Central Heating Systems for Existing Homes
The Value of Retro-Fitting a Central Heating System
Many homes need a little extra renovating to bring them up to date, make them warmer, and improve the living comfort, occupant well-being and value of the home.
Central heating systems can easily be retro-fitted into homes with access under the floor; what’s more, you don’t even need to be doing any other renovating at the same time. Because traditional New Zealand homes are neither well insulated nor heated, it is extremely worthwhile to upgrade the insulation in addition to retro-fitting a warm water central heating system.
Radiator systems are best suited to retro-fitted installations as underfloor heating usually requires the pipes being laid in the concrete before building. In some cases, as part of a major renovation or rebuild, homes with wooden floors can have underfloor heating installed under the timber or as a thin screed over the existing structure (Variotherm).
Things to Consider for House Heating
Factor in these issues when planning to retro-fit a central heating system in your existing home:
- Do you have the space in a laundry, garage or potentially outside for a heat source such as a diesel, gas, biomass boiler or heat pump?
- Does your insulation need upgrading to make the most of the heat created by the central heating system?
- Have you included the cost of heating in your renovation budget?
- Have you considered possible changes to the building consent so that the renovation work includes central heating?
Benefit from Our Experience
It is best to speak to our experienced team before beginning your renovations. This allows us to help plan your renovation project so that your heating system can be installed the most cost-effectively. Bring in or send in a copy of your house plans so a workable proposal can be prepared for you.