In my opinion there is more to be said for a heat pump than any other
room heating system Despite their expense which goes from $2500
They are inherently safe and cannot overheat and can be
thermostatically controlled. There is no flame or red hot wires to
ignite any flammable gasses or nearby material. They simply extract
heat by a system exactly like a refrigerator which takes heat from a
"cupboard" and so cools it; and exhausts that heat into the room. A
household heat pump does exactly the opposite, where hear is taken
from the atmosphere outside and used to heat the room. It does not
change air in the room.
Of course when required the same machine can take heat from the room
and exhaust it outside - in summer for instance. They need no
maintenance other than a 6 monthly air filter clean. On the negative
side the unit may only be installed by a competent licensed fitter
and electrician. The shop selling the heat pump will arrange all
But: no buying wood or coal gas or oil, emptying ashes, no chimney,
no mess or dust.
Cheaper to run than an ordinary electric heater, heats up a normal
room from end to end in ten minutes on a cold winter’s day.
I have used ours for 14 years with no problems. Warmth in winter,
cool in summer. Not so cheerful as an open fire; but far, far safer
and wouldn’t be without it.–
Cheers for now,
JohnB of NZ