Marc Diaz from Panasonic Heating and Cooling discusses how more and more homeowners are investing in renewable heat pump technologies to heat their homes; not only because these alternative systems can lead to dramatic savings on energy bills, but because they’re kinder to the environment and can be integrated with solar-powered energy systems. Previously, Marc provided a basic introduction to heat pumps which is available to read here.
Solar panels continue to be a popular choice for British homeowners installing renewable energy systems. However, another option that should not be overlooked – particularly for those living in “off-gas” areas – is air source heat pump technology, such as the Panasonic Aquarea. Heat pumps can stand alone to provide heating and hot water in a property. As an added benefit, they can also be integrated with solar panels (both solar PV and solar thermal) and wood burners – a perfect option for those keen to make the absolute most of the energy harnessed from their solar panels. Combining PV with air source heat pumps can further reduce electrical consumption and CO2 emissions.
Panasonic was involved recently in a unique residential project to integrate heat pump and solar technologies, in order to maximise the homeowners’ potential energy savings.
Originally a four-bedroom property in a village in Warwickshire, the homeowners enlisted the help of Nexus Building Solutions for a complete refurbishment and two-bedroom extension. The family were looking for a heating solution that would not only fit in well with the existing oil burner and radiators, but also provide reliable and superb-quality performance.
Specifying 4kW Panasonic 250W HIC panels to accompany Panasonic’s 6kW T-CAP Monobloc Aquarea heat pump, Nexus Building Solutions has helped the property to benefit from extremely energy-efficient and cost-effective underfloor heating that runs through six different zones within the house. Supplying heat to an extension for an elderly relative, the bedroom, living room and downstairs bathroom, as well as a two-storey bedroom and living room, the entire family now all benefit from renewable technology.
“We are delighted with the results from installing Panasonic’s Aquarea heat pump and PV solar panels,” says the homeowner. “Not only is the house warm and cosy, but the extra energy generated from the solar panels is transferred straight back into the pump. We’re so impressed that we’re currently in discussions with Nexus Building Solutions to install another Aquarea heat pump that will replace our oil system in the main house when a retrofit is required.”
It is important however to choose the correct air-to-water heat pump for the job in hand. For example, heat pumps typically work much more efficiently at a lower temperature than a standard boiler system would. So they are often used in underfloor heating systems or larger radiators, which give out heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time.
The Aquarea air-to-water heat pump range leads the market in performance and we have recently extended the range to offer a variety of solutions for the UK energy efficient housing market. Because the housing stock in the UK is extremely varied, notably in terms of type, size, construction methods of the properties themselves, plus power capabilities and demands, we’ve developed a wide range of energy solutions that answers most (if not all) requirements.
Heat pumps were first produced by Panasonic in 1973 and were already well-established in other EU countries – the technology is therefore well-developed and respected.
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