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new Standards

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.

Here is a quick summary in the meantime around the heating requirements:

  • There must be a minimum indoor temperature of 18C even on the coldest day of the year, with the recognised government calculator.
  • There must be a fixed heater that can directly heat the main living room.  It is important to note the “fixed” requirement here, and it can’t be an open fire.

Specialising in heat pumps I don’t need to sell you the obvious ease and awesome factor they have for tenants. Tenants love them because they are so efficient to run and help keep the place, dry, warm and cool in summer.  Making their home a comfortable place to be.

If you’re the landlord you’ll love the quick and easy install, reliability and most tenants familiarity with a heat pump.  It would have to be the most hassle free heating option and cost effective for you.  It is such an easy device to use.


Use our calculator below to work out what you need to and to print a statement of intent.


Tims Blog

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.

Statement of Intent

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 ready

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Teal in the home

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.

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Heat Pump FAQ

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.

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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.

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No Draughts

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.

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Warm Schools

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.

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