We have recently seen a spate of poorly located heat pumps when assessing homes under our Home Energy Savers Program.
Heat pumps are famous for their super high energy efficiency (EE) ratio and their fast space heating abilities.
However these benefits can be easily stumped by installing the systems in the wrong place.
Many sales people are also uneducated on where is the best place the indoor and outdoor units should be located.
So it’s good to arm yourself with some basic knowledge. Here’re some tips to consider when installing a heat pump.
Indoor head unit: Try to avoid installing these in hallways unless you only want to heat the hallway. Many people have heat pumps installed in hallways with the idea of also heating the bedrooms. This hardly ever works out unless the heat has a clear and easy direct path to the room and the doors are wide open. It’s better to spot heat bedrooms so they can be heated from inside. Hallways are transit zones and should not be over heated. It’s better to spend the money and energy heating the living spaces.
Outside units: Don’t hide them in dark damp corners of the home! Outside condenser units work by stripping air of its heat. If you place a condenser on the damp darkest side of the home that get no heat you will drastically reduce the ‘free’ heat energy the systems gather from the outside. This will lower the performance and effectiveness of the heat pump. Aim to place the condenser units on the sunny side of the home. Pay for extra piping if needed as this will work out far better than a half performing system. Installing near concrete is best as this can act as a thermal store for the HP to take advantage of. Be cautious of installing the outside unit too close to a bedroom as they do make some noise when running.
If you are looking at getting a heat pump, give us a call and we will come and give you a free home heating assessment then prepare for you a quote to supply and install a heat pump.
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