Appropriate heaters include:
• Heat pump
• Wood burner
• Pellet burner
• Flued gas heater
1 July 2021: Compliance deadline
As of 1 July 2021 private rentals must meet this standard within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy. By 1 July 2024, all private rentals must comply.
• You installed your existing heating before 1 July 2019.
• The required heating capacity is more than 2.4 kW.
• The ‘top up’ you need is 1.5 kW or less.
Why 18 degrees?
This is the recommended minimum indoor temperature recommended by the World Health Organisation.
Use the online heating assessment tool
What type of heating is required?
1.5 kW minimum heating capacity. Fixed heaters only (not portable). Over 2.4 kW required? No electric heaters (except a heat pump) if heating capacity needed is over 2.4kW.
You can use additional heaters to ‘top up’ your heating to meet the new standards. However, you must meet all these conditions:
What size heater do I need?
What classes as a living room?
The Healthy Homes Standards defines a living room as the largest room used for general everyday living. This can include lounge rooms, dining rooms, sitting rooms and family rooms as well as multi-use spaces, such as open-plan kitchen/lounges.
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