It’s a common thought that to have a sustainable hot water system, you need solar panels installed on your roof. This is not the whole truth, as solar heat pumps are a renewable option that can help you save money and the environment. They use approximately one-third of the energy of an electric water heater. They come with generous government rebates it makes them even more cost-effective.
How Does a Solar Heat Pump work?
A solar heat pump will capture warmth from the outside air and transfer it to water stored within the system.
The air’s original heat source is the sun, which does make a heat pump solar. Luckily, solar heat pumps work in cold weather too. External air is drawn into an evaporator containing a special type of refrigerant, which has a very low boiling point. Even cold air will enable the refrigerant to turn liquid into gas, which can then be compressed to generate heat.
What are the Benefits of a Solar Heat Pump?
- Big savings – Over the long-term, you can make massive savings when compared with other hot water systems
- Eco-friendly – A solar heat pump can produce between 3 and 5 times the amount of energy than the electricity needed to power it
- Low carbon footprint – Solar heat pumps emit few greenhouse gases
- Works in winter -, A solar heat pump also features an electric assist for extremely cold conditions
- Works in summer – With a solar heat pump using air instead of the sun, there is no danger of overheating during summer
- Ease of installation -, A solar heat pump does not require panels or roof space
- Convenient – You can connect a solar heat pump to standard electric hot water system connections
- Government rebate – Solar heat pumps still attract Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs, now known as STCs)
- Durable – A solar heat pump is easy to protect from hail or storm damage and will stand the test of time