How does a heat pump work?
To understand how a heat pump works, think of an air conditioner on reverse cycle. It draws energy from the surrounding air and generates hot water through heat-transfer technology, a reliable and efficient way to reduce water heating energy consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions without the need for solar collectors.
Even in cold conditions, the air has some heat which is available. For freezing conditions, a quality heat pump should have an electric booster function that will be triggered to ensure you and your family have a continuous supply of hot water. Plus, it prevents ice from forming in the waterways of the water heater and causing damage.
Why choose a heat pump?
Here are three reasons why a heat pump may be the perfect a solution for you:
1. Great alternative in homes where traditional solar isn’t possible
A heat pump provides reliable hot water for your family and is suitable for residential applications when you want energy-efficient hot water without the need for roof space for solar collectors.
They can usually be installed in the same location as your outdoor storage water heater, and can often be connected up to the existing plumbing and electrical connections, making it a great replacement for an existing water heater.
2. Eligible for Government Incentives
Making the move to renewable technology can sometimes be a costly investment, but the energy savings will go on for years. The good news is that a heat pump qualifies for government incentives known as Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STCs) that can be used as an up-front discount to reduce the cost of your purchase.1
Your local Solahart Expert can deduct the value of the financial benefit at the point of sale.
3. Reduce your hot water energy usage
Hot water typically accounts for around 25% of an Australian household’s energy use.2 As a heat pump uses the surrounding air to heat water, you can significantly reduce the amount of energy you consume to heat water, thus enjoying great energy savings.