How to Choose a Heat Pump

Trying to sort through all of the options when it comes to heat pumps can be a wee bit overwhelming. This is where Climate Control comes in. We are heat pump specialists and we are here to help guide you through the entire process to ensure that you get the right product for your home.

There are a few steps to consider:

  • What type of system do you need?

“Hiwalls”, “Floor consoles”, “Ceiling cassettes”, “Ducted”,– all of these products have different characteristics, and pros and cons depending on the space you are trying to heat or cool. Our residential consultant can guide you through each option helping you to decide what is right for your home.

  • What capacity do you require?

This is a calculation undertaken by our consultant at your home. He will consider factors such as insulation, window size and orientation, room orientation etc and will advise you on the correct size you need. This is an extremely important part of the process. It is critical that you do not purchase a heat pump that is too small and just as equally important that you do not buy one that is too large in capacity. Both can cause problems down the track.

 

However, just to get you started, a very general rule of thumb (indicative only) is 0.12kW/ square meter of room and so for eg a 50m2 lounge might require a 6kW heat pump.

 

Heat Pump Sizing Guide*

Room Area (m2)

2.4m Stud Height

2.7m Stud Height

20

2.5kW

3kW

25

3.0kW

3.5kW

30

3.5kW

4.5kW

36

4.6kW

5.5kW

42

5.5kW

6.5kW

49

6.0kW

7.0kW

56

7.0kW

8.5kW

72

9.0kW

10.8kW

*capacities are indicative only -please contact our consultant for proper sizing

 

  • Choosing a reliable brand

Purchase a brand that you recognise and you know is reputable. Investment into one of these devices is an investment in your home, so make sure you get a product that’s going to last.

  • The importance of installation and backup service

With so many retailers now selling heat pumps these issues have become increasingly more important. If you have a problem, you will most likely be asked by the retailer to deal directly with the original installer (if you can find him!). There have also been instances where the manufacturer of the heat pump has refused a warranty claim because the installer was not accredited. Please be aware that installing a heat pump is a very technical job which only a tradesman can do properly. With Climate Control Ltd, we supply, install and provide warranty repair services for the products we install. Our team consists of trade trained and trade qualified engineers. If there is a problem you only have to call one person and we will be there to put it right. We have been in business since 1985 and we will be there for you into the future.