Don’t Waste All That Glorious Heat

Need someone to supply and install a heat pump in Auckland or Wellington? We’re the experts in that field and will happily do it for you. Our heat pumps are incredible pieces of technology, and there’s no doubt they’re the most efficient way to heat your home. The Energy Star rating organisation states that even the lowest energy efficient pumps are 250% efficient: that means they pump out $2.50 of heat for every $1.00 of electricity you use. Moving up the scale, premium heat pumps on the domestic market are even better performers. They’re up to 500% efficient: that’s $5.00 of heat for every $1.00 spent on electricity.

Compare this to a wood burner that can be, at best, up to 80% efficient but that figure is often lower when poor quality firewood is used. Meanwhile, an open-flame gas fireplace is capable of delivering just 30%. So when you ask us to supply and install a heat pump for you, you can expect maximum heat output for minimal financial outlay.

As good as they are, our heat pumps are even better performers when they are installed in well-insulated homes. Studies show that an uninsulated home can use up to 30% more energy to heat than one with good levels of insulation. So, regardless of how efficient and powerful your new heat pump is, much of that heat will be lost if your home lacks proper insulation.

When we refer to insulation, we’re not just talking about traditional insulation in the ceiling and under the floor. You can also enhance home insulation right throughout the house so heat isn’t lost in other areas. A good example is drapes and floor coverings that can make things even cosier while improving your heat pump’s efficiency even further. When you look at the main areas where heat is lost in a home, you’ll see why insulation should be more than just a ceiling and under-floor affair:

  • 30 to 35% of heat is lost through the roof
  • 20 to 30% of heat is lost through the windows
  • 18 to 25% of heat is lost through the walls
  • 12 to 14% of heat is lost through the floor
  • 6 to 9% of heat is lost through draughts and doors

These statistics show that heat can be lost right through the home. While conventional ceiling and floor insulation will do a great job in trapping the heat our devices pump out, other things like decent drapes, rugs, and draught stoppers will make things even better. After all, it would be a real shame, and a waste of money, to lose all that glorious heat.

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