ROOM HEATING

Whether you're trying to improve your existing system or need a complete solution for a new build, we'll advise you on the best system for your requirements, incorporating cost and efficiency. We've invested many years of research to find what works in the South Island climate. 

The design and implementation of your heating system at a very early stage of the planning process is critical. We'll work with you or your designer to maximise results and minimise ongoing running costs. Remember, the heat your house makes is only relative to the heat your house loses, so insulation is a critical factor.

RADIATORS  |  UNDERFLOOR HEATING  |  HEATED TOWEL RAILS  |  WOOD FIRE  |  GAS FIRE  |  SUMMARY TABLE
 
UNDERFLOOR HEATING
WHAT

Underfloor pipework is laid in the structural concrete, with low temperature water flowing through the pipes. The pipes heat the slab which radiates heat upwards through the floor.

WHY

  • Ambient, pleasant heat which is conducted through your body from the floor.

  • Steady temperature as underfloor works most efficiently (and cost effectively) when left on permanently at a low temperature, rather than switching on and off.

  • Easily controlled as temperatures are set per zone with thermostatic and/or timeclock controls - can be controlled through a smartphone app.

  • Can be environmentally friendly heating if the water heating source is solar, wetback or heat pump with solar PV.

WHO

Particularly suited for homes maintaining a steady, controlled temperature.

HOT WATER SOURCE

Gas or diesel boiler, heat pump, solar collector panels or groundsource.

COST
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HEATED TOWEL RAILS

WHAT

Hydronic, rather than traditional electric elements. 

WHY

  • Provides modest radiated heat for bathroom comfort.

  • Easily be turned on and off and temperature adjusted individually.

  • Connected into main central heating system.

  • Can be environmentally friendly heating if the water heating source is solar, wetback or heat pump with solar PV. 

WHO

Suitable for any home with central heating e.g. radiators or underfloor.

HOT WATER SOURCE

Only requires small amount of heated water so most sources sufficient.

COST
MORE INFO
BROCHURE | HEATED TOWEL RAIL RANGE (WATERWARE)

Download brochure on heated towel rails including technical specifications.

GAS FIRE

WHAT

Alternative to a wood fire, using gas as fuel for heat source.

WHY
  • Heating option for small-medium areas. Various heat outputs available to suit size of home. 

  • Various designs available to provide ambience and heat without the need for firewood. 

  • Can be used with reticulated gas or gas bottle station.

  • Can be used in conjunction with a heat transfer kit to spread the heat throughout the house.

WHO

Suitable for any home.

COST

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SUMMARY

WOOD FIRE

WHAT

Traditionally one of New Zealand's most popular heating choices, using wood as fuel for heat source.

WHY

  • Cost effective heating option for small-medium areas. Various heat outputs available to suit size of home. 

  • Modern burners are relatively efficient and environmentally friendly - check local council requirements for emission rates.

  • Can have a wetback installed to heat hot water. 

  • Don’t require electricity to run - a reliable heat/cooking source in the event of a powercut.

  • Can be used in conjunction with a heat transfer kit to spread the heat throughout the house. 

  • Models available with direct air vent feeds so air tightness is not compromised for air tight homes. 

  • Low maintenance.

WHO

Suitable for any home.

COST

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KNOWLEDGE

"(Optums) advice was invaluable, particularly for the central heating system."

- TIM HUDSON & BETH CAMPBELL

BROCHURE | COMFORTPLUS CENTRAL HEATING (WATERWARE)

Download brochure on radiators we supply.

RADIATORS
WHAT

Steel radiators are fixed low on the wall. Heated water flows through the radiators, heating the air in the room. 

WHY

  • Rapid reheat time - a room with a radiators can go from 5° to 20° is about an hour.

  • Temperature is individually controlled per radiator, which saves heating a whole area or zone and reduces running costs.

  • Overall system easily controlled as radiators can be switched on and off via a thermostatic timeclock, or through a smartphone app.

  • Can be environmentally friendly heating if the water heating source is solar, wetback or heat pump with solar PV.

WHO

Particularly suited for homes requiring central heating with rapid reheat times and specific rooms to be heated.

HOT WATER SOURCE

Gas or diesel boiler, heat pump, solar collector panels, groundsource or wetback.

COST

MORE INFO

BROCHURE | COMFORTPLUS CENTRAL HEATING (WATERWARE)

Download brochure on central heating (including underfloor information)

For options to heat your water for central heating systems, please visit our Water Heating page.

The above is not an exhaustive list, but a summary of our most commonly installed heating solutions. We're happy to discuss your project, which may include other heating options. We can recommend local providers if you wish to incorporate these into your design.

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