If you're stuck? • South City Heatpumps

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  • January 21, 2013

If you froze last winter, or you are in shock when you get your power bill, it could be a time to look at a heat pump for your heating. Heat pumps are the most energy efficient* and convenient way to heat your home. In fact, a correctly sized and professionally installed heat pump can produce up to 4 times more heat for each unit of electricity compared to conventional heaters, making it easier, cheaper and more environmentally friendly to heat your home. They can also be used to cool and dehumidify your home in the summer months.

But it is important to know that some brands and some heat pumps are significantly more efficient than others, and also that it is crucial you use a professional installer, to will ensure that you have the correctly sized model, positioned and installed to achieve maximum performance for your home.

So here are 5 important steps to take to ensure that you will be choosing the very best for you:

1. Choose the type of heat pump for your needs

Start by seeing what types of heat pumps are available. There are different styles hi-walls, floor models, ceiling cassettes and whole home central heating systems. Many have different features too – such as self-cleaning filters, healthy air filters, temperature sensor controls – so you will want to look through, and then decide which appeals to you. There is a guide at the end of this page which shows the different models available, and the advantages and features of each.

2. Decide which area of your home you want heated

Again, there are single room or area heat pumps (most commonly used), or multi-systems that can heat several rooms at a time, the Sleep Pump® that will heat or cool 3 or 4 bedrooms, or whole home ducted central heating systems.

If you want to heat a large area or areas, you need an efficient heater with lower running costs, so it may make sense to pay more for the model and its installation needed, because it will pay off in the long term

3. Make sure you will get the Right Size heater

This is probably the single most important step. If the heat pump is too small for the area, it may be a little cheaper to buy in the short term, but it will cost so much more to run as it will be working too hard. It will also defrost too often.

If you buy a model too big for your needs, then you will be paying too much for inefficient use. An Accredited Consultant will assist you in determining the correct size for your needs.

4. Choose an Accredited Heat Pump Consultant

The next step is to obtain advice and quotes – but please make sure you use an Accredited Consultant – these are independent professionals that have been accredited by us, because they have demonstrated they have the equipment, training and expertise, to install your new heat pump as required by the manufacturer, and using sound practices.

To encourage you to choose an Accredited Consultant we at Fujitsu will give a 6-year full parts and labour warranty on our heat pumps – that’s New Zealand’s longest warranty.

5. Ask about our Comfort Selector™

When your Accredited Consultant uses the Comfort Selector, you will get much more than a quote. You will get a 2nd Guarantee – the guarantee that your heat pump will perform exactly how it says it will – at the temperature shown. Plus you will also get a full report which has been tailored to your home – showing:

 Running costs (even showing the savings you will make).
 Selected Heat Pump features and benefits.
 Details about the area to be heated in your home.
 Efficient running tips.
 General Heat Pump Information.
 Heating Performance Guarantee.

All this without any commitment on your part.

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