Product Tags: Green Evolution, Water Heating, Solar Assisted Heat Pump
Warranty: 60 months
Product Certifications: UL
Unit of Sale: Each
Additional Product Certifications: TUV, CE
Additional Information and Specifications:
A solar assisted heat pump captures heat from the environment in the form of solar radiation and ambient air temperature. This allows for heat collection even on a cloudy or snowy day when the sun isn’t shining.
The heat collected is used to provide a hot water supply in the home and can even fulfill indoor heating requirements in some homes.
Solar assisted heat pumps combine a solar collection panel with an air-to-water heat pump, using the same refrigeration circuit. The solar collection panel absorbs heat from the air outdoors and transfers it into a refrigerant gas, which is then passed into a heat pump compressor to further increase the temperature. The heat thus generated is used to warm up the water. One can paint the roof-top solar thermal panel to match the roof, if desired.
In fact, the solar assisted heat pump can even be powered by solar panels. That means one can take a solar heat pump completely off the grid; a 3 KW photovoltaic unit is all that’s needed.
Each of the solar assisted heat pumps can warm water up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit and maintain that temperature 24/7.
Indoor and water heating combined account for around two-thirds of energy usage in homes. A solar assisted heat pump saves up to 85% percent of water heating costs, on average, meaning households can have warm water at just a fraction of the present costs.
Also, solar assisted heat pumps are available in different capacities and for both residential and commercial buildings.
Solar Assisted Heat Pump: FAQs
What are solar assisted heat pumps?
Solar assisted heat pumps are used to fulfill warm water and indoor heating requirements in residential and commercial buildings. And they do so using a combination of thermal solar panels and solar photovoltaic cells.
With the integration of the two solar technologies, these solar heat pump system units are able to effectively run both the heat pump as well as the water heater.
This solar heat system isn’t dependent on a single energy generation solution. That means you can rest assured of reliable heating even on a foggy or cloudy day when one of the systems isn’t functioning optimally.
How do solar powered heat pumps work?
A solar assisted heat pump water heater works very similarly to a solar electric panel with one noticeable difference.
You see, a regular solar panel needs sunlight for energy generation. However, that’s not the case with solar heat pumps, as they need heat or thermal energy from the sun.
Also, depending on the model, a solar panel for heat generation can capture heat either directly from sunlight or through ambient air.
Nonetheless, the components of a solar panel heat pump are the same across all models and types and include collectors, evaporators, exchange valves, compressors, and heat exchange tanks.
Looking for a detailed workflow of a solar assisted water heater?
You can go through our blog: Solar Assisted Heat Pumps: Everything You Need To Know About.
What is the payback period on solar heat pumps?
The best thing about a solar indoor heater is that you can recover your entire investment in terms of huge energy savings.
According to the Department of Energy, a household can have $274.46 worth of annual savings, on average, through solar water heating alone.
Further, the manufacturers of solar assisted heat pumps claim a payback period of anywhere between two and three years, just like solar street lights.
You can estimate a payback period based on the extent of usage of your conventional heating systems and the local energy charges.
Can you become eligible for Federal ITC by installing solar assisted heat pumps?
With a solar house heater, you can apply for the Federal Investment Tax Credit scheme. As such, you can avail a tax credit of up to 30 percent of the solar heat system’s total cost.
Not to mention, you also stand to benefit from local solar credits and rebates.
Does the efficiency of your solar heating system matter?
Yes, it does.
In fact, how quickly and effectively your indoor space and water supply get heated depends on the heating system’s efficiency.
So how to know which solar heat pump is more efficient?
You can learn about a solar heat pump’s efficiency by looking at its Coefficient of Performance or COP. Herein, the higher the COP on a heating system, the more efficient it will be.
When it comes to solar assisted heat pumps, a COP of 3.0 or more should be apt for residential requirements.