Want to create that perfectly comfortable feeling? Luxury Home Heating are your hydronic heating specialists for new or existing homes.
Whether you have polished concrete, beautiful carpets or timber flooring, we can install a high-efficiency hydronic underfloor heating system to keep you and your family warm, comfortable and healthy through the cold winter season.
We’ve all lived in houses that had freezing cold floors in winter, condensation running down the windows in the morning and mould building up in the bathroom. Surely, in the age of smartphones, jet travel and online shopping we don’t need to live like cavemen?
You deserve more in your dream home!
If you have some plans drawn up for your new building project, then get in touch with us and we’ll talk you through your options to create luxurious t-shirt weather in your home all year round.
Underfloor heating is more than a warm home; it’s complete comfort. There are no hard to heat spots; no annoying drafts and your floor won’t be too hot to walk on.Read more
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The boiler is the source of your home’s heat. It heats a continuous flow of water which transfers the heat to your underfloor heating system or radiatorsREAD MORE
If you’ve lived in the UK then you’ll be used to seeing radiators in every home. Radiators are a cost-effective and energy-efficient way of heating your home.READ MORE
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Love the idea of an environmentally friendly boiler to keep your dream home warm this winter?
If you’ve looked at the results of any heat load calculation, you’ll notice that most of the heat from your home is lost through the windows.
If you’re used to ordinary electric heaters from K-Mart, you might be confused about the idea of a dedicated heating system built into your house.
Is a heated floor really going to keep your whole house warm, or would you still need some other heaters to get you through those winter months?
At Luxury Heating and Cooling, we provide specialist central heating and air conditioning systems for premium residential property.
Just like a luxury car needs a high-quality engine, your architectural home needs well-engineered internal systems to create a comfortable environment for your family.
Our team of specialist engineers and installers can design a bespoke home comfort solution to suit your architectural design, budget and lifestyle. We can advise you on efficient capital investment, ongoing running costs and environmental impact.
Hydronic Heating Systems
Add luxury-level comfort with a custom European-style central heating system. Hydronic heating is already commonplace in Melbourne and quickly becoming popular in Sydney. Hydronic heating comes in two varieties – underfloor heating, and radiators.
If you have concrete, stone or tiled floors, underfloor heating is a must to create a perfectly comfortable environment. Most importantly, hydronic underfloor heating will heat your whole house in all weather – it’s not just ‘background’ heating.
If you’ve ever been to the UK then you’ll be familiar with radiators, the standard method of heating any room. Radiators provide silent, comfortable heating for your home and are especially suitable to retrofit into older homes.
Hydronic heating systems can run on gas or electricity. We can advise on the best solution for your home design and your budget. Hydronic heating systems provide much more comfortable, consistent and efficient heating than using a reverse-cycle air conditioner.
If you’re looking for real luxury comfort in your home during the rainy winter months, then talk to us about a hydronic heating system for your new home.
Air Conditioning Services
Keep your home cool in summer with an integrated air conditioning system. Whether it’s a split system, ducted, or a complex solution for a unique architectural design, we can help.
While almost every Australian home needs air conditioning, a custom-designed house needs special consideration to ensure that the mechanical equipment doesn’t interfere with the architectural design.
Our team of experts can design, supply and install a bespoke air conditioning system for your new home. We’ll work with your architect and builder to select the right products and installation methods to give you even, comfortable conditioned air throughout your home without any noise or hot and cold spots.
We can also provide automation systems to control your air conditioning remotely. You’ll be able to monitor how your air conditioning is running, and turn individual zones on and off from a mobile phone app, from anywhere in the world.
Home Solar Energy
Minimise the running costs and environmental footprint of your home. The biggest energy users in your house will be heating & cooling, and hot water production.
A solar energy system is a great way to generate your own renewable energy and keep your running costs down. We can design and install a solar energy solution to match the energy requirements of your heating, air conditioning and hot water systems.
Home solar is a cost-effective investment with government rebates available. In Australia you can expect a payback time of 3 to years for a solar energy system. We also provide solar battery systems for those serious about renewable energy investment.
We can also advise you on which electricity retailers offer the best solar tariffs, so you maximise your return when you sell your solar power back to the grid.
Hot Water Systems
Every family needs hot water, but not high energy bills. Instantaneous gas water heaters aren’t always the cheapest option, as they’re expensive to run. Our engineers can design a custom centralised hot water system to suit your home, to keep your bills down and ensure you never run out of hot water.
If you’re also installing solar panels, then it’s a good idea to use an electric rather than gas water heater. It’s cheaper to use the free energy from your solar panels to run the electric heater than to buy more gas.
