Winter is coming – meaning temperatures in Auckland will average around 8-14 degrees during, or as extreme as -1.4 degrees back in 2015 which was a record breaking 64 year low.
According to reports released last year by Mercer, over 25% of household income is spent on utilities including electricity.
This make it an opportune time to audit our energy consumption practices, and more specifically how Aucklander’s can save on heating and energy bills this Winter.
Use the Sun to your Advantage
Despite freezing temperatures, the solar rays can provide effective, free heating to warm-up the internal house or building temperature.
Keep your curtains open during the day, particularly on the south side of the house or building where you get more direct sunlight.
Also good time to trim any tree branches or shrubs that block the sunlight around your windows to maximize sunlight capture.
Consider upgrading to heavy curtains and closing them at night to retain temperature. Heavily lined curtains which extend below the window frame can save as much as 40% of the heat escaping at night according to Victorian Government studies .
Select the right temperature is key to energy savings in this area. We recommend selecting 25 degrees in summer and 20 degrees in winter. Every 1 degree change in temperature can add as much as 10% to the amount of electricity your air conditioning unit uses, which can add up quickly over time.
Getting the best out of your heatpump
Heatpumps can provide the most efficient and least cost method of heating in most cases, both for commercial and domestic environments.
If you are considering upgrading your heat pump or installing a new heatpump, here are some key points to consider:
- Ensure the heat pump you choose is the right size for your house. If it is too small or large, it becomes either too costly or ineffective, or both. We often come across enquiries where customers who focus on cost over efficiency. Short term savings in heat pump installation costs can end up in long terms.
- Always consider Energy star ratings on your heatpumps prior to purchasing. You can research more about brands and models, efficiency rating and annual energy consumption data.
- Ensure the airflow around the heatpump isn’t obstructed, as this will affect efficiency and the operation of your heat pump, this is for both the indoor and outdoor units.
- When using heatpumps for heating, close windows and doors closed a well as window coverings on hot summer days and cold winter nights.
- Always try and heat your working or living space rather than trying to heat-up the whole house.
- Always follow manufacturer instructions regarding maintenance and service schedule to ensure optimal operation.
- We often get asked whether a heatpump should be left working overnight. Refer to manufacturer instructions and advice on this as different brands and models work at different levels of efficiency. Until you get the right advise from the manufacturer, its better to schedule on/off operation to manage electricity consumption. A unit left on overnight will usually end up costing more. You can read more heatpumps tips at the Aurora Energy site here or get in touch with the specialist Auckland’s heat pump and air conditioning specialists – Ben’s Refrigeration.