Why heat pumps are better than their gas counterparts
Because they use electricity to move hot or cold air from one place to another rather than to generate it, heat pumps can deliver up to 10-15 times as much energy as they use. In fact, premium heat pumps can heat a room at 600% efficiency, while gas heaters are around 50% to 95%.
Cost less to run
Because they use less energy to run, they’re also better for your wallet. Although they may be more expensive to install, they can provide significant savings in the long run.
According to a 2015 Melbourne Energy Institute report, households in Canberra could save $1,733 per year and those in Melbourne $658 per year in heating costs just by switching off their gas and using reverse-cycle air conditioners.
Switching from gas to heat pumps to heat water can also lead to significant savings, not only because they’re more efficient. Heat-pump water heaters act as batteries, so you access electricity when it’s cheaper and store it for later.
Safer than gas
With heat pumps, you don’t need to worry about house fires or filling your home with dangerous fumes, unlike some gas heaters.
Two for one
Heat pumps not only provide warmth in winter, but they can also keep your home cool in summer, so you get two functions in one system.
It’s worth exploring all your options to create a more energy-efficient home. When you take control of your energy usage, you can save money and reduce your impact on the environment. And it can even increase the value of your property.