Underfloor Heating and Radiators

Are you sick of having a cold house? Are you over collecting wood, cutting kindling?

Do you want to install underfloor heating or radiators in your home?

Regency Plumbing will be able to help you. Regency Plumbing provided a great service. They were prompt to quote and very competitive. They arrived on schedule and worked professionally and quickly. We recommend them most highly. Dawn Garbett, Glendowie

Central Heating

What is central heating?

A central heating system provides warmth to the whole interior of a building (or portion of a building) from one point to multiple rooms.

Central heating differs from space heating in that the heat generation occurs in one place, such as a furnace room or basement in a house, or a mechanical room in a large building (though not necessarily at the geometrically "central" point). The heat is distributed throughout the building, typically by forced-air through ductwork, or by water circulating through pipes.

The most common method of heat generation involves the combustion of fossil fuel in a furnace or boiler. A cheaper alternative to hot water or steam heat is forced hot air. A furnace burns fuel oil, which heats air in a heat exchanger, and blower fans circulate the warmed air through a network of ducts to the rooms in the building, however for whatever reason we find that people prefer underfloor heating, or radiators in NZ.

Regency Plumbing install all types of central heating systems.

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How central heating works?

At the heart of  warm water central heating systems is the boiler, fuelled by either Natural gas, LPG, Diesel, or a wood fired boiler. Water is heated quietly in the boiler then circulated around the building to radiators and/or under floor pipes and (maybe) towel rails. Each radiator or under floor zone can be thermostatically controlled to maintain the perfect temperature or you can shut down a room or zone completely. The whole system is also controlled by a 7 day programmable electronic timer that fully automates the system according to your individual needs.

In some systems the boiler can also be used to heat domestic hot water via a coil inside your hot water cylinder. Swimming pools are also able to be heated via your diesel or gas boiler. As the heating load is generally intermittent and spread over an extended period, energy can be diverted to other tasks based on priority.

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Why choose central heating?

With today's technology there are many different ways of heating your home – by far the most comfortable and cost efficient solution is central heating.

Warm water central heating is the most popular heating system in the UK and Europe as it delivers even, quiet, healthy, therapeutic warmth that is highly economical. Central heating is becoming a major heating option for New Zealand homes because it is ideally suited to our changeable weather and lifestyles. Many homes, especially older residences, have high stud heights and poor insulation and cannot be heated economically by other heating means. A centrally heated house will normally be cheaper to run than any other form of heating.

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Underfloor Heating

What is Underfloor Heating?

Hydronic radiant floor heating systems use a boiler or district heating to heat water and a pump to circulate the hot water in plastic pipes installed in a concrete slab. The pipes, embedded in the floor, carry heated water that conducts warmth to the surface of the floor, where it broadcasts heat energy to the room above. They are most commonly used in commercial and whole house radiant floor heat projects, whereas electric radiant heat systems are more commonly used in smaller "spot warming" applications.

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Why are Radiators so good?

Radiators provide a responsive and flexible heating option for both new and existing homes. They heat up and cool down quickly, so are ideally suited to New Zealand’s changeable weather conditions and the typically busy lifestyles of New Zealanders.

Radiators and the benefits of radiators in your home:

Radiators are popular because they are:

  • Healthy: There are no forced air draughts or cold spots, and the radiant heat they produce reduces damp.
  • Responsive: Turn them on when you need them and off when you don’t, without having to wait a long time for them to kick in. It usually only takes 10 minutes for them to warm up.
  • Safe: Radiators are great for children, the elderly and pets. Their surface warms to between 60°C and 75°C so they will not affect curtains or furniture placed in close proximity. (For added safety, we also offer low surface temperature models for hospitals, rest homes and child care facilities.)
  • Controllable: All radiators are thermostatically controlled by thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), and can be turned off individually or as a system. All systems also include time and temperature controls, allowing homeowners to tune a system to their individual preferences and requirements.
  • Stylish: They come in a variety of styles, all available in a standard white, which can also be painted to almost any colour you choose.(They are also very effective at drying clothes on days when outdoor drying is not possible!)

Regency Plumbing normally use the world-renowned DeLonghi radiator range, because of their low water content, they have a faster heat up time than most other radiators. DeLonghi radiators are designed to produce the greatest heat output from the most compact surface area. They are completely silent when operating. A wide range of DeLonghi radiators are available and come with a 25 year guarantee.

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Energy sources

The energy source selected for a central heating system varies by region. The primary energy source is selected on the basis of cost, convenience, efficiency and reliability. The energy cost of heating is one of the main costs of operating a building in a cold climate. Some central heating plants can switch fuels for reasons of economy and convenience; for example, a home owner may install a wood-fired furnace with electrical backup for occasional unattended operation.

Natural gas is a widespread heating fuel in NZ. Gas burners are automatically controlled and require no ash removal and little maintenance. However, not all areas have access to a natural gas distribution system. Liquified petroleum gas or propane can be stored at the point of use and periodically replenished by a truck-mounted mobile tank.

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