some of the pros and cons of different heating methods to keep you snug this Winter!
EECA recommends that before looking at your heating, it is worth while getting your insulation sorted first - you'll be able to use a smaller heating system and your home will be cheaper to heat.
- Electric heaters are useful if you want to provide warmth for a single person, or a single room. The pros - electric heaters tend to be relatively quiet, portable and convenient and they are cheap to purchase.
The cons – electric heaters only work well for smaller spaces. At 23 – 38 cents/kWh they can be an expensive means of heating. EECA states that, they are more expensive to run than most other heating options
- Gas heaters provide easily adjustable, instant heat and there are a range of options available. The pros – they heat up fast and are relatively responsive. In general, at 13-25 cents / kWh, gas heaters can be very efficient. The cons – gas heaters will typically only heat one room and at time and dependant on gas prices at the time, gas can be expensive.
- Enclosed wood burners are said to be more efficient than open fires, and there are a wide range of models available (8kW – 30 kW). They are great for heating large areas. The pros – At between 6 – 11 cents/ kWh wood burners can be an effective means to heat your home. The cons – wood burners are generally large and bulky heaters – at least 8 kW - which can result in hot spots if the heat is not moved around though open doors or through a heat transfer system.
- Heat pumps are said to be among the most energy-efficient forms of heating available. They are good for room-specific heating and can be a good money saving option for people who are currently heating a lot with electric heaters. The pros – At approximately 13-18 cents / kWh, heat pumps are seen to be more efficient than other electric heaters. The cons - heating costs can be higher than expected if used for cooling in summer (so be careful). They can be expensive to install.
- Under floor heating embedded in a concrete slab when you build a new home or laid under the flooring of a new or existing home. The floor needs to be well insulated underneath or you will lose most of your heat. The Pros – there are a range of fuel types possible (e.g. electric, gas, diesel). Easily controlled with thermostat and timer settings (some with room-by-room control). The Cons – it’s difficult, if not impossible to retrofit to existing homes without substantial renovation. Although under floor heating tends to be fairly maintenance-free, repairs can be expensive if something does go wrong.
Information was obtained from: energywise.govt.nz and smarterhomes.org.nz