Various green technologies, such as the solar heat pump, have gained momentum in popularity as the
public has taken a more active interest in energy conservation and renewable
Heat pumps in general have long been celebrated for their lower energy use as well as their year round functionality. The solar heat pump has taken this to the next level by combining the green technology of solar power with the traditional heat pump.
Traditional heat pumps work much in the same way as air conditioners
in that they run off your home's electricity. Although heat pumps use less
electricity overall, the development of a solar heat pump has come as a
welcome innovation to green-minded homeowners.
This type of heat pump works in the same way as any other solar powered appliance. Solar panels attached to the home and integrated into your own power grid supply the power needed to make the heat pump operate. Some homes also use a back up supply from traditional or existing energy sources as solar power can sometimes experience issues with consistency, depending on the panels used, the way your home uses energy and, of course, how much the sun is willing to cooperate.
Green technologies have become one of the fastest growing fields when
it comes to various appliance and the solar heat pump is no exception. Heat pumps themselves have become increasingly
common, with major manufacturers investing in research and development in order
to make heat pumps that offer both power and efficiency. There are now a number
of well known and reputable companies that offer various models with solar capability, among them are:
Other brands which offer solar heating and cooling options include:
Heat pumps in general work best in areas which don't
experience freezing or below freezing temperatures on a regular basis.
Although innovations and new advances in heat pump technology hope to address this issue in the future, for now, extreme climates simply aren't a good match for this type of year round climate control.
For residents in more temperate climates,
however, a solar heat pump can provide year round comfort at significant
savings. The combination of using solar power and the energy efficiency of a
heat pump offers substantial savings, lessens a home's carbon footprint and
provides even heating and cooling throughout the year.