Posted on 05 04 2024

Maximising Comfort and Minimizing Costs: NZ Heat Pump Subsidy Tips

We're no strangers to the unpredictable weather that sweeps across our islands. Whether it's winter's biting cold or the sweltering heat of summer, ensuring our homes remain comfortable throughout the year is a priority for many. However, the cost of heating and cooling can impact our household budgets. 

As part of the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme, the New Zealand heat pump subsidy offers a cost-effective solution to maintaining optimal home comfort. Here are some essential tips to maximise comfort and minimise costs through the NZ heat pump subsidy.

Choose the Right Heat Pump

The heat pump size should match the area you wish to heat or cool. A unit too small won't effectively regulate the temperature, while one too large could lead to unnecessary energy consumption and costs. 

Professionals from approved service providers, like GreenSide, can help recommend and install your home's best heat pump option, ensuring it meets the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) standards. 

Combine Subsidies for Comprehensive Home Efficiency

While the heat pump subsidy can significantly reduce the installation cost, don't stop there. The Warmer Kiwi Homes programme also offers subsidies for home insulation, covering up to 80% of the cost. Combining heat pump and insulation subsidies can enhance your home's energy efficiency, leading to greater comfort and lower energy bills. 

Maintenance and Usage Tips

To maximise the benefits and efficiency of your heat pump, it's crucial to adhere to regular maintenance routines and smart usage practices. Here are some detailed tips to help you get the most out of your heat pump:

  • Clean or Replace Filters Regularly: Clogged or dirty filters can reduce efficiency and airflow, leading to higher energy costs and reduced comfort. Clean the filters every 3 to 4 months, which may vary based on usage and environmental factors.
  • Check and Clean the Outdoor Unit: Keep your heat pump's outdoor unit clean and free from debris, leaves, and snow. Use a garden hose to wash the unit and gently maintain its efficiency.
  • Professional Servicing: It is crucial to have your heat pump professionally serviced at least once a year to prevent unexpected breakdowns and ensure all components are in good working order.
  • Programmable Thermostat Settings: To save energy, use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature at night or when you're not home. Avoid large temperature swings, as modern heat pumps are designed to operate efficiently at a constant temperature.
  • Optimal Thermostat Placement: To accurately measure the home's average temperature, place the thermostat in a central location away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, and windows.
  • Utilise "Auto" Mode: Set your thermostat to "Auto" mode to automatically allow the heat pump to switch between heating and cooling as needed. 
  • Proper Installation and Placement: Place your heat pump unit in a shady spot free from obstructions for outdoor units and in a central location on an exterior wall for indoor units.
  • Avoid Overworking the System: Set your thermostat to a comfortable and energy-efficient temperature. Overworking the system can lead to unnecessary energy consumption and wear.

Make Your Home Comfortable and Efficiencient with GreenSide

With NZ heat pump subsidy, GreenSide offers top-notch home insulation and heating solutions to maximise your home's efficiency and comfort. Our team of professionals recommends and installs the best heat pump option for your home, with over 50,000 happy clients.

For more information on how we can best help you, contact us at 0800 789 276.

You might qualify for a subsidy if you own a house, have a Community Services Card, or live in a neighbourhood with lower income (DEP levels 7-10). Let's explore the subsidy options and ensure you receive all the help you're eligible for.


As an Owner-Occupier You May Be Eligible for a Warmer Kiwi Homes Subsidy