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Using heat pumps wisely - 27th Apr 2018

Wall mounted heat pump

It's that time of year when people start to think about heating their homes and one of the most common types of heating is the heat pump. A majority of people use their heat pump inefficiently and aren't aware of the filter cleaning process. Below is a guide to efficient heat pump use:

  • Only heat when you need it - don't leave your heat pump on all day if you're not there.  Use the timer to turn on the heat pump shortly before you get home and turn it off when you don’t need it.
  • Only heat the space you're actually using - shut doors and curtains to keep the heat in.
  • Set the thermostat to a healthy temperature - aim for 18ºC to 20ºC. High thermostat settings cause high electricity use. Inadequate heating can lead to mould growth and dampness.
  • Avoid using the 'Auto' mode - use the 'Heating' mode. In 'Auto' mode, the heat pump tries to maintain the set temperature by constantly changing between heating and cooling, as the room temperature fluctuates. This can waste a lot of energy.
  • Clean the filter regularly - inside the indoor unit, as per the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Avoid using it as an air conditioner when you can - try opening windows and doors on either side of the house to create a through-breeze. Close curtains on hot, sunny days to keep your home cool and shady.

Here you'll find a tutorial video on how to clean your heat pump.

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