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Solar Heat Pumps

January 9th, 2011

solar-heat-pump-lennox.jpgWith the rising cost of heating bills solar heat pumps may be the way to go to help stretch that all-important dollar. However, before buying a system one should first do some research and learn exactly what they are buying.

A solar heat pump will waste minimal energy while heating or cooling a home. It is a great alternative to air conditioning and furnaces for most homes. Instead of using a lot of power to generate heat, this type of system simply relocates it. During the summer, heat is moved out of an area to cool it, and a heat transfer in the opposite direction is performed during winter to warm an area up.

Some of the advantages of choosing a solar heat pump system over your more traditional heating and cooling sources include:

  1. Emissions - By using solar energy for water heating as opposed to oil or coal, a solar heat pump greatly reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
  2. Low running costs - These systems have very low running costs and few maintenance costs.
  3. Installation - It is easy to install.
  4. Power - One can be used where only a small amount of power is available.
  5. Size - Solar heat pumps can be used to heat homes as well as large buildings.
  6. Solar energy and air - Solar energy is the main heat source for a solar heat pump, but the surrounding air also plays a role. Both of these come from a practically inexhaustible supply.
  7. Low solar radiation - The pump continues working even while solar radiation is quite low. They can operate in overcast conditions and at night.

As stated above with the low cost of upkeep and purchase a solar heat pump will quickly pay for itself. So for people who have already decided to live off the grid this could be a great alternative that can reduce their dependency on propane or oil.

Installation of these pumps is relatively easy, but if you are having difficulties you can always consult a professional. It is better for your investment to have the system installed properly in the first place instead of having to purchase a new one due to improper installation. After all you are making an investment into the future of the planet and yourself, so it may be worth a few extra dollars to get the job done right in the beginning so that you can avoid costly problems later.

Solar heat pumps are a reasonable alternative to the more traditional styles of heating and cooling and in most cases are worth doing further research to find out which model will work best for your particular situation.

This article on solar heat pumps was supplied by the freelance writer Blizzerand.

One Response to “Solar Heat Pumps”

  1. comment number 1 by: Francesco


    Geothermal heat pumps;
    Air-water heat pumps;
    Exhaust air heat pumps.

    They are energy efficient complete systems for heating and cooling which is both economic and environmentally sustainable.
    This technology is available both for residential single / multi-family and industrial and commercial buildings.

    The geothermal heat pump uses as a heat source the subsoil or ground water and allows a cost savings for the heating up to 80%.
    You do not need to reside in a thermal area to enjoy the benefits of underground heat: from 10 m depth the soil temperature remains almost constant throughout the year, and around 100 meters the temperatures are around the 10-12 °C constituting a heat source for the optimum operation of the heat pump.

    The air-water heat pump uses as a source of heat the outside air and allows a cost savings for the heating up to 50-60%.
    It can produce hot water for heating or sanitary uses up to temperatures of 65 °C with only the compressor and work up to temperatures of -25 °C!

    The exhaust air heat pump uses as a heat source stale air present in the house, allows a cost savings for the heating up to 50%.

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