The generally mild weather is one of the benefits of living in NZ, but as long-time residents know, temperatures can dip past “”chilly”” into the “”cold”” range. Even today, a large number of people attempt to keep warm with fireplaces or inefficient heaters but are miserable when the home becomes too cold. The installation of heat pumps in Auckland is becoming a very popular solution for those who want to be comfortable in their homes regardless of the outside temperature.
Heat Pumps Save Money
Some believe heat pumps are expensive to operate, but that is not true. In fact, heat pumps in NZ return $2 to $4 worth of heat for every dollar of electricity. The savings cannot be exactly calculated since there are a lot of factors that must be considered.
A home that isn’t insulated will not enjoy the same heating/cooling efficiency as an insulated home since insulation prevents heat from bleeding into the outdoors. Heat pumps must also be installed properly and be the correct size for the building.
How Heat Pumps Work
Heat pumps have been used in one form or another for many years. A refrigerator is a one-way heat pump, removing heat from the air in the interior of the refrigerator and moving the heat to the coils on the outside of the refrigerator. Heat pumps don’t create heat like an electric heater does, but extract heat from the air. It may sound strange, but even when the temperature outside is freezing, the air still holds heat.
Heat pumps cool air just as easily as they provide warm air by reversing operation, collecting heat and humidity from inside the home, and moving it outside. They provide an ideal and efficient method for both heating and cooling in Auckland’s climate.
A Constant Temperature
Furnaces turn off and on, causing the home to warm and cool and then warm again. Heat pumps deliver a lower supply of warmed or cool air over a longer time period. This gives the impression the heat pump is running all of the time, keeping the home at a constant temperature. If the weather is much colder than normal, auxiliary heat will energize automatically and provide additional warmth.
Ducted Heat Pumps
Modern ducted heat pumps are very popular and installed in the roof cavity. Ducts are used to connect and heat or cool multiple rooms. Nothing is visible except small grilles.
Heat Pumps are Reliable
Since heat pumps make use of the same principles as a refrigerator, they are just as reliable as a refrigerator. A study of a large number of installed heat pumps found that more than 50% were still running after 20 years. Less than half of the heat pumps that had been replaced were removed because of mechanical failures. The majority had been replaced with a newer, more efficient or larger ventilation systems in Auckland.
Heat Pump Tips
Keep the thermostat set at a constant temperature for the most efficient operation.
Check air filters once a month and replace or clean if necessary.
Prune shrubs back at least 18″” from a heat pump.
Protect your investment by having your heat pump inspected once a year by a trained technician.
Varcoe Refrigeration is Aukland’s heat pump specialist. Since 1975, Varcoe Refrigeration has been providing quality installations of heat pumps in NZ, the best products, and skilled servicing by well-trained technicians. The company’s focus has been on satisfying their customers for more than 40 years. This dedication to superior customer service, honesty, and professional installations and maintenance has earned Varcoe an excellent reputation in both the community and the industry. Between them, Varcoe’s owner-operators Paul Varcoe and Tim Fawdray have more than 54 years of combined experience in the industry.
If your family shivers when it’s cold or is too hot in the summer, a heat pump could be the perfect solution for all-year comfort. Varcoe Refrigeration will advise you on the most cost-effective system for your home and design and install it for maximum efficiency. Visit the website at www.varcoe.co.nz to learn more about the range of heat pumps available.