Don’t lose your cool over heating options. With autumn on the way, many New Zealand households are beginning to think about how to keep their bedrooms toasty and warm during cooler months. Is a heat pump the best option? And if so, which kind of heat pump – single or multi-split or a ducted system? Let’s run through the pros and cons and considerations of the best bedroom heating options.
The size of the room
How big your bedroom is will be a big factor in determining the right heating solution. In New Zealand, on average we need a bare minimum of 2kW of electricity for a small-medium sized living space. In Canterbury, we recommend going up to about 4kW to ensure you’re covered in those really low winter temps.
How much heat you need
If you want to be warm all night you’ll need a solution that’s cost effective to run for long periods. If you just want to take the chill off the air pre-bedtime, something small and quick could be what you need.
If you’re only looking to take the chill off the air before you go to sleep, an electric heater could be the answer. Yes, they tend to be one of the more expensive options to run a cost per kilowatt, but they are reasonably inexpensive to buy and portable so you can use them in more than one room or store them away when not needed. A good electric heater is an ideal option for small spaces or rooms you’re not going to be in for long. The oscillating tower style of fan heater came out top in testing run by Consumer NZ followed by micathermic heaters. You can find out more about the pros and cons of electric heaters by downloading our FREE guide to choosing the right heating solution for your home.
Why choose a heat pump?
Other than an electric heater, heat pumps are the best bedroom heat source because of their energy efficiency and ease of use; did you know many systems let you control it via wifi and your smartphone.
‘Single-split’ heat pumps
A single split heat pump has one indoor unit and one outdoor unit, and it remains the most common kind of heat pump you find in New Zealand homes. As they cause no pollution, this option is environmentally friendly and highly efficient, leaving more change in your back pocket. But if you’re looking at heating your bedroom as well as the kids’, it may be more cost-effective to consider the next option.
‘Multi-split’ heat pumps
These units are proving incredibly popular thanks to their ability to heat and cool a wide range of bedrooms. Multi split heat pumps have one outdoor unit but more than one indoor unit connected to it. This allows you to create different temperatures in different rooms, giving you supreme control over your environment. This option can be more efficient for your power bill depending on how many you want. These units can be a real saver for your power bill. However, because you only have one outdoor unit, if there are any problems all your indoor units are affected.
Otherwise known as ‘central heating’, ducted systems disperse air through vents mounted in your ceiling. This includes indoor vents, an outdoor unit and flexible ducting, which is hidden in the roof cavity. Regarded as the ultimate heat pump solution, you can enjoy a consistent temperature around your entire home from one central system. The system is virtually invisible, however because it services the entire house, this system the most expensive option to install. As it is the most comprehensive heat pump system it is also the most costly.
Talk to the experts
Heat pumps are extremely versatile, meaning all these systems can be installed into almost any home regardless of age or style. Our experts are on hand to help you find the right heat pump for your bedroom, so talk to us today.
To find out more about all the different kinds of heating solutions most commonly found in Kiwi homes, download a copy of our FREE guide now.