When it comes to heat pumps hot water systems and their installation, quality reigns supreme. While the initial cost might be a bit steep, the benefits they offer far outweigh the investment. Unlike their conventional counterparts, these systems incorporate an additional condenser assembly, making them more intricate. In this article, we delve into the realm of heat pump hot water systems, exploring their advantages, installation considerations, and more.
Quality takes center stage in the realm of heat pump hot water systems. We prioritise superior systems that boast a substantial Australian-made content. Our focus is on partnering with companies boasting a proven track record within the hot water industry, backed by exceptional customer support. While certain entities might promise free installation and hot water supply, our approach differs significantly.
You might have come across the saying that “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” This adage holds particularly true in the realm of heat pump hot water systems. The market presents a range of options, varying greatly in terms of quality. Our commitment to quality means that we steer clear of fully imported systems that are offered for free, often even being undersized for your needs.
Transitioning to a heat pump hot water system requires a thorough evaluation of your hot water usage patterns. Unlike conventional gas storage systems that offer rapid heating rates, heat pumps exhibit a slower recovery period. This slowdown is further exacerbated by colder temperatures.
It’s crucial to account for this delay when considering a heat pump system. For instance, the minimum size suitable for a small family starts around the 260L mark, with the common size being 315L. These additional capacities provide the necessary buffer to accommodate the slower recovery rate. Some heat pump systems might only recover around 30L per hour, underscoring the need to adjust showering patterns accordingly.
A heat pump hot water system is a different style of electric storage hot water system. It uses the heat from the surrounding air and doesn’t rely on direct sunlight to heat your water and provides a reliable, efficient and sustainable way to reduce your water heating energy consumption.
It uses refrigeration technology and works similar to a normal split system air conditioner, however instead of heating the air, it heats the water.
Some systems also have back up conventional elements to assist in water heating in the event of cold weather where the ambient air temperatures are low.
Many heat pumps have controls that can be set by the customer or installer so that the heating periods are set to suit household power generation or day/off peak metering.
Heat pumps use a storage tank, these are mainly constructed out of steel and have a lining such as vitreous enamel. Some tanks can also be manufactured out of stainless steel.
We can help you understand your water heating requirements and choose the ideal system to meet your needs, catering for budget, energy efficiency and environment (how much space you have).
We generally like to use heat pumps that have a high Australian manufactured content as we like to support Australian manufacturers.
They also provide local product service, parts, training and rebates are kept in Australia.
Heat-pump hot water systems harness the principles of refrigeration cycles to extract heat from the surrounding air. This heat is then transferred to water within an insulated storage cylinder through a heat exchanger. The energy efficiency of these systems is impressive, consuming approximately 60 to 75% less electricity compared to conventional electric hot water systems. Unlike the direct heating mechanism employed by traditional electric systems, heat pumps employ electricity to power the heat pump itself, which then heats the water indirectly.
An interesting analogy emerges when considering heat-pump hot water systems and solar water heaters. Both systems harness the sun’s energy, albeit in different ways. Heat-pump systems derive heat from the air, which is ultimately warmed by the sun. Unlike solar systems, heat pumps don’t rely on electric or gas boosters, utilizing electricity solely for operating the evaporator fan and compressor during water heating. This distinction positions heat-pump systems as efficient alternatives to solar heaters.
Heat pump hot water systems come in two main styles: integrated and split systems.
Integrated systems house the heat pump atop the storage cylinder, combining the evaporator, fan, compressor, and condenser. Although slightly bulkier due to their single-unit design, they offer a convenient option for efficient water heating.
Split systems, on the other hand, segregate the evaporator, fan, and compressor within a distinct unit, connected to the storage cylinder through refrigerant piping. This arrangement mirrors the configuration of split system air conditioners, offering flexibility in installation and design.
While considering a heat-pump hot water system, it’s essential to factor in noise levels, running costs, and potential integration with photovoltaic systems (solar / PV). Heat-pump systems emit noise during operation, driven by the fan and compressor. Optimal placement is crucial, ensuring minimal disruption to your surroundings. Running costs are notably lower compared to traditional electric systems, with the ability to operate on off-peak and peak electricity tariffs.
Integration with rooftop photovoltaic systems offers an avenue for efficient energy utilisation, aligning with sustainability goals.
When considering heat pump hot water systems, quality is non-negotiable. The Hot Water Man, is dedicated to superior Australian-made products and reliable customer support; this sets us apart. As you embark on the journey towards energy-efficient water heating, we’ll assist and guide you with the nuances of heat pump systems, installation options, and their harmonious integration with renewable energy sources.
The AMBIHEAT HDc-270 Heat Pump is the new generation 270L capacity heat pump which is a smart, energy efficient alternative for areas where a traditional solar water heater may not be suitable. It uses the heat from the surrounding air and doesn’t rely on direct sunlight to heat your water and provides a reliable, efficient and sustainable way to reduce your water heating energy consumption.
Advanced wrap around microchannel heating technology for uniform and faster water heating Suitable for cold climates (-5 to 43+ degrees) High recovery rate for fast heating and 2.4kW back-up element for emergency heating Leading technology with user-friendly touch screen LED display Variable temp control. Choose from: Standard, Vacation, and emergency heating/boost modes Suitable for 2 to 5 people Manufactured in Australia
7 years cylinder supply* and 3 years cylinder labour* 3 years sealed system supply and labour 1 year parts supply and labour
Designed and manufactured in Australia, the Rinnai Enviroflo V2 features a single element boost. This allows the product to be used in high demand applications or even cold ambient conditions. Built locally to outlast the tough Australian conditions, these tanks have been designed and tested to operate with water pressures up to 1000 kPa.
Enviroflo Heat Pump Energy Efficient Quiet Operations 1000 kPa maximum water pressure rating 250L and 315L capacities available Australian designed and built with a high level of product quality.
Energy Efficient. Easier to install due to modular design. Top down heating of cylinder means quicker hot water recovery. Environmentally friendly CO2 refrigerant used. One of the quietest systems on market with average noise level of 37dB. Smart controller allows control over energy costs and consumption.
Clean Energy Regulator – STCs
Victorian Energy Upgrades
Solar Victoria – Heat Pump Rebate
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