What is a Heat PumpHeat pump technology is one of the cutting edge technologies when it comes to renewable energy water heating products.
Even though this technology have been used in South Africa for heating water for many years, the recent increase in international demand have brought the component costs down, making the product extremely affordable for the residential and commercial users.
Using refrigeration cycle to extract energy from the surrounding air (indirectly using solar energy) it can provide you with 60°C hot water day or night, winter or summer at a quarter of the cost of electrical geyser element heating.
- Your old heating system. If your old heating system was inefficient, you are more likely to see lower running costs with a new heat pump.
- Water heating. If the heat pump is providing hot water then this could limit the overall efficiency. You might want to consider solar water heating to provide hot water in the summer and help keep your heat pump efficiency up.
Learn how to control the system so you can get the most out of it. You will probably need to set the heating to come on for longer hours, but you might be able to set the thermostat lower and still feel comfortable.
Your installer should explain to you how to control the system so you can use it most effectively.