Heat pumps are one of the most popular means of heating homes in New Zealand.
Naturally, there is huge range from which to choose, with many manufacturers offering a number of different configurations, including wall, ceiling and floor mounted, and ducted systems.
So which is best for you?
There are a number of considerations when installing a heat pump, which we outline in our articles A Beginners Guide To Heat Pumps In New Zealand and Energy Star Ratings. Having first reviewed your installation options, what brands should you consider?
EES are a leading installer and select the best, most efficient heat pumps on offer. Having installed and maintained thousands of units, here are their top brand recommendations best suited to New Zealand conditions.
A popular heat pump brand is Panasonic. EES are the number one installer of Panasonic heat pumps in Auckland. They have a range of energy efficient and WiFi compatible heat pump products including wall mounted and ducted systems for residential and commercial properties.
“Created to help Kiwis identify brands that perform strongly across an entire product category, Top Brand is measured on three variables including customer satisfaction, reliability, and testing to ensure that products measure up”.
Panasonic was also recently voted the Most Trusted New Zealand Heat Pump brand for 2016 by Reader's Digest.
Panasonic’s range of heat pumps can be found here. One feature of the Panasonic range is the ECONAVI Intelligent Sensors, which detect energy waste using the Human Activity Sensor and Sunlight Sensor. The sensors monitor human location, movements, absence and sunlight intensity. They then automatically adjust power to save energy.
Panasonic heat pumps are ENERGY STAR rated. Tests have shown that choosing an ENERGY STAR certified heat pump could save you $150 on your annual power bill over a less efficient model.
Toshiba is another leading supplier installed and sold by EES. Toshiba have a 40-year history designing and developing heat pumps. They have products suitable for residential, light commercial and commercial use.
Toshiba’s single split systems can be found here, and their multi-split systems, here. A single split (or single room) system features one indoor unit combined with one outdoor unit. A multi-split (or multi room) system features multiple indoor units typically operated from the one outdoor unit.
Toshiba Heat Pumps were awarded ‘Most Satisfied Customers 2015’ by Canstar Blue and Consumer has endorsed a recommendation for Toshiba’s Daisekai G2KVP10 and G2KVP13 in their categories of Small Heat Pumps (less than 4kW) and Medium Heat Pumps (4-6kW) respectively.
Mitsubishi is another popular brand in New Zealand. You can find their heat pump range, including high wall mount, ceiling, floor and ducted systems here
Misubishi have recently introduced WiFi controlled heat pumps, meaning you can control your home heating from your mobile phone or desktop. If you’re on the way home, running late, or coming home early you can switch your heating on before you arrive.
“Because Wi-Fi Control reflects real time room temperature any time, the unique rule setting functionality allows you to customise a minimum and maximum temperature range. So it maintains the perfect temperature, for total comfort all night long.
This makes Wi-Fi Control ideal for families with children. You no longer need to physically walk down to each individual bedroom to check the temperature and turn a heat pump on or off using the hand held remotes, potentially interrupting the sleep of children. Simply apply a min/max temperature rule and let Wi-Fi Control do the rest”
Mitsubishi Electric won the 2015 Heat Pump Category as voted by New Zealand consumers at the Reader's Digest Awards. They also won Canstar Blue’s Innovation Excellence Award 2014 for their Wi-Fi heat pump control.
Daikin’s Split System heat pumps and air purifiers are approved by the Asthma Foundation NZ Sensitive Choice® program and carries the blue butterfly symbol. If you have asthma and allergy sufferers, then heat pumps approved by the Asthma Foundation might be a good choice.
Daikin heat pumps are designed for quiet operation and have models that include a 'Night Quiet' mode, helping both you and your neighbours sleep more comfortably.
Carrier Heat Pumps
Perhaps less well known in New Zealand, Carrier are a US brand who invented the air conditioner in 1902. AHI-Carrier New Zealand offers a range of heating and cooling units including the Carrier "ASPIRE" range of wall mounted systems.
Reviews And Advice
There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a heat pump, and making the right choice depends on your specific requirements.
This is why it pays to talk to an experienced installer who isn’t beholden to one manufacturer. Energy Efficient Solutions (EES) have years of experience with the various brands and can help you choose the product best suited to your needs. EES has a head office in Auckland and branches in Hamilton, Tauranga and Wellington. You can book a free consultation today.
You can find comparative heat pump reviews and data for the New Zealand market via the following sources:
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