Best Practice for Heat Pump Installation

Every household has different requirements. Choosing the most efficient heating system is important. Heat pumps transfer free heat from one place to another. Using essentially the same principle as your fridge, the gas is compressed and then allowed to expand, extracting heat as they do so. 

While Kiwis are DIY at heart, installing a heat pump is a different story. Heat pumps need electrical and plumbing work to be done by qualified and experienced professionals. Here are our top tips for the heat pump installation process...

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To ensure your heat pumps performs effectively, the installation is critical, you want it to be located correctly by your heat pump installer. It is understandable that finances can be a constraint when choosing the correct heat pump, which is why the cheapest to install is often the top pick. While trying to save on the cost, the decision to choose the cheapest option is not always the wisest, as this can easily result in multiple problems in the future.

Before the Installation

You should be educated first. This ensures that there are no mix-ups due to lack of communication, and means you know exactly what you are getting. On average, the installation process takes roughly four hours. Although, there are a few things that can add time to the installation process.

What to Keep in Mind

When the process of installation occurs, a few things should be discussed with the professional. Decisions around the power supply, such as where the unit is going to be connected to power, either through an existing socket or a new circuit should be made. The length of the pipe is important, whether it is a direct back to back installation, or if the outdoor unit part of the heat pump is going to be on a second level or out of sight. When planning the installation, it should be clear if the process of installing the unit is going to be straightforward with easy access. With this knowledge, it is something to be considerate about when selecting a heat pump unit and its place in your home.

After the Installation

Once installed and the commissioning tests are passed, you should be issued a user's manual, warranty cards and the electrical code of compliance. To keep your heat pump in prime condition, you can’t just walk away for it. Maintenance is still necessary to keep it running smoothly. To make the money you’ve spent on installation go the distance, you need to take care of it.

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