HEAT PUMP FACTS:
- Are up to 4 times more efficient than gas and electric water heaters.
- Don't require sunlight to generate heat.
- Are relatively easy to replace an existing storage heater with.
- Heat pumps draw energy from the surrounding air and convert it to heat in much the same way as an air conditioner or refrigerator.
- Helps reduce your carbon footprint by up to 4 tonnes of CO2 per year.
- Eligible for RECS and rebates from Federal and State Governments.
Although heat pumps don't use solar energy directly, because they are very energy efficient they're classed with solar systems for rebates and other government incentives. Installation is generally similar to installing an electric storage hot water system.
Air is drawn into the unit through an evaporator, where a cold refrigerant absorbs the air's heat. The refrigerant then flows into a compressor, where it's converted to a high-pressure, high-temperature gas. The gas passes through a condenser in the water tank, heating up the water. The refrigerant gas cools down and is cycled back to the evaporator.
Heat pumps tend to work best in warmer climates, such as coastal regions, but there are models, (such as the Dux Airoheat Subzero), designed to operate in cold climates.
Manufacturers include Rheem, Dux, Stiebel Eltron, Quantum and Saxon. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.