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What heating is right for my home?

Sustainability Trust can help you make sure your home is warm, dry and more energy efficient with the right heating for your household. Find out more on the range of heating solutions we offer below:

Across the Wellington region we offer:

  • Free property assessment and quote - our home energy experts will advise the options available, and those best suited for your home and budget.

  • Expert advice and education - you can have access to a detailed, customised action plan on how to keep your home warm, healthy and energy efficient.

  • Full supply and install service - our professional and experienced electricians will ensure the install meets our years of high standards.  

  • Low-cost repayment plans - our customers can pay off the cost off their new heating system over up to 12 months with our 0% interest repayment plan.

Why does heating matter?

To prevent illness and create a comfortable, healthy environment, the World Health Organisation recommends homes are at least 18C, or higher for more vulnerable groups like children, the elderly and people who are unwell.

Heat is also needed to make and keep homes dry. When a home is heated properly and regularly, moisture and related issues such as mould can often be prevented.

Why does it need to be checked?

The right heating for a home depends on how the home and each room is used, as well as room sizes, insulation, the building construction, region, and available energy sources.

There are many different heating options, features and benefits on the market. Heating can be expensive so it's important to choose the most energy efficient option for your home and budget. Old products such as oil column heaters, unflued gas heaters and some heat pumps can be inefficient, expensive and even dangerous.

What’s recommended?

To maintain temperatures of 18C or more, most homes need fixed and appropriately-sized heating for living areas and radiant heaters for bedrooms. Full home solutions such as central heating and ducted heat pumps are increasingly popular.

Good insulation makes homes easier and cheaper to heat, as it keeps heat inside where it's needed. Best practice is to insulate before you heat.

Find out more: 

  • Consumer NZ's Winter and Heating Guide is excellent. It summarises features and benefits of popular heating products like full home ducted heat pumps and electric heaters, including average running costs. Download the desktop or mobile version.
  • Visit the Energywise website for information on the types of heaters, sizing, running costs and environmental impacts.
  • Visit the EcoShop for heating from Sustainability Trust.

Sustainability Trust is a social enterprise - that means we're part business, part charity. When you buy from us or use our services, you're doing good for community and environment. See How we're funded for more information.

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