What exactly is Central Heating?

A central heating system is a heating system which provides warmth to the whole interior of a building (or portion of a building) from one point, or one heating source 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 to clarify, not necessarily at the geometrically “central” point of the building). The heat is distributed throughout the building, typically by forced-air through ductwork, or by hot 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.

We sometimes install a central heating system called a “Brivis” as pictured. They are effective warm air central heating systems. Brivis is now part of Rinnai NZ.

Central heating is common in Auckland, particularly in the big old houses in Central Auckland. We install many different types of central heating systems, including underfloor heating, active ceiling, and radiators.

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How it works?

Reticulated Warm Water – Central Heating System

At the heart of a warm water central heating system is the boiler, fueled by either Natural Gas, LPG, Diesel, or Wood.

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.

Complex to those who don’t know a lot about them, but they don’t need to be. If you’d like to know more, then make contact with us.

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Why New Zealanders are choosing Central Heating?

With today’s level of technology there are many different ways of heating your home, but by far the most comfortable 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. These heating systems are now 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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Central Heating Servicing in Auckland



Basic Service of a Central Heating System

Our basic service covers:

  • The call out to your property,
  • Up to 1.5 hours labour on site,
  • And a gas safety certificate.

The gas fitter will come to your home and make sure your central heating system is in good working order and safe to use.

If the unit requires parts, we will advise you of the issue and arrange any replacement part, or parts. The parts will be over and above the basic service fee. If the central heating system you have is very old and parts are no longer available, we will provide you with a quote for a new central heating system, or whatever is required to make your home warm again.

Important Note:

If you don’t, or haven’t serviced your central heating system, in most cases it will not work as efficiently as it could, or should, and the wear and tear on parts is also likely to increase, which are not a good outcome, however the number one risk to you and your family is Carbon Monoxide poisoning. If you ignore servicing your heating system, then the risk of being exposed to this lethal gas increases.

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