Beating heat pump myths
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.