Heat Swimming Pool in Mallorca
with PV Solar Panels
Cost Effective, save money on fuel bills
Green Energy, Protect the Environment
Installing PV Solar Systems since 2008
Why go Solar with Photovoltaic Panels ?
Since the early 2000s, our clients have asked us how to use solar energy to heat their Pools. For years, that solution involved literally trapping the sun’s heat using solar thermal collectors and transferring it to water, which could then circulate using a radiant loop. No more!
Today, efficient air source Air-Water heat pumps are the system of choice for both new construction and existing pools to heat, with or without solar energy.
An air source heat pump uses the same technology as a geothermal heat pump, but since it uses ambient air as its source (hence ‘air source’) it is a much simpler project, and as a result, a smaller upfront investment. Heat pumps used to mainly be seen in the Mid-Atlantic or Southern Countries, but thanks to dramatic improvements in their low-temperature performance, they are being rapidly adopted also in north countries. The latest generation of heat pumps can provide heating to temps as low as 2 degrees.
The vast majority of the systems we install are ductless, consisting of an outside compressor/evaporator and an inside air handler. The units are connected using copper refrigerant line and we triple evacuate the lines with a deep vacuum and dry nitrogen purge, before charging them with an advanced refrigerant for the most efficient and reliable installation.
Based on current grid electricity prices, it costs the equivalent of around € 0,4/litter of oil to heat with a heat pump, and using solar energy, as little as € 0,20/litter!
In cooling mode, a modern heat pump is roughly 1/2 the operating cost of a window unit air conditioner
Heating Water with Solar Energy
Water heating may not be the ‘sexiest’ application of solar technology, but it is one of the most cost-effective and powerful. For a home heating domestic hot water with an oil-fired boiler, you can save more than 300 gallons of oil per year for an average family of four by switching to solar hot water!
Like with heat pumps, the preferred way to get solar hot water in 2017 is to install a solar electric system, and then generate electricity which can be used to power an electric water heater. However, instead of any big-box store water heater, we strongly recommend a well-made Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH) which offers an incredible combination of efficiency and convenience.
Some facts about Heat Pump Water Heaters
- Instead of MAKING heat, they simply move it from one place to another, making them much more efficient than conventional electric water heaters, or other ways to make hot water.
- While they make heat, they also help dehumidify the room they are in.
- Highly insulated, meaning the energy you do use for hot water is not wasted in ‘standby losses’ as the tank sits idle.
- Available in large tank sizes, which means that you can easily meet the needs of a 4+ person household with a heat pump water heater.
- One of the only water heating systems that can be solar powered!