keeping costs down: Optimising your heat pump efficiency

June 09, 2024

Keeping costs down: Optimising your heat pump efficiency

Heat pumps are the heroes of the home comfort world. They deliver warmth in the winter and cool relief in the summer, all while being much more energy-efficient than traditional electric heaters. But even with their superpowers, there are ways to maximize their efficiency and keep those energy bills even lower.

One of the biggest questions heat pump owners have is whether to leave their system running all the time or turn it on and off as needed. This age-old debate has no simple answer, as explored in an interesting article by Stuff titled “The final answer on whether to leave your heat pump on”.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of heat pump efficiency and explore some tips to get the most out of your system:

Understanding Heat Pump Efficiency

Heat pumps don’t actually generate heat, they transfer it. They absorb heat from the outside air, even in cold weather, and concentrate it to warm your home. This process is far more efficient than creating heat from scratch, which is what traditional electric resistance heaters do.

The efficiency of a heat pump is measured by its Coefficient of Performance (COP). The higher the COP, the less energy the heat pump uses to deliver a certain amount of heat. When shopping for a heat pump, a higher COP is generally better.

Optimizing Efficiency

Here are some key strategies to maximize your heat pump’s efficiency:

  • Set the right temperature: Don’t chase that super toasty feeling. A comfortable temperature around 18-22 degrees Celsius is ideal for most people and keeps the heat pump from working overtime.

  • Use a programmable thermostat: Program the heat pump to turn on before you get home and turn down at night when you’re nestled under the covers.

  • Consider the “leave it on” approach: If you’re home most of the day and have a well insulated and ventilated home, leaving the heat pump on low might be more efficient than constantly restarting it.


By following these tips, you can enjoy the comfort and efficiency that heat pumps provide. Stay cozy and keep those energy bills low!

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