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South Africa has experienced sharp increases in the price of electricity over the last few years.
This trend seems set to continue for the foreseeable future, not only are we experiencing rising costs, but Eskom is constantly pleading with consumers to cut electricity consumption to avoid load shedding.
It’s a well known fact that almost half of all power consumed in an average home is utilised by the geyser.
Existing geysers are an inefficient method of heating water, for every 1 KW of electricity consumed we get 1 KW of heating energy.
Heat Pumps are on average four times more efficient than the standard geyser element, for every 1 KW of electricity consumed we get 4 KW of heating energy, resulting in a massive 75% reduction in our water heating costs.
Depending on your lifestyle a Heat Pump will effectively pay for itself in under two years and provide you with many more hassle free years of savings thereafter.
Installing a hybrid system could reduce your water heating costs to virtually zero and even provide you with hot water during power failures. A heat pump combined with a solar water heater which heats up the water using free natural sunlight before it enters the geyser, the heat pump then only kicks in when the solar energy is insufficient to cover your demand for hot water.
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Heat Pump.
A heat pump is similar to an Air Conditioning unit and requires a suitable installation position, while a heat pump is quiet, it is not absolutely silent and should not be installed where it may disturb you or your neighbours, especially at night.
Unlike Solar Systems that require direct sunlight to work a heat pump will provide you with hot water 24 hours a day 365 days a year, just like your existing geyser except it uses a fraction or the electricity. You save without having to make any lifestyle adjustments.
Owing to the greater heating power of a heat pump compared to a traditional geyser element your geyser water will be heated from cold quicker, reducing the wait time between showers for larger families, gyms, etc.
Owing to the heat pumps greater efficiency it is possible to run more than one geyser on a single heat pump, providing you with even greater savings.
Heat pumps are available in a range of sizes making them ideal for domestic, commercial and swimming pool use. You’ve invested a lot of money in a swimming pool, but you can only use it 3-4 months of the year, use it all year round with a swimming pool heat pump.