Heat pumps are the clean, economic and efficient future for domestic heating.
Heat pump technology is the future for domestic heat production. It is clean, functional, efficient and over the next years, its economic advantage over traditional fuel systems will only increase. The reason heat pump systems are so advantageous is that they produce more energy than they consume. This means that for every kWh you pay to the electrical utility, you get three to five kWh of thermal energy for your home.
A heat pump transfers heat by circulating a substance called a refrigerant through a cycle of evaporation and condensation. A compressor pumps the refrigerant between two heat exchanger coils. In one coil, the refrigerant is evaporated at low pressure and absorbs heat from its surroundings. The refrigerant is then compressed en route to the other coil, where it condenses at high pressure. At this point, it releases the heat it absorbed earlier in the cycle.
Refrigerators and air conditioners are both examples of a heat pump operating only in the cooling mode. A refrigerator is essentially an insulated box with a heat pump system connected to it. The evaporator coil is located inside the box, usually in the freezer compartment. Heat is absorbed from this location and transferred outside, usually behind or underneath the unit where the condenser coil is located. Similarly, an air conditioner transfers heat from inside a house to the outdoors.
The heat pump cycle is fully reversible, and heat pumps can provide year-round climate control for your home – heating in winter and cooling and dehumidifying in summer. Since the ground and air outside always contain some heat, a heat pump can supply heat to a house even on cold days.
If a gas boiler is used for your hot water production you will reduce your monthly expenses by 30% or 40%. |When an electrical boiler is used, costs drop even further, easily saving up to 70%.
Furthermore, since heat pumps work only on electricity, current gas boiler users can liberate themselves from the inconvenient gas bottles, dangerous piping and gas houses.
Because of their efficiency, heat pumps contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions. This led the European parliament (December 2008) to expand the definition of renewable energy sources to include air source heat pumps.
The region of the Costa Blanca is ideal for heat pumps. Places like Calpe, Moraira and Altea rarely present under zero temperatures, allowing these systems to be highly efficient.
A standard system for water heating/cooling mostly consists out of a hot water deposit, indoor unit and outdoor unit. The water deposit and indoor unit can also be combined.
A standard system for air heating/cooling consists out of indoor and outdoor unit.
The outdoor unit is placed outside and can be fitted onto walls or on roofs.
Can a heat pump cool as well as heat?
Yes. Many heat pumps can reverse their internal process and take excess heat from the home or office and transport it outside.
Are they good for the environment?
Yes. A heat pump is a significant improvement when compared with traditional fossil fuel solutions. If the source of the electricity is renewable, they do contribute to CO2 emissions nor do they produce any other type of contamination.
Can I use solar panels combined with a heat pump?
Yes you can. There are heat pumps that can be integrated with solar panels. This way the heat pump only runs when the energy generated by the solar panels is insufficient for your heating needs. The drain-back configuration for the solar panels is optimal for integration with heat pumps.
Are they loud?
No. They make a similar noise to an air conditioning unit. Heat pump technology has advanced to the point where excess noise is kept to an absolute minimum.
Can I use them at home?
The energy from the heat pump can be used for heating of systems like underfloor heating, low temperature radiators and traditional radiators.
Are there a heat pump for swimming pools?
Yes there are. Click here for more information about heat pumps for swimming pool heating.
Is a heat pump the best solution for me?
If your home currently has or is prepared for centralized heating through radiators and/or underfloor heating, the use of a heat pump may be the best solution for you. It will be the most affordable and safest way to produce heat for your home, and is more respectful to the environment than any other solution.
Check our information pages for detailed information about Heat Pumps.
Choosing the right system for your requirements can be hard and time-consuming. At Solar Power Systems we would be happy to help you with more information and choosing the right system for your needs. Do not hesitate to contact us or visit our webshop!
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