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Air-Sourced Hydrocarbon-Charged Heat Pumps
Specifically designed for Hydronic Heating
3yrs Warranty* on all 2017 Skyline Energy manufactured heatpumps!
*3yrs return to base warranty covering all major components - does not include return freight
A very efficient way to heat your home
- Awesome performance and efficiency - Now with "Owlet" fans
- Designed and supported locally by Skyline Energy
- Hydrocarbon charged - more efficient than standard refrigerant charge, and less wear & tear on the refrigeration system
- No inefficient back-up element required
- Copeland Scroll compressors
- Automatic defrost
- Easy installation
- You can depend on our 15yrs+ experience
Check this out ! - Skyline Energy SX-13CCZA
Panel radiators and heatpumps ? YES!
We have the experience AND the heatpumps!
- produce, supply, and install hydrocarbon-charged heatpumps
for Hydronic Heating
- design and supply complete hydronic heating kits for plumbers to install
- can design, supply and arrange installation of hydronic heating in some areas
- installed our first air sourced heatpump in 2002
- installed our first hydronic heatpump system in 2005
All of our hydronic heatpumps/buffertanks/pumps etc. are available to all hydronics installers. Simply ask your builder or hydronic installers to quote on Skyline Energy heatpump systems
If you are an owner/builder we can provide a complete design and any or all components for you and your trades to install
Simply call 1300 552 976 for more information or send us an email
Simplified rules for sizing your heatpump for . . . . .
MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY AND SERVICE LIFE!
- Calculate how many kW are required
- Look at the climatology of the location to establish the duration of 0oC to +4oC. Don’t just look at the extreme temps, look at the mean overnight temp and duration
- If the ambient air temp rarely dips below +4oC or does so for short periods then you can use this simple calculation...
3.3x electricity input kW = heatpump output (ZA hydrocarbon models) kW to size the heatpump.
- If the mean overnight ambient air temp is between 0oC and +4oC change the calculation to
2.5 x electricity input kW = heatpump output (ZA hydrocarbon models) kW to size the heatpump.
- A more powerful heatpump will raise the water temp more rapidly so it will cycle off before it needs to defrost,
thereby maintaining a higher COP and efficiency.
- If your building has very poor thermal efficiency (leaks heat energy) this will lead to longer running time increasing the likely need for defrosting which leads to higher running cost.
- Skyline Energy heatpumps do not modulate output like gas boilers, so it is also important not to oversize which will cause short-cycling, or increase the water storage capacity. (greater water storage can work against you in the shoulder periods where heating may not be required for more than a few days, as you need to reheat ALL the water in order to be able to use it)
ALL SKYLINE ENERGY BRAND HEATPUMPS CAN NOW
BE ORDERED WITH
ZIEHL-ABEGG "OWLET" FANS,
FOR MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY AND LOWER NOISE LEVEL
RECOMMENDED FOR URBAN ENVIRONMENTS
Home Heating with Radiant Floor Heat vs Forced Air
Why is radiant floor heat better than forced air heat (ducted/aircon)?
It is more comfortable, more energy efficient, provides a healthier environment and is more aesthetically pleasing.
Radiant Heating is Comfortable Heating!
Comfort is hard to define and is best understood as the absence of discomfort. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about radiant floor heat is what you won't notice. There are no forced air registers to see. No noise or dust from mechanical blowers. No hot air blowing on you. No hot air collecting at the ceiling, wasting energy. No cold floors to chill your feet. The mild warmth of a radiant floor is a subtle experience and always feels just right
Radiant Floor Heat Saves Energy
It takes less energy to heat a home with radiant floor heating than a forced air system
Radiant Heat is Healthy Heat
Forced air systems not only blow hot air, they also push allergens, dust and other airborne particles around your home. Improved indoor air quality can reduce allergies, medical bills, incidences of asthma and more. European studies indicate that dust mite populations are reduced as much as 90% in radiant heated homes. A quiet, peaceful environment, devoid of noisy fans and blowers, is a healthier and more relaxing environment too.
New WiFi Thermostats for remote heating control
Solar Rebates FALLING
in the last few weeks we have seen the STC trading price fall from $38/STC to $28/STC and rumours are that it is not finished falling . . . putting pressure on the entire solar market as installed system prices rise accordingly
Sanden Heatpump Study
According to a >case study< of a suburban Melbourne home, conducted by Bruce Rowse (M.AIRAH) and printed in the AIRAH Feb 2017 Journal, a Sanden ECO Heatpump hot water unit "uses one-fifth the energy of a gas hot water service" , , ,
"This is just 19% of the expected energy consumption of a 6 star gas hot water heater"
Ecolibrium is the official journal of the
Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating
Heatpump Hot Water:
Do you want to SAVE 80% of the electricity to heat your water compared to an electrici hot water service ? Then get the new
>Sanden ECO PLUS< heatpump!
Yes there are alternative heatpumps that are a bit cheaper, but none are as efficient or as quiet as the 38db Sanden ECO PLUS!
>We supply and install Sanden ECO PLUS Hot Water Heatpumps<
NOTE: The Sanden ECO PLUS heatpump is designed to heat potable hot water for your house and provide many years of trouble free service.
The Sanden ECO PLUS heatpump was not designed for hydronic heating, and Sanden will not provide a warranty on hydronic installations. For hydronic heating please have a look at our Skyline Energy Hydronic Heatpumps below!
