Heat pumps are one of the most energy efficient forms of heating and also provide air conditioning in summer. They work by collecting heat from the air and ground and transferring it to your home using a refrigerant system that is powered by electricity.
The upfront cost is likely to be $2,300-$3,500, but you will regain this in electricity savings over time.
1. Energy efficiency
Heat pumps don’t use fossil fuels to generate heat, so they’re far more energy efficient than traditional heating systems. They also don’t produce any harmful pollutants when they operate, so they are much better for the environment than many other forms of heating.
A heat pump removes heat from the air around your home, and then uses electricity to keep it at a comfortable temperature. The best 7-star models are more than four times as efficient as standard heaters, which means you’ll use less electricity per day and save money on your power bill.
Heat pumps are also great for cooling and dehumidifying your home, which makes them perfect in New Zealand’s humid climate. These contemporary heating solutions are becoming increasingly popular in the New Zealand market, and they add value to your home. They’re also a great option for people who need to live in a temperature-controlled environment due to medical issues. They’ve been shown to improve health in many households and make living a lot more comfortable.
2. Reduced carbon footprint
Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from the air into the home but they don’t generate any heat themselves. This makes them one of the most energy efficient forms of heating and a good alternative to fossil fuel heating.
Energy Star rated models can reduce energy consumption by two-thirds. They are more efficient than most gas and electric heaters and use only one-third of the electricity (kW) to provide the same level of warmth. Grants covering up to two-thirds of the costs are available to help you make the switch.
Installers will need to pierce the building envelope, so it’s important to find an accredited installer who understands the effects of this and the weathertightness requirements of penetrations through external cladding. They are often qualified refrigeration technicians or registered electricians and more than likely have attended manufacturer courses on the correct installation of heat pump systems. They will also be experienced in working with refrigerant and have experience in completing back-to-back installations of indoor and outdoor units.
3. Reduced noise
Unless you have an old model or it has been improperly installed, heat pumps are relatively quiet. They are much quieter than air conditioners in cooling mode, and the low hum isn’t disturbing to neighbours when it’s heating. However, it’s important to install the outdoor unit far enough away from your neighbours’ houses and avoid putting it under any windows.
A heat pump’s noise levels can vary depending on how large your house is, whether you have a floor console or mounted heat pump, and what type of system you have (a standard split-system, ducted heat pump or multi-split-system). You can also choose between a heat pump that only warms or one that both heats and cools.
Regardless of what you choose, it’s best to work with a qualified installer and electrician. They’ll ensure that the system is properly sized and will be able to operate efficiently. They’ll also make sure the heat pump is installed correctly and weather tight for maximum efficiency and longevity.
4. Increased value
Heat pumps are an excellent option for those looking to cut their energy costs. They transport heat by pulling it from the air and pumping it into your home, using only electricity to do so. As a result, heat pumps are far more cost-efficient than gas heating.
While the upfront cost of a heat pump can seem high, it is expected to be offset by significant electricity savings in the long term. A well-insulated home is essential for the successful operation of a heat pump, and professional heat pump installation Auckland services will make sure your property is sealed and insulated.
In addition to heating, heat pumps provide effective air conditioning in the summer. They also dehumidify the air, creating a comfortable climate for your Auckland home or office. If you are building a new house, a heat pump can be installed as part of the build process. This allows the ducting and piping to be installed at the same time as the house is being built. This will save you time and money.