Is Ducted Heating “Central Heating”?

Ducted heating systems are a common form home heating system that utilize a heat pump and ducting to transfer the heat to various rooms within the home. Ducted heating systems provide many benefits.


The benefits of ducted systems include:

  • Ducted systems are easily integrated with a ventilation system
  • Provide high performance and excellent cooling ability
  • Near silent operation
  • Provides even temperature throughout the entire home, eliminating cold and hot spots.
  • Adds value and luxuriousness to your home

But, is a ducted heating system considered a central heating system? In New Zealand, ducted heating systems are, in fact, considered central heating systems. However, in other parts of the world, such as Europe, central heating is more used to refer to radiant heating systems. So what’s the difference?

The graph above shows the difference of air flow between radiant and ducted heating systems. The heat pump graph on the left will relate to the ducted system.

Radiant heating systems work by supplying heat directly to the panel in the wall, floor or ceiling in the house, most commonly a radiator. They depend on the principle of radiant heat transfer, delivering heat from a hot surface to the object and people within the room through the means of infrared radiation.

The benefits of radiant heating systems include:

  • Can be more efficient than ducted systems due to no heat loss in the ducts
  • People with allergies can use radiant heating
  • Radiant heating uses less electricity, especially useful for off grid homes.
  • A wide range of sources can be used to create heat including oil fires, wood fires, solar and more.

Which time of system is best for your home? Give us a call today to discuss on 0508 446 892.