Shorter, colder days and snow on the hills. Preparing for the chilly winter ahead takes on a bit of urgency now daylight saving has started. Are you prepared for a Central Otago winter? Along with ensuring your house is insulated, ensuring you have an efficient source of heat is a crucial part of having a comfortable, healthy home or business over the next few months. The development of heat pump technology over the past few years now means that partnered with good insulation they are considered by New Zealand’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority as the most cost effective way to keep your house warm and a great choice for your home. Here’s why:
- Running costs: The EECA estimates modern heat pumps produce three units of heat for each unit of electricity compared to the one-to-one ratio of standard electric heaters.
- Convenience: No stacking firewood, chopping kindling or dust. A thermostat and timer means you get heat when you want it. Time it to switch on just after school gets out or first thing in the morning.
- Ease of Installation: For renovations or even building a new house, radiators and underfloor heating can require extensive plumbing and modifications to the infrastructure. Gas fires and woodburners also require council approval. Heat pump units are stand-alone and can be easily mounted on walls or ceilings by a heat pump specialist. If you choose one of the ducted systems and have loft space, installation is still relatively straightforward.
- Health: Modern heat pumps have filtration systems to reduce dust and air particles which can help alleviate asthma and allergies. More advanced models also have odour control filters.
- Unobstrusive: With sound levels matching ambient room noise and “quiet” mode for many models, wall and ceiling mounted heat pumps are barely noticeable. Add to that zero emissions and using a sustainable energy source to power them and they are an ideal choice for home heating.