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Cassia on a glacier, with more winter assumptions

June 04, 2017

Cassia on a glacier, with more winter assumptions

Thanks for joining the winter mythbusting party, which this week comes live from a glacier! It's pretty cold, which you and your home won't be anymore if you let us help.


With this little series we are taking you through some common misbeliefs about winter, and through to the other  side which is cheaper, warmer and better for you and the environment.

Don't miss part 1 from last week, with corkers such as "Insulating is an expensive upfront cost I can't afford" and "I need thick, thermal lined curtains"

  • Heat pumps are expensive to run
Not if you follow these top tips: Use heat mode (not auto mode). The heat mode setting will raise and maintain room temperature to the capped level. In contrast, the auto mode will heat continuously and then when the room is too hot it will flip to air con mode to cool the environment. In other words, you pay to heat and cool, heat and cool, heat and cool. Clean your filters regularly, so your heat pump is free from dust and able to heat efficiently. Set it to a 20-22 degrees cap. Any higher is unnecessary and costs more to run. If this doesn’t feel warm enough or your energy bills are suspiciously high then your ceiling and underfloor insulation may not be to standard. Switch off your heat pump when you go out, unless you want to keep the cats warm. If you’re out for more than 30 minutes and leave the heat pump running, you’re paying money for nothing.
  • It’s winter - if we open the windows then we will freeze!
Nobody freezes in 15 minutes in the Wellington region, and that’s all you need for daily home ventilation. The process of opening the windows allows moisture-laden air to escape and be replaced with dry, fresh air. This is essential for a healthy home and to prevent damp issues, plus dry air is much easier and cheaper to heat. Some people think that leaving the window open a crack all day does the job. Nope, you can burst that bubble. All this does is leak heat out of the home. Windows need to be open wide to create an air flow that’s strong enough to draw damp air out and dry air in. So open wide for 15 mins a day, twice a day, every day! But not when the heating is on….make sure to shut your heating off first, then switch it back on when you’ve ventilated.
  • Central heating is for the mega-rich
Comfortable living is now easy, affordable and popular. Ducted heat pump systems extract, heat and transfer warm air around the entire home with low-cost tech that is far more energy efficient than traditional hot water or gas central heating systems. Book your free heating assessment today, or browse our EcoShop for our most popular models, starting at just $8,000. We hope these tips help you know the what, how and why of warm homes in winter. If we've whet your appetite then get yourselves booked onto the next Warm Up for Winter workshop 5.30-7pm Wednesday 14 June. Our superhero home energy experts David, Josh and Vishal will share their very best top tips to get your home ready for winter and cheaper to run, and we're GIVING AWAY some of the best heaters on the market too. Tickets just $5, including competition entry. Bookings via www.sustaintrust.org.nz/events/ Stay warm and dry people.



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