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    I reckon heat pumps are great for very well insulated small rooms that have standard ceilings - not so great for high ceilings and open plan rooms without the insulation in walls with old windows. And there's lots of rentals of this standard. I agree there are other options including the panel heaters. They are cheap to run and heat the person not the room and you can now connect them up and manage every room.

    I recently got a quote for a heat pump installed for $2K but I don't know the brand etc. Seems a bit cheap.

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    A touch off topic but we don't have any heat pumps in our rentals purely because tenants have no idea what maintenance is, the concept that there are filters in them is completely foreign right up until it stops working.

    Went with convection panel heaters instead, all our places have 2.4m stud height and doors that close off the living spaces from the bedroom spaces, they work well, are cheap to run and have no moving parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsterbishi View Post
    A touch off topic but we don't have any heat pumps in our rentals purely because tenants have no idea what maintenance is, the concept that there are filters in them is completely foreign right up until it stops working.

    Went with convection panel heaters instead, all our places have 2.4m stud height and doors that close off the living spaces from the bedroom spaces, they work well, are cheap to run and have no moving parts.
    Good point and that is one big reason why many of our homes are cold because of the open plan layout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsaneperson View Post
    But they would be a lot more expensive to run than a simple 1 or 2 bar heater placed in the lounge right?
    From what I understand, the COP of an average heat pump is around 4 which means that for every unit of electricity consumed, four units of heat are put out. A standard electric heater puts out only one unit of heat for each unit of electricity. So for the equivalent amount of heating the heat pump should be about one quarter of the cost to run. I think what tends to happen though is that, when they have a heat pump installed, folks tend to heat their room to a higher temp than before so some do actually see an increase in their power bill. Heat pumps are so efficient because they do not use electricity to create heat but rather to move heat in from outdoors... pretty clever.
    Last edited by Merlot Mike; 25-07-2018 at 08:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donna View Post
    I recently got a quote for a heat pump installed for $2K but I don't know the brand etc. Seems a bit cheap.
    I had two separate units put in for 5.5k so your quote sounds pretty good.

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    The heat pump depreciation rate is 20%?
    So pretty much written off in 5yrs. Same as the warranty.
    Stick to a major brand - Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Daikin.
    Quality of installation is important.
    In Auckland I've used the following people:
    Fonko: http://fonko.co.nz/heat-pumps/
    Albany Heatpumps: http://www.albanyheatpumps.co.nz/
    Kiwi Electrical: http://www.kiwielectrical.co.nz/

    Have used Kiwi Electrical the most.

    Just show the tenants how to clean the filters - not difficult at all to do.
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