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DAIKIN HEAT PUMPS HAVE AN AUTOMATIC DEFROST FUNCTION SO THEY
CAN OPERATE EVEN AT 200C.*
It can get pretty chilly round here. We should know, we re
local like you. That s why we d be keen to install a Daikin in
your house. Because if the Mercury drops below zero and
ice or snow forces your family inside, a reliable Heat Pump s
going to be pretty important. So give us a call, before the
next cold snap, and we ll shoot around to give you an
obligation free quote. It won t take long
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*FTXR can operate to -200C, all other wall or floor heat p
can operate to -150C.
g, we re just down
THE TRACTOR'S FROZEN,
THE PADDOCK'S COVERED
IN ICE, AND THE UTE'S SEIZED.
AT LEAST THE DAIKIN
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How insulated is your Southland home?
By JENNA VAN DER HOORN
There are many effective ways of warming
our homes these days, but nothing can
compensate for poor insulation.
Many New Zealand homes were built without
good insulation, and particularly in places like
Southland and Otago where the climate can
be cold for large parts of the year, that doesn't
make a lot of sense.
That's why home insulation has become such
a hot topic over the last few years.
In Southland, where many houses are old and
insulation was never a consideration, it makes
a lot of sense to have a look at how things can
As well as professional insulation, it may be a
good idea to consider such things as drapes
and carpet, which also help insulate your
And eliminating drafts from around windows
and doors can make a big difference. Foam
insulation can be adhered to window and
door frames to kill some drafts, while you can
rely on a good old stuffed snake for the
bottoms of doors.
It also pays to check what heating will be the
right option. You don't want to end up with
something too big or too small for your
If you're planning to get a heater, there's a
fairly simple equation to work out what will
suit your needs. Multiply the size in cubic
metres of the room in question by 60 to work
out the wattage you will need.
But if the room is un-insulated, you'll want to
up that figure by at least 20 per cent.
Awarua Synergy general manager Sumaria
Beaton says people don't realise how badly
their homes needed insulation until they had
it. Houses built before the year 2000 would
require insulation as building and insulation
standards were different than they are today.
The insulation options out there are varied
both in price and quality, but Sumaria
recommends a polyester blanket insulation
which takes out the risk of having 'gaps'.
Other options include natural wool blanket
products, as well as polythene for underfloor
There are a number of ways of
working out if your home
requires better insulation. Obvi-
ously if it's cold despite a good
heating source, then it is an
Other indicators are such things
as the surface of the floor
feeling cold, issues with dam-
pness, condensation and
mould, and colds and flus
beyond the norm.
Some homes are un-insulated,
while others are under-
insulated. This means that the
present insulation is not
adequate, or doesn't meet
current building code
For example, ceiling insulation
can settle over a period of years
and become far less effective
than when it was first installed.
Sometimes, under-insulation is
evident by dark lines forming
on the ceiling, as warm air rises
and escapes through the ceiling
lining leaving dust particles.
If your home is over 15 or 20 years old, the
state of the insulation should be assessed -
including walls, ceiling and the floors.
Believe it or not, 30 per cent of lost heat
escapes through your ceiling, so that should
be your first priority.
Around 14 percent of heat is lost through the
floor, too, making it a very important
consideration. That's because we have contact
with the floor and live closer to it than the
ceiling. Cold air and moisture rises up through
the floor boards, so reducing this will do no
end of good.
Insulating your hot water cylinder is also a
good energy saver. Sumaria says heating
makes up a third of your power bill, so making
sure your water cylinder has no heat escaping
is a major money-saver.
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