The best form of heating: Underfloor
There are two main benefits of installing hydronic underfloor heating and cooling pipes on insulated base panels covered by a thin cement screed:
- It is much more responsive and you will begin to feel the effect of the heat through the underfloor coils in about 15 minutes.
- It significantly reduces heat loss through the bottom and sides of the slab, which can be as much as 40% of the heat load if the soil underneath is wet.
Other benefits include:
- Greater effectiveness at transferring heat through a cement screed with up to 100 watts per m2 of heat output compared to heat transfer of around 70 watts per m2 for in-slab coils and hardwood timber floors.
- Operation at lower temperatures which makes it easier and hence more viable for heat pumps to be used as the main heat source.
The most cost effective form of cooling multiple rooms: Ducted Air Conditioning
Ducted air conditioning allows you to have excellent control over your heating / cooling system and even air distribution through all rooms.
Some of the major benefits of ducted air conditioning are:
- Control: Central temperature setting with minor room zone controls.
- Even air distribution: Every room has even heating / cooling.
- Value: For multiple rooms, it is cheaper to install ducted air conditioning than wall hung split systems.
- Aesthetics: The only intrusion to the room is a flush mounted vent that blends with the ceiling.
Air conditioning provides both cooling and dehumidification in summer. The air flow from the A/C system in summer makes you feel several degrees cooler as the air flowsacross our skin
Reverse cycle heating in winter uses your air conditioning system in reverse cycle to blow heating, rather than cooling into your rooms via ducting or other types of indoor units.
Cost Effective Heating / Cooling Solution For Large Two Storey Homes
The combination of hydronic heating on the ground floor and air conditioning on the first floor provides an excellent, cost effective heating and cooling solution for large homes with many rooms that exploits the advantages of both systems.
Hydronic heating delivers the best heating comfort inthe living rooms, whilst air conditioning provides a lower cost cooling system, and can also reduce humidity in summer if required. Both systems work in harmony with each other.
Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV)
Energy Recovery Ventilation retains up to 90% of your outgoing heating or cooling from the stale air by transferring the heating or cooling and the humidity to the incoming fresh air. ERV systems can be used in conjunction with air conditioning and hydronic heat pumps to reduce your heat load and hence your heating and cooling costs.
Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV)
Heat Recovery Ventilation also retains up to 90% of your outgoing heating or cooling but only works with ‘’sensible’’ heat and not humidity, so is suitable for non humid climates. HRV systems can be used in conjunction with air conditioning and hydronic heat pumps to reduce your heat load and hence your heating and cooling costs.