It’s hard to compete with the ambience of a roaring fire. We can provide a range of beautiful designer gas fireplaces to complete the luxury atmosphere of your living room. Our fireplaces come in single-sided or double-side options and can be recessed into joinery or other architectural features to blend seamlessly into your decor.
We also offer bio-ethanol fireplaces. These are a great option for renovations or projects where space is at a premium as they don’t require a flue to outside. That means they can be installed in an apartment or other smaller dwelling.
All our fireplaces are remote-controlled and have a wide range of decorative inserts and fascia styles to suit the interior design of your home.
Hydronic heating is a style of central heating, common in Europe and the UK for heating homes and commercial buildings. The word “hydronic” just means that it uses water to move the heat around, as opposed to a ducted air system (such as air conditioning).
A hydronic heating system consists of two basic parts – a heat source, and radiators.
The heat source is generally a boiler or electric heat pump that heats water. The hot water is then pumped around a circuit of pipework to feed the radiators. As warm water flows through the radiators they warm up, and keep the different rooms in your house warm.
In modern homes, it’s common to heat the concrete floor slab of your house rather than hang radiators on the walls – that’s called an underfloor heating system.
The radiators are split up into different zones. Normally, each room will be one zone and will have one radiator. Very large rooms, such as a living room, might require two or more radiators.
Each zone is controlled with a thermostat. You select the temperature that you want in the room using the thermostat. When the room gets too cool, the thermostat opens the valve and allows hot water from the boiler to flow through the radiators. When the room is too warm, the controller shuts off the flow of hot water.
For an underfloor heating system, the operation is exactly the same but instead of radiators, each room has a network of pipes installed in the floor. When the thermostat wants heat, warm water flows through the pipes, heating the room.
This means each room is always kept at an appropriate temperature.
The amount of energy your home needs to stay warm depends on the construction of your house. Adding insulation, and sealing gaps to remove drafts make a big difference to the amount of energy your house needs to maintain a comfortable temperature in winter.
Since the biggest component of your household energy bill is usually heating and cooling your home, it’s important to install an energy-efficient heating system if you want to keep your bills down.
In most Australian cities, hydronic heating system will either be powered by a gas boiler or an electric heat pump. Modern gas boilers have a combustion efficiency of up to 95%, making them some of the most energy efficient gas heaters available.
Electric heat pumps are slightly cheaper to run than gas systems. However, if you install photovoltaic solar panels, the electricity you generate for free will help run the heat pump, offsetting the cost of running your heating system.
Keep in mind however that more energy efficient systems normally have higher installation costs.
Hydronic heating systems are an integral part of a house, and so they’re usually installed during construction. However, some types of hydronic heating can be retrofitted into an existing home.
Radiators are normally wall-mounted panels, and the pipework is usually installed during construction and the radiators fitted off once the walls have ben painted.
However, radiators can also be installed in an existing home. If the house has a suspended timber floor with access underneath, pipework can be run underneath the timber floor, and drilled up through the floorboards to feed each of the radiators. This is a pretty straightforward job which can be completed in a day or two.
If the house has a concrete slab floor but a cavity ceiling, it may be possible to run the pipework above the ceiling and down inside the internal walls, although this is usually trickier to do without having to cut into the walls.
The boiler to heat the water is usually mounted on an outside wall, near a garage or laundry, or some other service area. Larger boilers will need to sit on a concrete plinth rather than a wall bracket.
Lastly, you’ll need to have at least one thermostat inside your house to maintain the temperature. This can either be hard-wired, or a wireless type.
A hydronic heating system keeps your whole house warm in all weather. Each room will have a heater (either a radiator, or underfloor heating).
An underfloor heating system has a network of pipes embedded within the concrete floor slab of the house. As the warm water from the boiler runs through the pipes, it warms up the concrete. This type of system is designed to run at a low surface temperature, with the floor surface around 25°C.
Because the floor is a large area however, this will be enough heat to maintain a comfortable temperature in each room during the coldest weather.
The hydronic heating system is a sealed loop, so the water flowing through the heaters then returns to the boiler to be warmed up again.
Installation costs for a hydronic heating system will depend on what type of system you want, and how large your home is.
Another common choice is an electric heat pump, but these are usually much more expensive, especially for larger units. The smallest units available cost around $5k – $6k installed, but these are only suitable for areas up to about 50m2. For a 200m2 house, a suitably sized heat pump would more likely cost in the region of $15k – $20k installed, including the additional plant necessary.
Like all mechanical systems, a hydronic heating system will perform best if it’s serviced regularly.
