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FAQ 2016-11-06T10:32:25+00:00
2015-12-07T10:34:01+00:00

Are There Any Incentives To Buy The SunPump In My Area?

Incentives vary greatly depending on your area and local government, so you will have to check with your provincial and federal programs. It is worth keeping in mind that the cost of installing a SunPump has been shown to add more value to a home than the price of installation. This (along with the additional savings that come with renewable energy use) makes the SunPump a sound investment even without incentives.

2015-12-07T10:44:45+00:00

How Is SunPump Different Than Solar Thermal?

Because the SunPump uses a refrigerant that boils at -50°C (-58°F), the SunPump is able to work in the dark, in rain or snow, and at sub-freezing ambient temperatures. Solar thermal traditionally uses a water/glycol mix that boils at a higher temperature, making solar thermal systems less efficient and more dependant on fair weather.

2015-12-07T11:34:46+00:00

How Does SunPump Compare to Ground Source Heat Pumps?

The SunPump is more efficient and cheaper than geothermal ground source heat pumps. The refrigerant SunPump uses in its rooftop solar panels boils at -50°C (-58°F), allowing for sufficient energy to be generated to heat a home without the ground loop or well required by ground source heat pumps.

2015-12-07T10:41:19+00:00

How Is SunPump Different Than Solar PV?

While solar PV (Photo Voltaic) converts visible light into DC electrical power, the SunPump converts a wider spectrum of light into heat. More importantly, the SunPump panels contain a refrigerant that boils at -50°C (-58°F), allowing the SunPump to draw considerable amounts of energy from the ambient air surrounding the panel as well as from direct sunlight. This makes the SunPump far more efficient and cost effective than solar PV, while simultaneously allowing the SunPump to function 24 hours a day and in bad weather. For those interested in solar PV, SunPump v.4 uses Combined Heat & Power (CHP) to generate both heat and additional electricity from the same panels.

2015-12-07T11:11:41+00:00

How Cold Can It Get Outdoors And Still Have The SunPump Work?

For a SunPump to work proficiently for both space heating and domestic hot water, the outside temperature needs to be over -15°C (5°F). Once the ambient air temperature outdoors drops below -15°C, the heating load increases and the heat pump's efficiency begins to decrease. Every SunPump comes with a built-in 7500 watt electric backup generator, which kicks in immediately should the outside temperature fall too low.

2015-12-07T10:55:58+00:00

How Long Does The SunPump Take To Install?

The estimated installation time is about 1/2 day for each of the four trades involved (Plumber, electrician, HVAC and panel installer). If one or more of installers is still learning how to install a SunPump, it is possible that they might take longer to complete their section of the installation. If this occurs, they should not bill you for the extra time taken.

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