The recent years have seen a substantial increase in the production and consumption of energy, which has led to increased emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). This has moved many people to make efforts in reducing their primary energy demand. Efforts have been undertaken to develop sustainable energy devices like heat pumps to replace traditional hot water systems, like electric water heaters, gas water heaters and solar hot water systems. Heat pumps are gradually emerging as one of the most promising and environmentally friendly solutions for heating in homes.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is an energy-efficient device that provides heating through aerothermal and geothermal technologies. It works on the basic principle of transferring thermal energy from one point to another. This can be understood by the example of a refrigerator, in which temperatures of the storage compartment are lowered by the evaporation and cooling of the refrigerant liquid. Heat pump water heaters use a similar technology to extract the potential thermal energy from the air, water, and ground and increase the water temperature level through electricity. They use only 20 to 30% electrical energy for the heat pump compressor, while 70 to 30% of the energy is tapped from renewable heat sources.
Heat pump water heaters have emerged as excellent alternatives to traditional water heating systems. They are not only 2-3 times more energy-efficient than traditional water heaters but also allow households to cut down their electricity costs by 70%.
Advantages of Heat Pumps Water Heaters
- Reduced energy consumption: Heat pump water heaters are energy efficient as they operate at around 400% efficiency. This means that 4 units of thermal energy are created for every unit of electricity used. In comparison, conventional electric water heaters are at best 100% efficient. Installation of heat pumps can reduce electricity usage in a household by 75%.
- Emission-free: Heat pump water heaters do not emit any harmful gases and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) into the atmosphere.
- Saving on energy bills: Heat pump water heaters use lesser energy than electric water heaters or even solar hot water systems. This is because heat transfer is inherently more energy-efficient than generating heat. All heat pumps generally produce more energy as heat than they consume for electricity. As a result, heat pumps can cut energy bills by 65%. The bills can be reduced further if the houses have their own solar power.
Switching from electric water heaters to energy-efficient heat pump water heaters is an intelligent move, as they are not only eco-friendly but could also potentially help you save $ 9,075. While the cost of an electric hot water system (over a 10-year period) is $12,265, a heat pump hot water system costs only $3,190 (over a 10-year period).
Smart User provides free installation of a heat pump system for homes in Melbourne. The energy-efficient DynaHeat Heat Pump Water Heater comes in two variants – ECO-215LE and ECO-260LE. While the ECO-215LE is a 215-litre variant, which is suitable for homes with 2 to 4 people, the ECO-260LE is a 260-litre variant which is ideal for bigger families with 3 to 5 people. The heat pump water heaters come with a 5-year warranty and are installed by licensed electricians and plumbers. Some key features of the DynaHeat Heat Pump Water Heater are as follows-
- Wide temperature range (from -7°C to +40°C)
- Very low operating noise
- Frost protection and effective water heating
- Japanese compressor
You can contact us now to upgrade to heat pump systems, as they are fully approved by the Australian government, under the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) and NSW Energy Saving Scheme.
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