A SunPump is a hybrid renewable energy heating system designed to heat homes and domestic hot water. It combines elements of solar thermal heating with the efficiency of a heat pump at a performance level and cost that matches or surpasses non-renewable heating methods, such as natural gas or oil.
No. A SunPump is considered a home's primary source of heat. Traditionally, a basic hot water heat pump was used as a supplementary heat source. We have turned the table on that, creating a solar/heat pump hybrid that functions as a home's main heating method. The SunPump heats your home day and night, rain or shine, and with only one moving mechanical part, it is a remarkably reliable piece of technology.
Case studies have shown the SunPump to instantly add more value to a home than the initial cost of installation, making the return on your initial investment immediate. As the primary heating system in a home, the SunPump delivers low-cost renewable energy heat on demand, day and night.
Unlike solar PV or solar thermal, the SunPump is able to produce energy on demand, Summer and Winter, day and night, rain or snow. This makes the SunPump reliable and cost effective, not only when compared with other renewable energy heating systems, but with non-renewable sources of energy such as natural gas as well.
The design of the Sunpump is inspired by the solar heat pump, which was invented in the 1960's by NASA for use on the Apollo manned space missions. The SunPump is therefore not an entirely new invention, but rather a major innovation upon previously existing technology.
We have about twenty units (and growing rapidly) installed and working. The first owners of our SunPumps have been very satisfied and are generally extremely enthusiastic about our product. Many have been so helpful as to allow us test their systems in order to ensure impeccable performance and quality control for future customers. We believe that a tipping point has been reached in the public consciousness, whereby people actively want to choose renewable sources of energy, so long as it is affordable and efficient. The overwhelmingly positive reaction of our existing customers has reinforced this belief.
Snow in and of itself will not effect the SunPump. The SunPump uses a refrigerant that boils at -50°C (-58°F). It generates heat proficiently when the outdoor temperature is above -15°C (5°F). So long as the outdoor temperature does not fall below -15°C, the SunPump will continue to function proficiently, day and night, regardless of snow. A built-in 7500 watt generator kicks in if the temperature ever falls below -15°C, insuring that your home and domestic hot water always remain heated.