Beat­ing heat pump myths

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

THE En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity wants peo­ple to be aware of com­monly-held heat pump myths.

The au­thor­ity has been deal­ing with calls from peo­ple want­ing to know if run­ning their heat pumps all the time will re­duce their run­ning costs.

‘‘Most New Zealand homes heat up and cool down quickly so there’s no ben­e­fit in leav­ing your heat pump run­ning all the time if you’re not home. You’re sim­ply pay­ing to heat an empty house,’’ se­nior tech­ni­cal ad­viser Andrew Smith said.

‘‘By us­ing your heat pump prop­erly with the timer and ther­mo­stat, and en­sur­ing your house can re­tain the heat with good in­su­la­tion and cur­tains, you can get a health­ier, more com­fort­able home that costs a lot less to keep warm.’’

How to get the most out of your heat pump this win­ter:

Learn to use the re­mote. You can ad­just the tem­per­a­ture and set a timer so the heat pump turns on and off au­to­mat­i­cally. Don’t use it when you don’t need it. Turn­ing up the ther­mo­stat won’t heat the room faster. Set­ting the ther­mo­stat higher needed can make your heat pump less efficient.

Visit EECA’s En­er­gy­wise web­site www.en­er­gy­wise.govt.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

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