When a system is first installed, it should be ready to go without additional maintenance for 12 months. Before the next winter, it’s a good idea to have the system serviced to ensure that no issues have arisen, and that everything is still working as it should.
After the initial 12 month service, we recommend servicing again after 3 years, and again after 5 years. Systems older than 5 years should be serviced annually before each winter.
Common problems that can arise include:
Air in the system – When a heating system is first filled with water, the water will contain a certain amount of dissolved air. Over time this collects in the high points of the system and forms an air bubble. This can interfere with the efficient flow of water around the system, and it needs to be released.
Leaking fittings – Any joins in the pipe can form leaks over time, and these need to be tightened up and properly sealed. Hot water leaking out of the system will add to your running costs and potentially cause water damage to your home.
Inhibitor decay – The water within the heating system is dosed with a corrosion inhibitor solution which stops steel parts of the system (such as radiators) from rusting inside. Over time, the inhibitor breaks down and needs to be replaced. Every 5-7 years all the water should be drained out of the system and replaced with fresh inhibitor solution.
Hydronic systems have a number of advantages over ducted air heating systems.
As a result, hydronic systems take up much less space in your house.
No noise – Any type of ducted air system includes fans which will create some noise or drafts as the air moves around. Hydronic systems are silent – the pumps are almost impossible to hear, and the water flows through the pipes slowly and doesn’t make any noise. There are also no drafts because no air is being pushed around.
Cleaner and healthier – A ducted system stirs up dust as it moves air around. Any air drawn into the ducts will bring dust with it, which ultimately gets deposited within the ducts. This can cause bacteria and other pathogens to form inside the ducts if they aren’t cleaned out regularly.
Hydronic systems are easier to keep clean because they don’t move air, so they don’t collect dust or dirt. An underfloor heating system has no exposed parts, and radiators can just be cleaned with a cloth like any other surface.
Hydronic heating systems make no noise when they operate. Inside the house, an underfloor heating system has no exposed parts, being completely concealed within the floor. Hydronic radiators have no moving parts, so they’re completely silent.
An electric heat pump will make some noise, as it includes a fan (just like an air conditioning outdoor unit.) To ensure that the noise from the fan doesn’t inconvenience you, we would position the heat pump away from any bedrooms, close to a garage or laundry.
Hydronic heating is designed to be left running during winter. The system is designed to maintain a constant, comfortable temperature rather than respond to rapid temperature swings, which makes it suitable for most homes.
For instance, you can have the radiators turn off at 9am if you’ve usually left home by that time. Then they can switch on again automatically at 5pm, so the house is warm when you arrive home at 6pm.
As a general rule, with a radiator system you should start to feel the heating effects within 15-30 minutes and the whole house should reach the desired temperature well within 60 minutes.
An underfloor heating system takes much longer to respond, because it needs to heat up your entire concrete floor slab. Underfloor heating is designed to maintain a stable temperature within your home, and it uses the thermal storage properties of the concrete mass.
An underfloor heating system will take a few hours to start heating a room, if it’s switched on from cold. However, we normally advise that it will take 24 hours to get up to operating temperature. It’s really intended to be turned on and left to run all winter with the thermostat to control it, rather than turned on and off as needed.
Fireplaces and electric heaters have high surface temperatures which create burn risks, especially for young children.
Radiators run at a higher temperature. They will be noticeably warm to the touch, but generally not so hot that they will cause burns. If you’re concerned about the surface temperature of your radiators, the boiler temperature can be turned down slightly lower.
There are also special ‘low surface temperature’ radiators available (generally for medical or aged-care situations) which have a false panel on the front to keep the surface temperature lower.
A hydronic heating system, like all mechanical systems, will need to be serviced and maintained. However, over time some components will need to be replaced.
A hydronic heating system can be treated much the same way. If it’s serviced regularly then it will keep performing well for longer, but after 20 years the mechanical components are probably due for replacement.
Boilers, pumps and valves are examples of mechanical components that will need regular servicing as they have moving parts.
Radiators contain no moving parts, but the steel bodies can start to corrode inside. This reduces their heat output, and over long periods of time can lead to water leaks. If they’re well maintained, most radiators will probably last 20-30 years.
Underfloor heating is almost bulletproof unless the pipes are damaged somehow. The plastic pipework doesn’t corrode, and is embedded within a concrete slab which protects it from damage. The metal components (manifolds or pipe fittings) may need to be replaced over time, although plastic versions of many of these components are now available. The boiler, valves, and pumps will still need to be serviced but the actual in-slab pipework will probably last the lifetime of the house.