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The cold weather is well on its way in NZ, so now is the perfect time to make sure that your Heat Pump is running safely and efficiently for another kiwi winter. Heat pumps are one of the most innovative heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems available in New Zealand – If you know how to use them correctly!

Here are some Do’s and Don’t to make sure you’re getting the most out of your Heat Pump this winter:

DO – Make sure the Filter is clean. Air passes through a mesh filter inside the heat pump. If blocked with dust and dirt, your heat pump’s heating function will have to work much harder, and this will reflect in your power consumption. You can clean your filters every few months by removing them and vacuuming away the dust. It’s also important that you keep the area around your outside unit clear of weeds and leaves. We also recommend you have your Heat Pump serviced by a professional once every 1-2 years depending on usage.

DO – Get to know the different modes. No two Heat Pump systems are the same, so it’s important that you get to know the various modes available on your Heat Pump. Generally, you should avoid Auto mode and use the Heating mode instead during winter. In Auto Mode, your heat pump works hard to stay at a set temperature, which means that it constantly switches between heating and cooling as the room temperature changes. This can waste a lot of energy and increase your power bills unnecessarily.

DO – Make sure you’re keeping the heat in! There’s little point running a Heat Pump if you aren’t creating the right environment. Close curtains to keep the heat in and close doors to rooms that don’t require heating. Home insulation is also important - The better insulated your home, the better it will hold the heat and the more energy efficient your heat pump will be.

DON’T – Run your Heat Pump all day. Running a Heat Pump at full capacity 24/7, will both wear it out prematurely, and see a hike in your power bill. Instead, use a heat pump timer – Most modern Heat Pump systems come with a timer built in (some even allow you to set timers for the whole week in advance). Set it to turn on before you get up in the morning and then again, just before you get home in the evening. This way your heat pump will be more cost-effective and keep your home warm and cosy when you need it to be!

DON’T – Set your Heat Pump to Max. Temperature. The best way to use a heat pump is to keep the heat setting as low as possible (we recommend around 18 -20 degrees in winter). Don't set your heat pump to the maximum – it won't heat the room any quicker, but it will use more energy. Instead, use a timer to have it come on before you need it.

If you’re looking to get your Heat Pump in tip-top shape for this winter, or you’re interested in having a Heat Pump installed in your home, call the team at Blackout Electric on 022 500 5856 or email us at info@blackoutelectric.co.nz

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Auckland Sky City Electrician
Seb and Branden have been fantastic - have answered heaps of questions, very accessible and some great ideas. Provides solutions and innovative ideas and goes the extra mile. Quality service and reasonable costing with active communication. Highly recommend

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