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Single Heat Pumps for Your Home

Christchurch tends to suffer from weather extremes. We have sweltering summer days, with the beating sun being stoked by a blasting Nor’wester, when you almost choke in the waves of heat. We also have freezing winter days, where you wake up to a world covered in ice. And then there are those white wilderness snow-covered days that seem to happen nearly every year, with the Sou’west bitterness sweeping up from the Antarctic.

Single Room Heat pumpsIn the old days you probably had a fire. Since the earthquakes, chimneys have become an endangered species in Christchurch. New air pollution rules have made it very difficult to replace your damaged fireplace. Even if you still have a functioning enclosed fire in your home, you will know how messy and labour-intensive they can be. You have to source wood and kindling, and chop it to size. You need to have a cheap source of fuel, otherwise they can be expensive to operate. The new pellet fires can be even more expensive to operate, and the bags of pellets too heavy for some householders.

Traditional electric heaters and gas heaters are even more expensive to operate and are often quite inefficient to use.

Of course, none of these are of any use to you on a baking hot summer’s day. They can do nothing to cool you down when you are hot.

Heat Pumps are Ideal for Christchurch Conditions

Do you have a particular room you want to heat … or cool? It could be anything from a small bedroom to a large open-planned area of your home.

A heat pump is perfect for Christchurch conditions. It will help you remain cosy in winter and comfortably cool in summer. Your heat pump will be “reverse cycle”, which means that you can have ultimate comfort all year long. You can regulate your temperature and ventilation, and even your humidity levels.

Work With a Specialist

Many stores sell heat pumps, along with their televisions, phones, and cheap foot massagers. They nearly always market their products on price, trying to undercut each other for the cheapest unit.

The problem is that unlike those other products you can not simply take a heat pump home, plug it in, turn it on, and expect it to operate perfectly.

You need to ensure that you have picked the best heat pump for your personal conditions. Too many people buy cheap heat pumps and then are surprised when they do not perform as well as they should.

You can be assured that if you contact Piersons we will recommend to you the best heat pump to meet your personal needs. We are heat pump and air conditioning specialists and know how to provide the system that will best meet your needs.

Things to Consider When Choosing A Heat Pump for Christchurch

How big a room are you using this heat pump for?

There are a wide range of heat pumps for you to choose from. Pierson’s offer heat pumps from Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Daikin and Carrier.

You will notice that each make of heat pump offers a variety of models, that differ depending on the amount of heating (and cooling) power you need. The model you choose needs to be appropriate for the area you are heating (or cooling).

The bigger the area you are heating / cooling, the more powerful the heat pump you need. You will be disappointed if you skimp and purchase a heat pump that lacks the power for your area.

And, of course, if you are using a correctly-rated heat pump for your area you will find that you save money in the long run because it operates efficiently.

Do you want a High Wall or Floor Console model?

Although all heat pumps have a condensing unit outside your house, out of sight out of mind, there is, of course, an indoor control unit that sits on the wall in your house. If you opt for a traditional heat pump (rather than a more expensive and extensive ducted system) you will have a decision to make. Should you opt for a model which sits high on your wall, or should you go for a floor console model?

There are pros and cons for each type.

If you really want an unobtrusive out-of-the-way heat pump opt for the high wall model. These are the most common heat pumps in New Zealand. If you have small children or elderly family members you can rest assured that there are no hot surfaces for anyone to accidentally fall against. The high wall systems can be installed virtually anywhere.

You will need to consider, however, that high wall units can cause discolouration to nearby walls and ceiling, and the high location can make filter cleaning difficult.

You may choose to opt for a Floor Console heat pump. These provide more heat at floor level, and allow better temperature control. Some models can be semi-recessed into the wall or even placed in an unused fireplace (have you thought about how you are going to use that space where your fire once was?)

Obviously they must be positioned so furniture does not obstruct the airflow. Filter cleaning is more accessable than on high wall models. The floor mounted units are often the more effective type in older, poorly insulated, high ceiling houses, as heat rises and the floor mounted units obviously send their heat out at floor level across the room.