When it comes to heating your home, nothing beats the comfort and efficiency of central heating.

Imagine a home with the same consistent temperature in every room – no more running from the hot living room through an icy hallway to get under the covers in the middle of winter! That’s the beauty of central heating.

We supply, install and service the two main types of central heating: ducted warm air and radiant hydronic (warm water) systems. For more information on ducted warm air systems, check out our Brivis Central Heating page.

Why choose radiant central heating?

Safe & Healthy

Radiant systems are safe for children, elderly and pets, are a great heating option for asthma sufferers and reduce damp and cold spots.


Radiators have the ability to heat up quickly and cool down just as fast.


At the touch of a button you can control the temperature of your home, and thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature room by room.


Your radiators can blend in or stand out with the help of a variety of shapes, styles and colours available. Underfloor systems are completely invisible!


Unlike air conditioning units with noisy fans, radiators and underfloor systems are almost silent, helping you relax in your cozy home.


You can heat your entire home with a single powerful heat source for around the same running cost as heating only two rooms with traditional heaters.

Which radiant central heating system is right for you?

There are two main types of radiant central heating: wall-mounted radiators and underfloor. As a general rule of thumb, radiators are fitted into both new and existing homes whereas underfloor heating is more cost effective in new builds.


Radiators - New and Existing Homes

Radiators heat up and cool down quickly, so are perfectly suited to New Zealand’s changeable weather conditions. Radiator systems are easy to retrofit into existing homes or include into your new build. They can be combined with underfloor systems to improve heat distribution in multi-storey homes.


Underfloor - Suits New Homes

Underfloor heating is the most luxurious form of heating as the radiant heat is evenly distributed throughout your home. Underfloor heating eliminates cold spots allowing you to make full use of your home during the winter months. No more hunkering down in one room or watching TV under a blanket.

How does it work?

Radiant central heating gives you full control over the temperature of your home and each room with a single, powerful heat source. Warm water flows through a closed network of pipes, releasing the heat through the 'emitters' (underfloor, radiators and towel rails) around the home and returning to the heat source to be warmed up again.


1. Heat Source

This is usually tucked away in the laundry, garage or on an external wall.

2. Distribution

Warm water is distributed through insulated pipes to the emitters.

3. Emitters

The emitters release heat through underfloor, radiators and towel rails.

4. Controls

A programmable controller allows you to set the temperature at different times of the day.

1. Heat Source

This is usually tucked away in the laundry, garage or on an external wall.

2. Distribution

Warm water is distributed through insulated pipes to the emitters.

3. Emitters

Heat is released through the floor or wall-mounted radiators and towel rails.

4. Controls

A programmable controller allows you to set the temperature at different times of the day.

Keen to learn more?

Talk to us today or visit the Central Heating New Zealand website to learn more about radiant central heating and see if it's the right choice for your home.

Central Heating New Zealand have an excellent online cost estimator that will help give you a rough idea of the cost of installing radiant central heating in your home.

Feel free to request an estimate from us. We'll be more than happy to discuss your requirements and come up with a package that meets your needs.

How does it get to every room in the house?

The job of the boiler is to heat water. The hot water is then pumped through insulated pipes into radiators in each room. Once the heat is released through the radiator, the water returns back to the boiler to be heated again. Easy!

Where does the heat come from?

The most common heat source is a gas boiler running on either reticulated (piped) natural gas or LPG. Other sources include diesel boilers, air-to-water heat pumps and even wood burners.

How do I control the temperature?

Central heating systems include a nifty little control panel mounted on the wall in a central location, like your hallway. This allows you to program what temperature you want the house to be at ‘peak’ and ‘off-peak’ times of the day.


Underfloor Heating

Future-proof your home

Hard floor surfaces are warm to the touch, there is no air being blown around and it is totally silent. The system is  hidden from view and, unlike radiators or surface mounted heat pumps, takes up no wall space. This makes it ideal for large open plan homes or those with lots of glazing.

The economical running costs of hydronic underfloor heating is becoming highly desired by Kiwi homeowners throughout New Zealand.

Efficient & effective

Space Invaders, the Rubiks Cube and Bon Jovi give many Kiwi's fond memories of the 80s. Unfortunately, electric underfloor does the opposite. New home owners moved into their house, switched on their electric underfloor heating then turned it off again when their first power bill arrived.

Warm-water central heating still battles with memories of the past despite being four times more efficient and therefore four times cheaper to run than electric underfloor. Don't let memories of the past prevent you and your family from enjoying a warm home in the future.

Luxurious comfort

Underfloor heating is particularly well suited to buildings with high ceilings. The radiant effect of heat from the floor is effective up to a height of about two metres, so the problem of heat gathering at the top of the room is less than with other systems.

Because the heat source is at the feet, the perceived comfort level is greater. As a result, actual room temperatures can possibly be one or two degrees below those required with other systems – resulting in energy cost savings. However, if the system is used for only short periods of time and at infrequent intervals, radiator systems may return a lower running cost.