Rinnai ducted heat pumps are a type of central heating that provides comfortable temperatures throughout the year.
Once installed, the system is so discreet that you’ll hardly notice it in place around the home, but you’ll certainly notice the difference in comfort.
Rinnai Ducted Central Heating
Rinnai is a market leader in New Zealand when it comes to all things home heating, heat pumps, and water heating. Their ducted central heating system is one of the best in the country, which is why it’s becoming increasingly popular in new builds and renovations.
Typically, a whole home heating installation will include an outdoor condenser unit and an indoor fan coil unit connected to a seriesof insulated ducts that run throughout your home. This is often in the roof, but underfloor installations are a possibility depending on space.
The Rinnai ducted heat pump system allows you to heat or cool your entire home or select specific areas only. If there are rooms or spaces you don’t use often and therefore don’t need to heat or cool throughout the season, you can opt for a zone control add-on, this will give you the ability to choose which areas or rooms you want to heat/cool at any one time and can save you money on your power bills.
The system also includes Wi-Fi control as standard. This means you can control temperatures throughout your home via a simple and easy-to-use app. The best part being that you can ensure you’re coming home to a nice warm house every day no matter how cold it is outside.
All the Rinnai parts and labour are also covered by a six-year warranty when installed by a Rinnai accredited installer, such as Lite Energy.
The Benefits Of Whole Home Heating
The benefits of a whole home heating system are many.
Instead of a traditional fireplace or even a standard modern heat pump, a ducted system ensures warmth isn’t just coming from one place in one room. Instead, the system heats all rooms at once, so you don’t need to wait for the warm air to makes its way throughout the home.
With the high level of control you have over the system, you can also switch off or reduce heating or cooling in certain areas. For example, you may not need to heat the spare bedroom or second bathroom at all times, so you can reduce your energy bills by only heating the spaces you actually use.
For many people, the appearance of any heating or cooling systems can also be a key factor in home temperature control systems. With ducted heating, ducts are hardly noticeable and take up zero space inside the living areas, which makes it a highly attractive option in both the literal and figurative sense.
The Cost Of Running A Central Heating System
It can be difficult to estimate the cost of running a central heating system, because it depends on the size of your home, the system model, whether it is well insulated, and other factors such as how often you use it and what energy company you are currently with.
Lets say for arguments sake that you have a 12kW Ducted central heating, you use it for roughly 6 hours a day on average and you pay around 20 cents per kW, you would be expected to pay around $198 for a month. (Remember this is to heat a standard 4-bedroom home including hallways and living areas) If you compare this to other forms of electric heating with similar usage you would be paying around $432 a month.
Keep in mind, you won’t usually run your heating or cooling at all hours of the day or every day for that matter so the monthly cost may come under what was calculated above.
The cost of installation is similarly diverse depending on the size of your home and any special accommodations that need to be made for the property. That said, installation for a ducted system for a 150 square metre home typically starts at around $10,000 – 12,000 + GST.
On the other hand a poor quality install can cost you money in the long term, if the unit is undersized it will be constantly trying to pump out hot air to reach temperature, causing your power bills to go up. Always go with a trusted and accredited installer such as Lite Energy to make sure your central heating system is designed and installed correctly.
When Is The Best Time To Get Whole Home Heating Installed?
The best time to get whole home heating installed is during new builds or major renovations, as it can take significant work to place the system into the ceiling space or under the floors.
Options For Retrofitting Whole Home Heating
When it comes to retrofitting an existing property with whole home heating, it is possible to install a ducted heat pump system.
However as each home is unique, you will need to get a quote from a professional installer. At Lite Energy, we offer free quotes where we can estimate just how a retrofit would work and talk you through the process for your property.
Installing a ducted system can be a significant cost, luckily Lite Energy has finance options available in the form of Q card. If you would be interested in pursuing finance then speak with one of the team today
If you are not eligible for finance, you may be best to speak to your bank about a loan for whole home heating, or to add the costs to your existing mortgage.