Southern Plumbing is your one-stop for all kinds of heating system services in Wellington. We are professionals for Wellington home heating options. There are many methods of heating homes and buildings in Wellington.
In Wellington and the lower half of the north island, we have strong winds often and the wind chill factor means we need to keep our homes warm and insulate more than other parts of New Zealand. Many of the older buildings in Wellington only have a timber frame with weatherboard.
Heat or Insulate Your Home
The cost of energy is increasing day by day in New Zealand. Heating or insulating the building better depends on the cost of insulation. It also depends on how long you can stay in the building to get a reasonable payback period. If you will live in a building for a short time, then it is not cheaper to insulate it.
These days insulation is required for new buildings. In the past, buildings were not insulated. A typical pre 1980′s house has no insulation in the walls or ceiling. There are no double glazing or underfloor insulation. New Zealand had plenty of wood and then in the 1960’s we had cheap power. Earlier, the power companies were government owned and didn’t have to make a profit. Now the power companies are privately owned.
Professionals at Southern Plumbing are known for Wellington home heating and insulation assistance. We offer many services for home heating.
Energy costs increased with the oil change of the 1970′s and the restrictions on building new power generating dams in New Zealand. Energy costs have risen more than what they were. The gas utilities are now owned by the electric companies.
As energy rises dis-proportional to insulation costs, it makes it cheaper to insulate for most buildings. Some buildings are hard to heat. For example, 1900′s houses with no insulation, high stud, sash windows, no building paper, and open fireplaces. Old homes consume a lot of energy. The heating does not long last and it also affects the electricity bill.
What are the home heating options for old homeowners?
1. Put on more layers of clothes.
2. Insulate and achieve warm homes that are cheaper to heat.
3. Pay more electricity bill.
It is cheaper long-term to retain the heat you have or redistribute it with ducting. For example, taking heat from a sunny room is cheaper than generating the heat in that room. However, for spot heating a bedroom, a radiant electric heater will do.
Staying Long Term in the Building
We recommend insulating your home. Insulate all walls and ceilings, and double glazed the windows. PVC frames on doors and windows are a good option as well. If your home has aluminium window frames, powder coat them instead of anodizing. Powder coating has a greater effect of insulation than anodizing. PVC is better than powder coating and anodizing. Some aluminium windows can be thermally broken, which means that the outside frame is separated from the inside frame. Thus, no condensation takes place. This is almost as good as PVC frames.
Heating Costs Verses Insulation
- $500 per month heating x 6 months = $3000.00.
- 3 years x annual heating costs $3000 = $9000.00. This is a lot of insulation and double glazing. There is some heating cost as well.
- You should easily pay for insulation in 5 or 6 years.
- And the cost of energy just goes up much faster than inflation.
- You get a better return on investment on insulating an un-insulated house than money in the bank.
Commercial Buildings Heating System – Large Spaces
- Radiant heating is the best if you can get it. It warms the entire place quicker than other heating systems.
- We recommend that you insulate as much as you can.
- Close all the small openings in the building that are letting out the heat. Fill all tiny holes that you could find.
- Window glazing – no single glazing or bare aluminium frames. Use low E glass.
- Heat only the rooms you need.
- Install large masses such as concrete floors or walls to soak up winter heat and let it out slowly.
Home and Building Heating System
Heat pumps are useful in both winters and summers. The small version heat pumps are designed for a small or single room. Whereas, bigger heat pump units are suitable for open or larger areas. During cooling, heat pumps dehumidify and also in dehumidifying mode.
Heat pumps are quick and comfortable. They are more efficient compared to electric heaters. Most of the heat pumps have washable filter units which can be taken out for a wash.
Electric heaters are suitable for small rooms or room that need occasional heating such as bedroom. They are portable, which makes them more convenient. Different types of heaters are available including panel electric heaters, radiant heaters, fan heaters, convection and oil column heaters, infrared heaters, electric underfloor heating and more.
Portable LPG Heaters
Portable LPG Heaters are easy to carry around the house. Using a portable LPG heater can be risky and hazardous for your house and health. There is a high risk of fire. Portable LPG heaters don’t have a chimney or any vent thus, their emissions stay within your house. They are more expensive than other heating systems.