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Heating the Natural Way with Solar Energy
Heat your home with the sun’s natural energy and be warm without the worry of large power bills.
Melbourne Solar Heating helps you harness the sun’s energy to heat your home, reducing your carbon footprint at the same time.
Imagine feeling cocooned in comfortable and controllable heat, knowing it’s not costing the earth. Add solar hydronic heating to your existing home or include it in your build or renovation – it’s a straightforward process and hassle-free.
Melbourne Solar Heating sees solar as the future for home and commercial heating.
The team at Melbourne Solar Heating has more than 30 years of experience delivering solar and hydronic heating systems to homes and businesses across Victoria. With a passion for helping customers plan and design the best heating system to match their lifestyle, Melbourne Solar Heating’s expertise helps people just like you with their new homes, renovations and commercial projects.
The team at Melbourne Solar Heating are happy to discuss your project anywhere in the Greater Melbourne metro area and neighbouring regions.
How does a Heat Pump work?
What we can do for you
Did you know thermal energy in the outside air can be used to keep your home cosy in winter? Immerse yourself in comfort using an air sourced or geothermal heat pump to bring the sun’s warmth into your home.
What is solar hydronic heating?
Solar heating is more than black shiny panels perched on rooftops. An air sourced or geothermal heat pump is one of the most cost-effective ways to harness the sun’s energy and convert it into home heating. Not only can it supply your home heating, it can be used to supply your hot water system too.
If you are looking for even more cost and environmental savings, a solar hydronic system can also be used to cool your home in the warmer months.
The really great news is that the running cost of a heat pump is far cheaper than using electricity or gas to heat, or cool, your home. Combine a heat pump with rooftop PV panels to feed into a hydronic heating system and you have an off-grid, natural heating solution.
Heat pumps are environmentally friendly, healthy and cost-efficient. They work by harvesting thermal energy in the air (an air-source heat pump ) or the ground (a geothermal or ground source heat pump).
Air-source heat pumps have been used reliably around the world for decades. Now everyone’s catching on as demand grows in Melbourne for greener heating solutions. Learn how solar heat pumps work.
Why choose solar hydronic heating?
- Environmentally friendly – heat pumps move heat rather than create it by burning fuel, so you’ll have a lower carbon footprint.
- Cheaper to run – heat pumps use less energy than electric or gas heating systems.
- Off-grid lifestyle – combine a heat pump with solar PV panels to heat your home without using retail electricity.
Heat pumps are the best environmental choice for heating. Most heating systems use fuel such as gas. Choose a heat pump rather than gas to power your heating system and you’ll dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.
A heat pump uses the same technology as your kitchen fridge. The pump cycles a refrigerant through a process of evaporation and cooling and transfers the heat for use in a heating system. Heat pumps can also use the reverse process to cool your home in summer.
Air Source Heat Pumps
An air source heat pump is the most common and affordable way to heat your home with solar energy.
The heat pump draws natural heat from the air and transfers it to a water circuit. The heated water can be pumped through your home into radiator panels, fan coil units, underfloor, walls, and ceilings for heating and cooling. It can also supply your household hot water system and heat swimming pools.
Air source heat pumps don’t need the air outside to be warm – heat pumps will work well at the full range of Melbourne’s temperatures.
Ground source heat pumps are the most energy efficient choice for heating due to the constant temperature just a few metres below the ground.
They work on the same principle as air source heat pumps, but rather than draw heat from the air, ground source pumps soak up heat from deep in the ground. Melbourne’s ground temperature remains a steady 16 to 18 degrees Celsius all year round.
Commercial heating systems
Melbourne Solar Heating designs and delivers commercial heating systems.
Interest in solar hydronic heating for commercial properties is rising dramatically, as the corporate and government sectors look for greener and more cost-efficient heating solutions. Interest in solar hydronic heating for commercial properties is rising dramatically, as the corporate and government sectors look for greener and more cost-efficient heating solutions.
Invest in solar hydronic heating for your business and look forward to these long-term benefits:
- Big savings on running costs – solar hydronic heating is cheaper to run than any heating system that runs on electricity or gas
- Healthier workplace – less noise and better air quality
- Premium residential standards – if you’re in the hospitality or care industries, solar hydronic heating will deliver the levels of comfort and reliability your customers want
- Greener business – your organisation’s carbon footprint will reduce dramatically
- Minimal maintenance – an annual check is all that’s normally needed
- A solution that lasts – in most cases, the lifespan of a solar hydronic heating/cooling system will outlast the building it’s installed in
Frequently Asked Questions
A heat pump uses a refrigeration circuit to collect thermal energy from the air or ground. This energy is then used to heat water which is pumped through a hydronic system – such as radiators, underfloor, walls or ceiling panels – to warm or cool your home.
Heat pumps move heat from a natural source (the air or ground) rather than generating it from a fuel. While still needing electricity to run, a heat pump delivers far more energy than it uses – up to five times more energy in the right environment.
The efficiency a heat pump can achieve relies on good building insulation and proper installation.
Yes. The right sized heat pump can easily supply your whole home with heating and hot water. A hot water storage cylinder is used, so you’ll have hot water on demand, day and night.
Most definitely. With good building insulation and the right sized radiator panels, you will sail through winter in total warmth and comfort.
Yes you can, but you may need to add extra radiator panels.
Existing radiator systems with gas boilers have usually been sized and calculated on water temperatures of up to 85 degrees Celsius. On cold winter days in Melbourne, heat pumps can’t reach this temperature on their own.
You can make up the temperature difference by adding radiators or replacing existing radiators with bigger units to achieve the correct size output.
Alternatively, on the really cold days you could boost your heat pump’s heat output using retail electricity or gas, still only using a fraction of the energy resources you would normally use in winter.
The short answer is no. We highly recommend you insulate your home before spending money on any type of heating or cooling system.
Yes. The most efficient way to run a solar hydronic heating and hot water system is to draw the electricity for the heat pump from solar PV panels.
It is a good idea to set your solar electricity on a timer so that it powers your heat pump during the daylight hours. While your family is at work and school, your heat pump can do its job using 100% free energy, rather than giving it away by sending it back to the grid.
You’ll arrive home to the perfect temperature, and if the heat pump still needs to run, it won’t be put under maximum strain to maintain the perfect temperature.
Contact Melbourne Solar Heating
Melbourne Solar Heating offers you a friendly, reliable and expert service. For a free quote, to visit our showroom or for more information about solar heating, phone 1800 820 850 or email us.
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