Author: Chris Siddons

Underfloor heating and cooling suspended floors

You can enjoy underfloor heating and cooling if you are renovating or building with suspended floors. Use a heat pump as the heat source to have reverse cycle cooling in summer as well. This will absorb heat from your home and expel it outside in reverse cycle mode. You can apply most types of floor coverings over your underfloor heating circuits including tiles timber boards and loose weave carpet.

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Thermal Battery

Heat pump thermal battery maximises your solar power

Consider adding a larger heat pump buffer tank or thermal battery to increase the internal mass of your home for greater thermal storage. This will help moderate the extremes of your indoor temperatures, reduce your power consumption for heating and cooling and maximise your solar power during the day.

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heat pump water heater

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Heat Pump Water Heaters use about one quarter of the power of an electric element water heater. They are an ideal appliance to use with your solar power because you can time them to run during the day. They act like a battery storing thermal energy to use 24/7.

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solar power case study

Managing Your Solar Power

Understanding the power demand of your home appliances, and timing some of them to run during the day when you are producing power, will reduce your power bills. This BLOG explores ways to reduce your power demand from the grid.

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heat recovery ventilation

ERV or HRV Ventilation

Homes built years ago were not designed for efficiency and so they leaked air everywhere. Modern homes with 6+ Star rating are much more air tight and require ventilation systems to keep a fresh feel inside without needing open windows in winter and summer. Air leaks and open windows can account for a quarter of your energy costs. This BLOG explores HRV and ERV ventilation systems available.

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energy efficient home case study

Heat Pump Hydronic Heating

Heat pumps use water to transfer heat to your home in winter from the outside air and reverse this process in summer to keep your home cool. Water is 3300 times more capable of transferring heat than air so you don’t need large air ducts with heat pumps.

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Energy Efficient Home Case Study

Case study of a period home, renovated and extended with energy efficient heat pump and a/c systems installed. Hydronic systems included underfloor in-screed circuits, radiators, hydronic towel rail and space saving fan coil convectors, with ceiling fans.

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