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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: Can we have only 1 or 2 vents.  Because the heater warms most of the house. We only need it in a few bedrooms.

A/: our system has a minimum air movement capacity for both the safety of the fan and the Turboheat unit itself. The minimum requirement is 4 x 250mm outlets or 5-6 x 200mm outlets. 

250mm outlets are not recommended in room sizes less then 4m x 4m due to the volume and volicity of the air flow. 

Also because our system draws in air at the flue point on top of the heater, so we do take a portion of the warm air away from the room and area the wood heater is in, so the wood heater will now not heat or reach the same areas as it did before because Turboheat is now heating those areas.  The heat pumped out and around the house is now all drawn back to the wood heater and reheated then redistributed around the house again and again. 

The more dispersion of the heat via duct outlets the better and more comfortable the heating of your house.

Q2: Can we just attach it to our existing flue?

A/: No our system isn’t just an attachment to the flue nor is it just a normal flue system.  The Active flue does the same function in venting the smoke to outside safely but the active portion of flue in the Turboheat system is thicker walled Stainless steel and if joined it is joined with specially designed clamps to secure no smoke can enter into the heat exchange part of the system.

The heat exchange part of the system starts on top of the wood heater and encases the active glue pipe. It’s Diameter is larger the normal and is specially designed for functionality and durability and safety. Like an oven or heat exchange systems it is made twin walled with a high temperature and thermal insulation material between the twin walled exchanger it’s is the same shape as a flue but made out of high quality 316/304 Grade stainless steel inside and outside.

The Heat exchanger extends the length of the flue and penetrates the ceiling, once it penetrates the ceiling the is a specially designed T section for our heat control unit to attach which diagnoses constantly the heat and air temperatures for operation and keeping the heat and air at specific temperatures for heating function and standard flue emission function. It also communicates to the innovative fan system for operation.

The Innovative fan system is electronically modulated and controlled for precise function.  We use the latest in technology for fan designs.  Our fan is state of the art in power consumption verse capacity and is over 90% power efficient, compared to standard fans comparisons of 60-70% Power efficient. With a huge 800lt/sec of air movement capacity at only 315 watt power consumption it stands above its competitors by a long way.  We have designed this fan in mind of those who are power self sufficient with solar or wind technologies also power consumption conscious for financial or carbon footprint reasons.

Q3: Can we use our EvaporatedA/C Ducting?

A/: Not at this stage as the scheduling size of ducting is far to large for our system. Also Evaporative systems are not as well sealed or reliant on sealing the air flows as we need to be.  However we do use industry techniques in designing our Duct scheduling as Gas or refrigeration systems so we can utilise the same ducting please contact us for more information in how that is done.

Q4: What does the Turboheat unit consist of?

A/: All flue components from Top of the heater to roof penetration and finished off with cowl. Turboheat Heat exchange unit which incorporates the flue components. This is 3mtrs in length which is not a fixed length.  It can be customer per job, Also an extra 1.8mtrs of standard triple skin flues, Roof penetration seal and anti-backdraft cowl. Giving a total of 4.8mtrs approx of Combined Flue length. The Heat control unit and Fan unit. Makes up The standard Turboheat kit. Ducting and extra lengths are priced seperatly.

Q5: how much space do we need up in the roof?

A/: A Minimum of 600 mm is required if it is less please ask a Turboheat representative for advise.

Q6: how much power does it use?

A/: max power consumption is 315watts @ 100% fan speed. 2 AMP max draw.  Most jobs only have 60-80% fan speed requirements.

Q 7: can Turboheat be installed on any wood heater?

A/: Freestanding Wood heaters are our preferred and most effective option especially 6” flue units.  We also have a recommended list of preferred Wood heaters that have been tested on safety, performance and efficiency win our Turboheat testing Fascility.  Brick chimneys are a definite No due to many reasons. Safety and operational reasons are the main concerns.  Also zeros clearance options are limited to just a few wood heaters that comply with Turboheat’s strict safety guidelines and recommendations.

Q8: Can we install Turboheat ourselves? 

A/: No the Turboheat unit must be installed by a qualified plumber or tradesman and or a licenced installer by Our Turboheat team.

Q 9: Can it go in brick chimney

A/: No.

Q10: Can the ducting be zoned? and how is the temperature controlled in the rooms?

A/: Yes it can be Zoned using industry standard zoning systems from

HVAC suppliers or Turboheat. You can control the zoning by temperature sensing in independent rooms.  These zoning system can be obtained through HVAC suppliers or Turboheat.

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