B11 - Efficient Heating
For optimal health and comfort in the home, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) recommend minimum household
temperatures of 18°-20°C for living spaces and 16°C for bedrooms overnight.
There are a number of options available for heating your home. These include but are by no means limited to:
- heat pumps (convenient, produce instant heat and are cost effective when used properly)
- woodburners (heat large spaces effectively and have low running costs, especially if you have access to free or cheap firewood)
- wood pellet burners (convenient, easily to control and good for heating large spaces)
- flued gas heaters or fireplaces (natural or LPG, good for heating large areas for long periods)
- central heating (can be fuelled by gas, wood pellet, hot water or heat pump systems, provide heat to the entire house and can be 'zone controlled',
so you can control the temperature in different areas).
Important factors to consider
- Match the size of your system to the size of the space you intend to heat.
- Choose a good brand from a reputable supplier who offers a warranty on parts and labour.
- Use a certified installer (when applicable).
- Whatever form of heating you choose, it will work more efficiently if your home is properly insulated (see B9 Insulation).
Some councils offer heating grants or loans for home-owners wanting to install insulation, clean heating or to swap non-compliant woodburners for more efficient heating systems.
These schemes vary by district. Loans are repaid through your rates over a specified period and with varying levels of interest.
- A home that is heated efficiently will be drier, healthier and more comfortable to live in.
- An efficient heating system will reduce the cost of heating your home in the long term.
- Installing an efficient heating system can be expensive.
What do I need in order to take this option?
You will need adequate funding to cover the cost of installing an efficient heating system or you will need to be eligible for funding assistance from your council.
In most cases, eligibility for council funding assistance is based on:
- the area in which you live
- being up to date with and having a good rate payments history.
However, different councils have different criteria. Contact EECA for information about which councils offer assistance with heating.
Could this option limit my future choices?
No, installing an efficient heating system will make it easier to remain in your home and, if installed properly by an accredited provider, could increase the value of your home.
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