Are your power bills making you hot under the collar? As the temperature gets lower, and many power bills get higher, you might find yourself asking: what is the most efficient way to use my heat pump?
The good news is that heat pumps are one of the most innovative heating, ventilation and air conditioning units you’ll come across. They’re a cost-effective alternative to traditional electric heating options, too.
But, to get the most out of your heat pump, you’ll need to pick an efficient model and use it properly. To prevent power wastage and potentially save some cash this winter, you’ll need to:
We have come up with our top five heat pump hacks. Keep reading to learn how you can get the most out of your heat pump this winter.
Your heat pump circulates air - that air passes through a fine mesh filter inside the heat pump. It’s no surprise then, that your heat pump works best when this dust filter is clean. Dirty filters restrict airflow. So, if your filter is clogged with gunk, the heating function of your heat pump will have to work a whole lot harder.
If you use your system year-round to heat and cool, we’d recommend that you get it serviced every year by a heat pump technician. Alternatively, if you just cool in summer or heat in winter, a service every two years should suffice.
In between services, you should clean your heat pump filters by vacuuming away the dust every three months. Also, be sure to maintain the area around your outdoor unit - remove any leaves or weeds growing nearby.
No matter what your neighbour, best mate, or colleague tells you - leaving your heat pump on 24/7 at a low temperature to save money is a myth.
Even if your heat pump is pretty advanced, it’s bound to underperform and prematurely fail in the long run if you have it cranking full bore day and night. Your heat pump unit works pretty hard, so give it a break every now and then!
Instead, make the most of your heat pump’s timer. In winter, set your heat pump to turn on before you get up in the morning, so your kitchen is toasty and warm come breakfast time. Then, set it to come on just before you get home in the evening. Nothing beats unwinding in a cosy lounge after a hard day’s work!
Aligning your heat pump timings with your regular routine is a more economical way of using your heat pump, especially if no one is home during the day. It all comes down to good timing!
When it comes to heat pumps, one size does not fit all. Take some time to understand the different modes of your heat pump, to figure out what will work best for your home and family.
In general, you’ll want to avoid the Auto mode, and instead, opt for the Heating mode. In Auto mode, the heat pump tries to stay at a set temperature and switches between heating and cooling as the room temperature changes, to maintain equilibrium. These changes can result in a lot of energy waste, making Auto mode an inefficient way to use your heat pump.
Depending on the model of your heat pump, you can also make the most of a ‘dry mode’ to help dehumidify a damp room. Dry air is easier to heat, so consider this mode if the moisture content of your indoor air is high, particularly if you’re drying washing inside or cooking.
If you’re installing a heat pump in your home for the first time, there are two important things you should consider:
For maximum energy efficiency, you should weigh up the size of your potential heat pump versus the size of the space you’re wanting to heat.
If your heat pump is too small, it will need to work harder to heat a room to your desired temperature. The strain of heating a space too large will mean your new heat pump will have a shorter shelf life, too. Not to mention, it will cost you more to run. If it’s too large, your heat pump will be less efficient as you'll have to keep switching the unit off to stop it from overheating.
Heat pumps can be installed in most rooms. But, bear in mind, the location of your heat pump can make a big difference in terms of both effectiveness and aesthetics. Think about how people use the space you want to heat. It’s best not to put them close to any area where people are sitting, such as directly facing a couch. It’s not easy to unwind on the couch if you’ve got a direct airflow blowing in your face! High wall heat pumps are usually chosen for this reason.
Floor units are a sound option when wall space is at a premium or not available, such as a bedroom that may have artwork or shelves covering the walls.
Consider your desired airflow throughout your home, too. If the heat pump is installed facing a hallway, or doors to other rooms, you may benefit from heat flowing into those rooms. You could also opt for a ducted heat pump which hides the main system in your roof cavity and pumps warm air into various rooms through a series of ducts hidden discreetly in your ceiling.
This all might seem a bit technical - but there’s no need to get overwhelmed. Your heat pump provider can talk you through the options best suited to your home.
While many heat pumps have the capacity to heat multiple rooms at once, this might not always be necessary. Plus, it can take longer to heat your home this way.
Consider sectioning off your home, and focus on the key ‘hot spots’ you want to keep cosy during certain times of the day.
In the morning, this might be the kitchen and the bedroom. After all, it’s easier to get out of bed in winter when your room isn’t icy cold!
In the evenings, you might want to shut off the bedrooms and dial up the heat in the family room. Set up your heat pump timer to come on in the bedrooms 45 minutes before bed.
When you go to bed at night, turn off the heat pump in the living room and any other rooms that aren’t being used, and help keep the heat in by closing curtains and doors.
It can be confusing to work out which heat pump is the best for you and your family. Fortunately, EES is the heat pump expert, covering the Auckland and Waikato regions.
After one consultation you’ll get a tailored solution that’s best suited to your home and personal preferences. We will then install your heat pump, and be available to service it upon request.
Why not book a home consultation with one of our experts today? We’ll help you work out the most suitable heat pump solution so you can get the most energy-efficient and economical heat pump for your needs.
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