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I have been researching different energy options if we decide we build in NZ rather than buy an existing house that may have inefficient methods of heating. These are some of the options I have seen.

This one was a good read for ideas

Solar Energy House, Auckland - Showhome of with unbiased advice.

Energy Efficient Homes | Healthy Homes | Right House

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Do you not have radiators in NZ? May be a stupid question but I had to ask as they are so common in the UK.

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Do you not have radiators in NZ? May be a stupid question but I had to ask as they are so common in the UK.
They're not so common (but becoming more so). We find heat pumps more practical as you can use them for heat in the winter and cool in the summer.

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I have been researching different energy options if we decide we build in NZ rather than buy an existing house that may have inefficient methods of heating.
Hi; it is not just that they may have inefficient methods of heating, in my exp it's their overall construction that makes them difficult to heat efficiently. And can be so costly to rectify.

I once had a very stylish looking 1934 house in New Plymouth, purchased from the son of the people who had built it - effectively it had ben a one-owner house with not much modification. High plaster ceilings, not enough windows for natural light, built with nil consideration for where the sun might me at different times of day, heating had been by back-to-back fireplaces in main bedroom and lounge. N underfloor, wall or ceiling insulation. Lovely to look at but a classic in terms of what people say about some NZ homes being cold, damp, draughty and difficult to heat.

In contrast my house from 2001 had featured in a magazine - unfortunately not online - called Healthy Homes it had been built by an English couple using what were at that time the best available design and materials for cosy living. Built on a hillside for sun, natural wool insulation in all walls and ceiling spaces, DVS internal air filtration/ventilation system etc, only thing i didn't like was the electric underfloor heating which wasn't so economical due to high electricity costs.

One thing I remember - we bought it in June - a horrible cold Wellington winter and viewing a house at that time of year was a good opportunity to see it when the weather was at its worst.

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Hi; it is not just that they may have inefficient methods of heating, in my exp it's their overall construction that makes them difficult to heat efficiently. And can be so costly to rectify.

I once had a very stylish looking 1934 house in New Plymouth, purchased from the son of the people who had built it - effectively it had ben a one-owner house with not much modification. High plaster ceilings, not enough windows for natural light, built with nil consideration for where the sun might me at different times of day, heating had been by back-to-back fireplaces in main bedroom and lounge. N underfloor, wall or ceiling insulation. Lovely to look at but a classic in terms of what people say about some NZ homes being cold, damp, draughty and difficult to heat.

In contrast my house from 2001 had featured in a magazine - unfortunately not online - called Healthy Homes it had been built by an English couple using what were at that time the best available design and materials for cosy living. Built on a hillside for sun, natural wool insulation in all walls and ceiling spaces, DVS internal air filtration/ventilation system etc, only thing i didn't like was the electric underfloor heating which wasn't so economical due to high electricity costs.

One thing I remember - we bought it in June - a horrible cold Wellington winter and viewing a house at that time of year was a good opportunity to see it when the weather was at its worst.
Yes I agree, I bought a house in Auckland in a very wet May, & it was the only dry house I viewed. It was built in 1931 stucco & once we fixed the draughts, installed gas central heating & insulation, it was a very comfortable house which gets all day sun thanks to North/East orientation.
However the house is in Auckland & we want to live in Hawkes Bay so will leave our tenants in place enjoying the comfort of our home whilst we hopefully build or buy another one.

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Yes I agree, I bought a house in Auckland in a very wet May, & it was the only dry house I viewed. It was built in 1931 stucco & once we fixed the draughts, installed gas central heating & insulation, it was a very comfortable house which gets all day sun thanks to North/East orientation.
Saw some houses that same winter that I knew were a 'no' withing minutes of going to the property.
I had what they called 'adult-onset' asthma for years and I blame the housing; every 2-3 years I'd end up in hospital for a few days it had such an impact on my life; when we moved to the almost new place in Wgtn after 20+ years of daily preventive inhalers I was able to cut back to Ventolin 'as required; I'd visit friends' houses where they had dehumidifiers running for hours every day and often this would set off breathing problems for me.

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Having not lived in NZ for 20 years, and with a move coming up later in the year, I'm after some advice on home heating. It'll be tough leaving the luxury of one of the best inventions in the world, 'gas-fired central heating'.

We're putting in 2 heat pumps in a new house, in Christchurch, along with 'some' underfloor heating, but wondered if wall mounted electric heaters, as a top up, or oil-filled electric heaters are the way forward.

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My hubby is a central heating engineer and works for a company in Rangiora who supply and fit Gas or Oil fired central heating in the Christchurch area. I know I cant advertise on here but if you want to private message me I'm sure he will have a chat with you regards your best options.
You're absolutely right though-central heating is definitely the best and most controllable for of heating by far!
Hope that helps

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