As those days grow shorter and the nights get crisper, the thoughts of many Aussie families turn to bathing and showering on those cold winter mornings.
When the time comes, you want to be sure that you and your loved ones have the best possible system to satisfy your hot water needs - not to mention saving you money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions along the way.
Many Aussies will think that hot water systems are a choice between gas or electricity. However, like solar water heating the heat pump hot water system is a new and efficient development in the hot water sector.
Read on to find out more about heat pump hot water systems.
Are you looking for an energy efficient way to heat water?
Heat pumps can help you to both save money and the environment by drawing the sun’s heat from the air, and transfer it to heat the water in the storage tank. Contact Australian Hot Water to see if a heat pump water heater is a suitable choice for your property.
Australian Hot Water serve you from locations throughout Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle.
Heat pump water heaters can either be purchased as integrated units with build-in water storage tanks, or as an add-on that can be retrofitted to an existing water heater tank. Australian Hot Water is able to help you determine if a heat pump water system is a suitable and cost-effective option for your property.
It is worth noting that the initial investment from installing a heat pump water system is recouped more quickly in larger households. Government rebates to assist with the purchase cost may also be available for some households.
How do heat pump water heaters work?
Heat pump water heaters use a small amount of electricity to move heat from one place to another, rather than generating heat directly. To heat water, a heat pump works like a refrigerator in reverse. There are different types of heat pump systems but the most common type are when the evaporator absorbs whatever heat energy is available from the air and vaporises the refrigerant. This vapour is then compressed raising its pressure and temperature. Cold water from the storage tank is now pumped through the evaporator heat exchanger with the now heated water returning back to the storage cylinder.
Compared to a conventional electric water heater, a heat pump is more energy efficient and draws less power. Some units can also provide air conditioning or residential ventilation.
Is a heat pump hot water system right for you?
The technology for heat pump water heating might seem revolutionary, but you have seen it before - in your fridge.
Heat pump water systems work like a refrigerator in reverse, absorbing heat from the air and vaporising the refrigerant which is then compressed. The water runs through a network of pipes then the hot water is stored for you to use.
Costs of a heat pump hot water system
Heat pump hot water systems sound pretty futuristic, but they will actually save you cash in the long run. They are far more energy efficient than traditional electric water tanks and produce a significantly lower amount of greenhouse gases.
New devices may be comparatively more expensive, but these prices go down over time.
Better yet, there’s no need to rush out and buy a heat pump system and throw your old one away. Some heat pump systems can be retrofitted to an existing water tank although with rebates available it is more cost effective to convert the complete water heater over to this type of product.
Benefits of a hot water pump vs other types of hot water systems
The most obvious benefit is savings on your electricity bill and reducing your environmental impact - two important factors for any modern family. Many families who seek to reduce their environmental impact but cannot use other means such as solar systems have installed heat pump hot water.
These systems can also be installed almost anywhere, meaning you don’t need to be on a gas line or have access to regular LPG canisters.
At Australian Hot Water we know everything there is to know about hot water, so get in touch today to discuss your options and find out of a heat pump hot water system is right for you.
Contact us for expert advice
To discuss if a heat pump is a suitable water heating option for your needs, call Australian Hot Water today. We have service centres and showrooms in Alexandria, Belmore, Caringbah, Eastwood, Leumeah, Moorebank, Mona Vale, Seven Hills, Fyshwick in Canberra, and Cardiff in Newcastle. We also have licensed agents in Melbourne, Gold Coast and Adelaide.