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Solar Powered Heating and Cooling

Consider solar powered heating and cooling systems if you are planning a new efficient all-electric home, renovation, going off gas or going off grid.

System Design

Hydrosol can help you think through your needs, preferences, budget and develop a system design that works for you. This is more important if you are building or renovating in southern or inland Australia with cold winters.

For solar hydronic heating and cooling, you will need a heat pump powered by solar panels. Other options include air conditioning, fans, heat recovery ventilation, heat pump pool and water heaters, solar and thermal batteries.

Achievable Outcomes

  • Lower operating costs
  • Beautiful indoor air quality and comfort
  • Improved home capital value
  • Renewables future proofing
  • Lower Greenhouse emissions


All-electric Heating and Cooling Design

There are many heating and cooling factors to consider in your house design to reduce power bills and improve comfort. Most importantly, an all-electric house with solar power must have good thermal performance. This will deliver lower heating and cooling loads. Hence, smaller heat pumps and/or air conditioners can be installed. Therefore, your capital costs and operating costs will be less.

Hydronic Heat Pumps

Hydronic heat pumps give you radiant heating, which is the most comfortable and efficient form of heating.

Heat pumps can cool as well in reverse cycle which is an important advantage over gas boilers. They cool by absorbing inside heat into the circulating water, transferring that outside.

Fan Coil Convectors

Fan coil convectors can be added to your heat pump hydronic system for greater cooling with chilled water. They can absorb moisture from your inside air and transfer that outside.

Air Conditioners

Air conditioners are similar to hydronic heat pumps but create heating and cooling directly with the inside air. Hydronic heat pumps on the other hand use water as the medium to transfer heat inside or outside.

The direct method is simpler and therefore generally less expensive to supply and install. Therefore, air conditioners are generally less expensive than hydronic heat pumps.

Solar Power

Power your heat pump or air conditioning system with solar or green electricity. Hence, play your part in helping to reduce global warming.

For roof top solar power, consider the size and orientation of your solar panel array. Aim to generate sufficient power to run your all-electric heating systems in winter. Then this will likely provide sufficient power for your all-electric cooling and other power needs in a southern Australian summer.

Thermal Mass

Design internal thermal mass into your house if it is located in a southern Australian location.

Internal thermal mass provides a thermal battery to absorb day time heating and cooling powered by your solar system. This energy will be released inside your home in the evening. 

Tailored Solutions

Contact us for a tailored solution for your new build or renovation. We know from experience that every client has a unique set of heating and cooling design requirements. 

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