Smart Home Innovations We Absolutely Love

Smart homes are the way of the future and we’ll see more use of these automated features within our homes. Created to make life simpler for homeowners, intelligent homes are still seen as a luxury rather than a necessity by many. However, we’re 100% certain in that you’ll want these must see smart home features as much as we do!

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weatherproofing your home with insulation

Weatherproofing your home with insulation

Generally speaking new houses will have adequate insulation to cope with New Zealand winters. Older homes may have insulation installed ‘here and there’ if at all, and you’ll pay for this with increased power bills.

Hiring an insulation installer may be the most expensive step of weatherproofing your home for winter, but the good news is you won’t have to do it again for a very long time. (more…)

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winter weatherproofingThis week marks the official start of winter on the calendar. Looking at the temperatures around the country leaves us in no doubt that it’s well and truly time to get stuck into winter weatherproofing your for home.

The cold outside should make the warmth inside your home cozy and inviting, but is that outside chill seeping inside?

Over the next three weeks we’ll share some top tips on how you can winter weatherproof your home to cope with a kiwi winter. We’ve got a great mix of tips but don’t forget to share your own top tips in the comments section below. (more…)

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Ventilation is the process of changing or replacing air in a space in order to control temperature and remove moisture, smoke, odours, heat and dust while replenishing oxygen. A ventilation installer will work with the exchange of air inside and outside, as well as air circulating within a building.  It’s a very important factor in controlling air quality indoors. Ventilation is either natural or mechanical/forced.

ventilationVentilation installers specialise in many different areas. Ventilation installers will fit heating equipment and pipework systems, while ductwork installers install ductwork and ventilation systems.  Domestic installers can fit central heating systems and will ensure they are functioning correctly.  A service engineer will plan and carry out repairs and maintenance on all kinds of systems to make sure they’re working efficiently and safely.  A commissioning engineer makes sure systems meet their original design specification, and test and check to ensure they do what the homeowner needs them to.  A control engineer designs and install the control panels that operate and adjust heating systems.

Energy efficiency is an important and part of a heating and ventilation installers job as they are responsible for ensuring systems work efficiently to reduce fossil fuel consumption, carbon emissions and save energy. Heating and ventilation professionals also work with renewable energy heating systems like ground source heat pumps, which take the heat from underground and pump it to the surface into buildings to supply warm air.

A heating and ventilation installer will:

  • have good practical skills
  • be able to follow technical drawings, plans and instructions
  • have a logical, methodical and safe approach to work
  • be able to take accurate measurements
  • have a head for heights and happy to work in all kinds of weather
  • be comfortable working in confined spaces
  • have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • work well in a team and be able to adapt to changing situations
  • be a good problem solver with a pleasant and presentable manner

When hiring a ventilation installer ensure they are knowledgeable on ventilation, heating and air conditioning as they often all work together. They should also be able to repair, service and maintain ventilation systems.

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