Passive heating means the design of the house opens up towards natural heat sources. Active heating is historical heating by room and nowadays replaced by heating systems
Active or Passive Heating
For the whole House or by Room individually
Active or passive heating
Active or passive heating—a decision made by design. It might be too late or costly to change the design of your house, but opening up a house towards natural heat sources like the sun is in most cases possible. New and bigger double glazed windows catch light, sun and warm up the interior of the house. Combined with heat distribution you would be able even to heat rooms without sunlight.
Active heating by room is historical the preferred solution in older houses. People’s choice is dominated by gas-flame heating and wood fires in NZ. These heat sources create very efficient radiant and convection heat. Watching the flames, light and warmth tickling the skin and on the spot you have warm feelings. The combination of radiant and convection heat is ideal for homes with poor insulation or draughty single glazed windows.
Often people like builders obtain firewood for free and driftwood from river banks make wood fires (wood-burners) a cheap heating alternative. This is why we installed another wood burner recently in one of our rental properties. But in new houses lifestyles tend to move towards heating systems (central heating) thermostat and timer controlled.
Electric heating and heat-pumps
Electric heat-pumps are trendy but overrated in NZ because of “government subsidies” and their efficiency. Still in many cases they are too expensive to run in poorly insulated homes. They have a couple of Kilo Watts input and are often installed for better cooling properties right under the ceiling. That makes the fan-heating effect less desirable.
We just had one heat-pump installed. Unfortunately tenants behave differently to homeowners and could not handle it. There were ongoing problems with the remote control and lack of understanding how to use it. A heat-pump should run set on room temperature and then let it working temperature controlled. You don’t switch it on and off on maximum temperature like a fan heater in belief saving electricity.
Extreme good experiences we made with wall mounted electric convection heaters. The built-in thermostat can be set to maximum energy saving during the day. For high-end heating solutions smart thermostat and remote controls are available to reduce the energy consumption for the energy conscious homeowner at lower and manageable costs.
Home Owner's Blog
For the office type of person leaving early in the morning and coming late at night home a time controlled electric heating can make life comfortable. A warmed up bath in the morning and a pre-heated house at night is convenience that a wood fire unattended cannot provide. The budget question really is heating system or stand-alone heater?
Heating systems or stand-alone heaters
Heating systems are the comfortable solution for the whole house but only for homes with good heat retention properties. They create desirable dry, healthy and dampness free living conditions.
For all sorts of heat sources you will find central heating including under-floor heating and ducted heat-pumps. As budget solution gas and wood-fire heating in combination with heat transfer are popular.
Fixed installed stand-alone heaters are the preferred alternative for rooms when upgrading older homes. Still the usage of portable gas heaters has in NZ a tradition, but because of fire hazards they should be banned as source of moisture.
For practical reasons we preferred the installation of three stand-alone heater types;
· Gas-flame heating and wood-burner
· Solar air heater, that blows heated air gently into the house
· Time and thermostat controlled convection heaters
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