Most people know that heat pumps are highly efficient heaters in winter, but not everyone realises that they also function as efficient cooling units in summer. They are capable of pumping heat out of your house by reversing the flow of heat.
In this article, we will cover some basic advantages of a heat pump over an air-conditioning unit, general tips for keeping your house cool and advice on how to make the most of your heat pump.
Why You Should Use Your Heat Pump In Summer
Nobody likes swimming in their own sweat all summer. Air conditioners are great at keeping you cool but they will bring the heat back when the bill catches up with you. Correctly installed and functioning heat pumps are up to 500% more efficient that electric heaters saving the earth’s resources and your money.
Heat pumps are also efficient dehumidifiers, meaning they will remove moisture from the air. Dry air feels cooler because it can absorb warm moisture from the skin, preventing that sticky feeling you may have experienced on an extremely humid day.
Tips for Energy Efficient Cooling In Summer
Regardless of what kind of cooling system you are using, there are some general tips that can be employed to make the most of it.
Make the Most of Your Surroundings
If you know it is going to be a cool night, open the doors and windows when you would like to draw in the outside air. This kind of air conditioning is totally free and you should turn off your cooling unit while you use it. First thing in the morning, close the house to stop the day’s warm air displacing it.
Don’t Trap Sunlight
External blinds will stop sunlight penetrating your windows. Internal curtains will do the same thing but to a lesser effect. Keeping the sun out reduces the amount of heat you need to remove.
Best Practice Heat Pump Instructions for Summer
- Make sure your heat pump is set to cool mode.
- Set the fan to auto mode.
- Clean air filters regularly, replace them as required. Talk to your installers or refer to the manufacturer’s instructions as the requirements are different for different models.
- Set the temperature to the highest possible comfort temperature. Do not over stress your pump and the more cooling you enforce the more energy will be consumed.
- Have your heat pump inspected and serviced by professionals. This will ensure the longevity of your unit and reduce the likelihood of a breakdown.
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Albany Heat Pumps are the people to speak to in Auckland. We service the entire North Shore and are authorised heat pump installers of both Fujitsu and Mitsubishi heat pump systems. We are also registered Master Electricians and can help you out with other electrical wiring needs. Call us today on 0800 927 628 or contact us online.