Auckland Residential Heat Pump Installation
The team at Auckland Heat Pump Installation are experts and certified installers of many well-known brands such as Panasonic, Daikin, Mitsubishi, Haier, and Midea our heat pumps will change the way your home feels. From Damp, cold and mouldy rooms, our heat pumps can transform any room or house into a warm, comfortable, and healthy home.
We have talked extensively about how a heat pump is an investment for your personal wellbeing, but they are far more cost-effective to run in comparison to other traditional heating solutions. An easy way to think of cost-effectiveness is they can put out the same amount of heat for a third to a quarter of the price of traditional electric heating.
There are 5 different types of heat pumps to choose from and each has its advantages and disadvantages.
- Single Room High Wall Heat Pumps
These heat pumps are the most common types of heat pumps used in New Zealand. They may also be referred to as a Single split HVAC system and the core essence of this heat pump is that they have 1 indoor unit connected to 1 outdoor unit. They are easy to install, maintain, and if they break they can easily be repaired or replaced without disrupting other rooms with heat pumps. When installing these units into a prebuilt house and if the room is less than 30m2 the installer can connect the heat pump to an electrical socket instead of running a new independent wire back to the fuse board. Being able to connect to a pre-existing electrical socket can save a significant amount of money hiring an electrician to run a new wire and a plasterer and painter to fix any holes in the walls and ceilings that the electrician may have made.
These heat pumps come with a 5 year manufactures warranty and can heat or cool a room with a touch of a button.
- Ducted Heat Pumps
These are the second most requested heat pumps in New Zealand. They are associated with the high-end user, where the client may be more concerned with the convenience and aesthetic features of the heat pump over cost-effectiveness. In terms of heat production they are still very cost-effective just like Single Room High Wall units but how they deliver the heat to the rooms comes at the cost to the end-user.
Ducted heat pumps heat and cool the entire house. That may sound very comfortable but if the end-user is not using all the rooms while the heat pump is turned on, they are essentially heating or cooling a room that doesn’t need to be, such as a guest room, or second lounge. For some people, running that extra bit of electricity doesn’t concern them and it is up to the customer to choose which heat pump suits their needs and values.
In regards to installation, they are more costly to install due to the labour required for ducting. Many times they will require an electrician to run a new wire from the fuse-board to the outdoor unit. If the electrician needs to make any holes in the walls or ceiling a plasterer and painter may be required to fix the damages.
Ducted heat pumps are surely a luxury item when choosing heat pumps. The indoor unit is hiding in the ceiling space and the only thing the customer see are beautiful vents to distribute heat and a control panel to turn the unit off and add and to adjust the temperature. The vents can be opened and closed to save heating a room that is not necessary but due to their height, a ladder is required to perform the task safely.
- Multi-Room Heat Pumps
These heat pumps are not as commonly installed in New Zealand as customers typically choose a “single room high wall unit” or a “ducted heat pump”. They are a system that is the middle point between a “single room high wall unit” and a “ducted heat pump” where the core essence of this heat pump is multiple indoor units and 1 outdoor unit. It allows the customer to choose which room they want to heat or cool and saves the customer from having multiple outdoor units.
Their main disadvantage is the cost of installation versus the benefit of having only 1 outdoor unit. Each room that is chosen to be heated adds the cost of an additional indoor unit, labour and the materials needed to run the small copper pipes. Similar to a ducted heat pump they will usually require an electrician to run a new wire from the fuse-board to the outdoor unit. If the electrician needs to make any holes in the walls or ceiling a plasterer and painter may be required to fix the damages.
They serve customers that put the efficiency and the cost to run a heat pump above all else. For many of our customers, we have experienced that the advantages of this particular system do not outweigh the cost of installation.
- Ceiling Mounted Cassettes
These heat pumps are rarely used in a residential property unless the house has a very large open living area and there is a manhole to access to space above the ceiling. Traditionally, these types of heat pumps would be installed in offices, retail shops, and other commercial settings. These heat pumps are very good in large spaces and distribute heat or cooled air in all directions. They can save time for installation as they don’t require ducting and therefore do not possess the disadvantages of ducted units.
Most will still require an electrician to run a new wire from the fuse-board to the outdoor unit. If the electrician needs to make any holes in the walls or ceiling a plasterer and painter may be required to fix the damages.
- Floor Consoles
Floor consoles are not as popular as the single room high wall units due to the location of installation. Floor consoles inherently have a perception of being old or out of date as they are installed at a similar height to the old panel heaters. We found our customers preferred high wall units as they attached to the wall above any furniture where the airflow cannot get disrupted.
In terms of maintenance, they are easier if climbing a ladder to clean the lint filters are a big concern. Unfortunately, we feel floor consoles have more disadvantages compared to other heat pump models. As they are installed close to the ground, the customers have to keep the area around the heat pump clear as to not disrupt the airflow, and children would have to be advised not to play or insert anything inside the unit..