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6048-Browsing_Abroad_1_1 22 Dec 2007 1:05am #49
offline bobbity

Member since 14 Sep 2006

Member from Glenfield

Posts: 5596

yes the wood fires are wondeful while you're sitting over them and enjoying those lovely flames, but yes..a cold ending. Also people hate to go to bed and leave them.

The person with extreme costs during the winter are probably counting hot water and oven cooking etc besides the heat pumps, and that may be what's sending the bills way up. maybe also driers...



8171-IMG_1754a 22 Dec 2007 10:18am #50
offline Bryan

Member since 28 Oct 2006

Member from Eltham

Posts: 11011

Ah, cloths dryers, We purchased a new one in 1992 when the laundry was remodelled. I think it may have been used about 12 to 15 times, and when it was it was to dry my kids or grand kids cloths. We have an old wooden cloths hoist hanging from the ceiling in the hallway. Best thing since sliced bread (Actually before) as the saying goes, and it costs nothing to run. A marvel in the winter.

4404 22 Dec 2007 11:37am #51
offline Pixie

Member since 14 Jul 2006

Member from Kawerau

Posts: 770

We have a conservatory, a fantastic place for drying clothes even in the winter. Cheers Pixie

15479-morepork 11 Jan 2008 4:11pm #52
offline Nightowl

Member since 12 Jul 2007

Member from Kawerau

Posts: 236

Bryan, regarding your wooden clothes hoist in the hall - do you have a 10ft stud there?
This old place of ours has been remodelled in the past (way back when the Earth was young) and the ceilings were lowered from 10 to 8ft.
Such a waste of space in my mind, especially as the old ceiling is still there above it.

20132-P1040043__527x640___2_ 03 Feb 2008 7:21am #53
offline essex girl

Member since 29 Jan 2008

Member from Tauranga

Posts: 10

Despite being told my Fujitsu heat pump would only cost $1 a day to run [taken over the whole year] I had a power bill of $480 for the first month of its use and I was never really warm, especially feet. It does say in the small print in the manual that you may need to supplement heating in periods of cold weather

8171-IMG_1754a 03 Feb 2008 9:53am #54
offline Bryan

Member since 28 Oct 2006

Member from Eltham

Posts: 11011

Night Owl, yes we have a 10ft stud except in the bathroom and laundry where we had it lowered when we relined them. Your advantage it in heating though.

Hi essex girl, Welcome. We have had 2 "Hisense" 5kw heat pumps about 18 mths and our power bill has never been that high. You must be pulling your hair out. I would be getting onto the people that put it in to check it out as that is excessive. Regarding cold feet, I presume you have the type that fits up the wall. When on heat, make sure the fins are set to direct the airflow DOWN, this will cause the warm air to go to the floor and spread before rising. When on colt set the fins to direct the airflow straight out so that it spreads across the room before falling to the floor. We had the same problem when we first used it and the installer showed me where we were wrong.

9005-joy_2 03 Feb 2008 11:29am #55
online Joybel

Member since 02 Nov 2006

Member from Linwood

Posts: 30572

Heat pumps are being advertised again and I will be making a serious foray into the selection. Most are sold through companies and my friend found that these companies are into cash sales with no interest in time payments. She persisted, and after making a half cash payment, an arrangement was made that she paid the rest in six months, which she has done. You can buy anything these days on time with no payments for 18 mths even. I think, if I can, I will have one on the floor, but I only have the one outside wall and that is where the TV. sits and all the antenna and points are. I am told that the further away from the outside unit the less functional the pump will be. I can only get someone to come and give an appraisal. I will pay cash as I would rather spend my savings than have them disappear with a liquidation tumble.

4404 03 Feb 2008 1:30pm #56
offline Pixie

Member since 14 Jul 2006

Member from Kawerau

Posts: 770

Bryan, thanks for the comment about setting the fins to 'down' thus making the warm air rise which should ensure the feet do get warm. We've been doing the opposite or having the fins 'swinging'.
Essex girl - definitely get the unit checked out. Our power bill only rises by $30 a month, mind you we don't have the heat pump on all day. It's set to start around 7 am and goes off at 9 am and unless it's particularly cold, as Kawerau sometimes is, we don't turn it on again until around 6 pm. We're well pleased with the heat pump which was actually already in the house when we bought it.

9005-joy_2 03 Feb 2008 9:13pm #57
online Joybel

Member since 02 Nov 2006

Member from Linwood

Posts: 30572

I understand that one should not turn a heatpump off once it is on, but to turn it down to its lowest when leaving the house and down to a comfortable low overnight as it costs more everytime to get up to heat from start.

8171-IMG_1754a 03 Feb 2008 9:29pm #58
offline Bryan

Member since 28 Oct 2006

Member from Eltham

Posts: 11011

I cannot tell you the answer to that I'm sorry. I would think them a matter of opinion and conditions in the area. In winter we have done both. what we tend to do now is turn it off when we go to bed and set them to turn on at around half hour before we intend to get up.

4404 03 Feb 2008 9:47pm #59
offline Pixie

Member since 14 Jul 2006

Member from Kawerau

Posts: 770

Haven't heard that one, Joybel, but surely it would be more costly to have the heat pump on when it's not really doing anything much except use electricity! We do the Bryan thing.

6048-Browsing_Abroad_1_1 06 Feb 2008 1:21am #60
offline bobbity

Member since 14 Sep 2006

Member from Glenfield

Posts: 5596

A friend had one of those storage heaters full of bricks, which stored warmth during the day and released it later when chilly. Does antone know the name of that??
it was certainly economical and her house was nice and dry.


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