When energywise compared home heating running costs, heat pumps came out the cheapest, with a wood burner coming second, and a LPG gas heater was the most expensive.
Heat pumps ranged in costs from 3-15 cents per unit of KWh of heat released. To be on the bottom end of this scale it is very important you size the appropriate heat pump and use a reputable brand with excellent star ratings.
How to get the best heat pump for you?
It is best to look at the star ratings. Simply put the more star ratings the more efficient the heat pump.
Use a quality brand of heat pump
Make sure it is correctly size
Make sure your home is well insulated
Make sure the heat pump is right for your climate and environment
Knowledge and experience in this area does help, because some heat pumps struggle to perform at cold outside temperatures just above freezing point. Varcoe is great at offering advice in this area due to our long history in the business.
Follow Varcoe for ways of making your life more comfortable on topics like; help with the new healthy homes standards, how to create a better sleep environment, and, the importance of a comfortable temperature in the school.
Are you a landlord? Are you wondering what you need to do, try our healthy home calculator, which will let you know what you need to do. Best of all, we’ll send you a pdf that qualifies as the statement of intent, which is valid until 1st December 2020 while you get yourself readyread more
Heat pumps used to use CFCs in the 90s. However time has moved. On 31st December 2019 only HFC refrigerants can be used.read more
Design is an important part of a comfortable home. I don’t confess to know a huge part about this apart from the fact I hate Baby blue,…. but was won over by this colour. I think it’s teal? Find out more here about design, colour and comfortable homes.read more
You’ve got the questions and we have the answers. You may have met us at a recent home show with our Pop art stand. Because of our long history in the industry our knowledge is strong but more importantly our desire to learn and build on that is our real strength. Learn more about what we know here.read more
A comfortable sleeping environment is essential for a healthy sleep, and your overall health and wellbeing throughout the day. The ideal sleeping temperature is 18.3C which does seem quite cold to some. Which is why we struggle so much to sleep on a hot summers night.read more
Draughts aren’t good for anyone. They are like wind in the home, leaking the heat and creating a irritable environment. A comfortable home has no draughts, and that is what Varcoe specialises in. Comfortable homes.read more
The healthy homes standards became law the 1st July 2019 in New Zealand. For some it came in very quickly and it was hard to plan and organise for. So that is where I thought Varcoe could help you.read more
With two boys of my own, sometimes the heat pumps we put into schools seem like one of our biggest achievements. Currently we have installed heat pumps in over 30 schools, 300 classrooms, keeping over 6,000 children comfortable.read more