Heat pumps for the Healthy Homes Standards

May 1, 2023

The Healthy Homes Standards set out minimum requirements for rental properties to ensure that they are warm, dry, and healthy. This means having a fixed heating device that will heat the living room to at least 18°C during the day and the bedrooms to the same temperature overnight.

While wood burners, pellet burners or fluid gas heaters are acceptable heating sources, the most effective and cost-efficient way to both heat and cool your rental property and comply with the Healthy Homes Standards is to install a heat pump.

Optimising energy efficiency

One of the key benefits of using a heat pump to meet the Healthy Homes Standards is energy efficiency. Unlike traditional heating methods, such as electric heaters or gas furnaces, heat pumps do not create heat but rather transfer it, resulting in significant energy savings and lower utility bills.

Another advantage of using a heat pump is that it can improve the air quality in your rental property. Heat pumps filter the air as it circulates, removing allergens, dust, and other contaminants, which will help to reduce respiratory problems and improve the overall health of tenants.

Calculating your requirements

The size of heat pump required to heat your rental property under the Healthy Homes Standards will depend on a number of factors. These include the size of the rooms, the age of the property, how well it is insulated, the local climate and more, all of which are combined to calculate the optimum size of heat pump you will need.

All new or renewed tenancy agreements must include specific information about the rental property’s current level of compliance with the Healthy Homes Standards. To ensure that you comply with the heating standard, you can use the online heating assessment tool, the heating formulas in the regulations, or engage a qualified heating specialist to assess the required heating capacity.

Maximising your property’s value

Heat pumps are an excellent solution for meeting the Healthy Homes Standards. By installing a heat pump in your rental property, you can ensure that your tenants have a warm, dry, and healthy living space that meets the requirements of the standards. Not only does this benefit tenants, but it also helps to reduce energy costs and improve the overall value of your rental property.

Talk to a heat pump expert at SnowTemp for pricing and options.

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Site visits are our point of difference. They allow us to fully understand your needs, so our engineers can assess and size your heat pump or HRV system accurately. We’ll provide a written quote and brochures detailing your unit options, so you can make an informed choice.

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