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The comfort and health of a central hot water heating system

The comfort and health of a central hot water heating system

The traditional notion in New Zealand of ‘putting another sweater on’ in the winter is slowly changing as we increasingly understand the health benefits and absolute comfort of being warm in our homes during colder months. Installing a central hot water radiator system is a cost-effective way of keeping your family warm.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

We like to think of ourselves as a South Pacific paradise with gorgeous beaches and balmy temperatures year-round. The truth is we occupy latitudes that mean air temperatures across New Zealand drop below 13 degrees for around 200 days per year. Even Auckland and Northland are not immune to cold nights and even colder mornings, despite our misplaced belief in our subtropical climate.

Central Heating New Zealand is the leading supplier of ‘radiator-style’ warm water central heating systems—seen as an essential part of any house in Europe and North America. Not having one is simply not even a consideration where the temperatures drop to levels that kill people. The difference in New Zealand, however, is that temperatures here drop to levels that make your kids, and you, sick and miserable all through winter.

“The old days of the family huddling around the heater or fireplace and waking up in bedrooms with ice forming on the inside of the windows is long overdue for consigning to the dustbin of history,” says Lyall Smith, Director of Central Heating New Zealand. “We no longer have to accept this as the natural order of things and that heating our home adequately makes us ‘soft’.”

A warm water central heating system can ensure your house stays at a comfortable temperature year-round despite the seasonal climatic conditions—greatly increasing the health and wellbeing of your family.

Central Heating New Zealand: combating the ongoing health ramifications of our cold homes

Research conducted in New Zealand has highlighted the health and wellbeing costs associated with cold homes and yet we’ve been conditioned to accept that living in a cold house is ‘normal’; that it’s just a case of ‘hardening up’ and putting another pair of socks on.

“The World Health Organisation says living areas should be 21 degrees and bedrooms should be 18 degrees,” says, Lyall “but in New Zealand, because of how we heat our homes, we see a big differentiation between rooms—it can be 30 degrees directly in front of the fire and 10 degrees in the bedroom. This is really bad for our health—it really messes up our respiratory system.”

Leaving aside the health aspect, the simple act of getting out of bed in the morning becomes a whole lot easier when the house is warm.

“The experience of central heating is a real awakening and the delight customers have with a full home heating system is extraordinary,” says Lyall. “People who have lived with it will never go back.”

“It’s good to see people moving away from building cheaply and deciding to invest in living in a healthier and much more pleasant way,” says Lyall.

Because the radiators of a warm water central heating system come with a thermostatic valve, it's easy to tailor each room's ambient temperature to suit its usage.

Central hot water: weighing up the ongoing benefits

While the upfront cost is higher for a warm water central heating system, the ongoing heating costs are reasonable, especially when coupled with good insulation and windows.

“When you think people will happily pay to put in electric under tile heating, a heat pump or two as well as a gas fire in the living room and then pay all the running costs for these—and still be cold in parts of the house—it seems nuts when they could have installed a warm water radiator system for the whole house for the same price, get a much better outcome, and enjoy lower heating costs,” says Lyall.

“Even if you think you can’t afford it during the build, if you’re doing a slab floor, you can put the pipes in because that’s cheap and easy, then you can add the heating system later, when you can.”

While a central hot water heating system warms the whole house, individual rooms can be tailored to specific comfort levels as radiators come with a thermostatic valve to control each room’s temperature.

“It’s definitely an added advantage having a warm water central heating system when coming to sell, and can even add to the value of the house when you’re in the right area,” says Lyall. “But, more than economics, having a system like this is a choice for healthier and more comfortable living.”

Learn more about how a warm water central heating system will give your home luxurious comfort.

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