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    Bryan
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    Registered On: October 28, 2006
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    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.

    #105696
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    Registered On: July 14, 2006
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    We have a conservatory, a fantastic place for drying clothes even in the winter. Cheers Pixie

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    Registered On: July 12, 2007
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    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.

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    Registered On: January 29, 2008
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    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

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    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.

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    Registered On: November 2, 2006
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    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.

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    Registered On: July 14, 2006
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    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.

    #105702
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    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.

    #105703
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    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.

    #105704
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    Registered On: July 14, 2006
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    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.

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    Registered On: September 14, 2006
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    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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    Registered On: September 24, 2007
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    Hi bobbity,
    They are called night store heaters and a neighbour of mine has one. He says it costs a lot more to run than an ordinary two bar or fan heater and they don’t get your feet warm. Quite a number of years ago, they were popular when the night rate cost for electricity was cheaper. However, now there are very few power companies who offer that rate and so they have become a lot more expensive.

    Hi joybel,
    Like you I am trying to find out as much as I can about heat pumps, and tomorrow I have someone coming from Fujitsu Heat Pumps to give me some advice and a quote for one. Pity it won’t be Stephen Fleming though, lol!

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