New Zealanders have faced price increases in power of over 50% in the last few years at the same time as there has been restrictions on the type of heating that can be used in most parts of the country. This has lead to the increased popularity of heat pumps because they are 300 to 400% efficient whereas electrical heating is normally 100% efficient. This means a saving of about a third in the amount of electricity required. Heat pumps are lot less costly to operate because they do not warm air but transfer the warmth from air outside the building to the air inside the building. This is possible even at very low temperatures. The only power that is required to run heat pumps is for the fans and the compressor.
You can expect even small heat pumps to provide a lot of heat. 2300 watts is as much as you can get from a fan heater of the plugged in variety whereas the least powerful Fujitsu heat pumps can put out 3600 watts. So the even the smallest models generate much more warmth and at the same time are much cheaper to operate.
Fujitsu Heat Pumps are easy and inexpensive to install. A straightforward system should not take more than six hours but more complex systems will take longer depending on what is required. The cost varies from around $2500 and $5000 per unit and is dependent on size and features. This normally includes installation and GST. Installing the correct size and model of heat pump to fit the heating area is vital.
Getting hold of an installer who is Fujitsu Accredited is step number one. He should be capable of advising you which heat pump will be best for you. It is important to match model and system to your unique situation as this affects the efficiency of the heat pump. You may buy a smaller unit only to find that it is running constantly in cold weather and your electricity bills are much higher than expected.
Some local bodies offer a grant to assist with the change from polluting forms of heating to cleaner heaters such as heat pumps. Ask you Fujitsu installer about how to apply for those funds. If your chimney has been damaged by an earthquake you will probably also qualify for the installation of a heat pump to replace it. Once again ask your supplier of Fujitsu Heat Pumps about how to apply for this.
Fujitsu have brought out special software called EzeCalc which can calculate which size heat pump is needed to heat the area in question. The expertise and experience of the accredited installer combined with the software will ensure that you buy the heat pump system that is best suited to your unique needs.