Forced air heating options such as heat pumps are popular because of their instant heat output. But for allergy or asthma sufferers, they are less than ideal because they circulate air, and with it, dust and allergens. They also create cold spots because air is forced from a source in a particular direction and rises, creating draughts lower in the room.
Radiator central heating is one way to avoid this, providing a healthy, comfortable ambient heat throughout the home, without relying on forced air movement. “One of the main comments we hear when installing radiator central heating is that the client has made the change because of discomfort related to dry eyes and throats with heat pumps,” Warm NZ’s Todd Bowmast says. “People also favour radiators as a whole-home central heating source because of their extremely quick heat-up time. From the point the system is turned on, the whole home can be warm within 10 to 15 minutes,” Todd says.
Families in particular are drawn to radiator systems because of their efficiency. “It’s four times more efficient to heat water than to heat air, and using radiators provides that quick, healthy, consistent heat,” Todd says.