>Gas, now off the agenda . . . <
for any project pursuing the most sustainable practice. Hot water, cooking, the lot – but replaced with what?
The drivers for change? Technology and economics have moved on dramatically in the last couple of years. Solar power is now so cheap, and heat pumps and induction cooking so efficient, it actually makes more economic sense to get back to the old 60’s saying “Live better electrically”. There are various ways of setting this up, with or without generous feed-in tariffs.
The best method is to align most of the building’s loads with the peak solar (PV) productive hours. For example, an efficient heat pump, with a coefficient of performance of 4 or better (CoP = units of heat produced for every unit of energy consumed), can heat a 315L tank in a few hours, in winter. This is stored for later use either as potable hot water, or for hydronic heating, or both. Hydronic heating has no equal in the pleasant radiant heat it imparts to occupants. The cost of a combination hot water and hydronic heat pump system has almost halved by using PV powered heat pumps instead of solar-gas systems. And they can achieve zero emissions, with zero running costs. Envirotecture
". . . connecting a new or existing home to the mains gas network today is now the most expensive long-term energy supply option"
". . . As gas becomes increasingly a discretionary fuel, will the gas networks go into a ‘death spiral’ causing asset writedowns and leaving more costs to be recovered from disadvantaged consumers?"
Alternative Technology Association
“Australia doesn't need more gas . . . ."
. . . . it’s as simple as that,” said
Wilderness Society director Lyndon Schneiders.
“We don’t have a gas supply crisis, we have a gas price crisis, and more gas is not going to reduce domestic gas prices as they are now linked to the international market thanks to the multinationals exporting our gas.
Australia’s gas production has more than doubled since 2015 yet gas prices have tripled, crippling households and the manufacturing sector.”
Can I go GAS now and upgrade to heatpump later, or upgrade existing GAS to heatpump?
simply Yes for slab heating.
Yes conditional for panel radiator heating. Size the panels for 50C water temp - this will mean bigger panels, but not much extra cost. For existing panel radiator systems, turn down your boiler to about 50C -55C if the panels provide enough heat then yes we can do an upgrade.
Sanden Heat-pump Hydronics ?
Were you sold a Sanden heat-pump system for hydronics?
We have been contacted numerous times by customers who were ill-advised and were sold hydronics systems running from multiple Sanden Heat-pumps. (not by us) Unfortunately, most of these systems were undersized, working the Sandens far beyond their design capabilities, systems never working properly, and leading to premature failure of the heat-pumps.
Sanden heat-pumps were, and still ARE the best heat-pumps for potable hot water, and if they had been sized correctly may have coped as hydronic heat-pumps even though that was never their intended application.
If you are such a customer, we can help you try correct the situation, and replace the Sandens with an adequately sized Skyline Energy hydronic heatpump. You may be able to re-use the tank and one of the heat-pumps for dedicated potable hot water, and recoup some of the original cost of the other heat-pumps.
For more information please >>contact Skyline Energy<<.
Air Sourced Hydronic Heatpump
- Slab Heating
- Under Floor Heating
- Radiator Panel Heating
- Full replacement for, or booster for:
poor performing Solar hydronics
old wood/electric/oil hydronics
uneconomical LPG/GAS hydronics
The age of GAS is over
Download datasheets for:
1x compressor 240v, single fan, side-discharge,
NOTE: Larger air-sourced heatpumps may not be suitable if sound-level is a factor
1x compressor 240v dual fan, side discharge
dual compressor 240v, 1ph or 2ph, dual fan, top discharge
dual compressor 380v, 3ph, for BIG homes and commercial projects
bare heatpumps available from A$3,900 incl GST
(buffertank, circulating pumps etc. not included)
Trade Pricing &
support also available
Skyline Energy - Experts in efficiently heating water:
Don't kid yourself!
We see all sorts of ideas and formulas typically on forums about heating homes with solar tubes and fancy tanks, but in the end we see disappointing systems that don't do what they are supposed to do - keep you warm in winter!
Be realistic right from the outset, it takes a lot of energy to keep a house warm, and if you are worried about the initial heating system costs and ongoing running costs BUILD/MOVE TO A SMALLER HOUSE . . . .
We research and offer the most cost-efficient water heaters for winter hydronic heating.
Natural GAS prices are set for drastic increase
If you don't have Natural GAS or don't want to use Natural GAS, the optimum system if you have the power to drive it, is an appropriately sized, dedicated Air-Sourced Heat-Pump! - Add solar electricity if you can. You can forget Geothermal systems unless you want bragging rights on how much money you wasted.
Air-sourced+Solar Electricity = lower initial cost and lower running cost than Geothermal
Skyline Energy Hydrocarbon Hydronic Heat Pumps:
Hydrocarbon vs conventional refrigerant:
Our considerable and comprehensive in-house research and development tests, backed by independant industry experts, have shown that the performance difference offered by hydrocarbons over conventional refrigerants can be up to about 20%, AND reduces wear and tear on the components!
- Perfect for Hydronic Heating
- High Efficiency 'Solar' Hot Water
- Can be offset with Solar Electricity
- Can be the back-up for wood-boiler instead of an element
- Can replace a poor-performing solar-hybrid hydronics heater
- Can replace an expensive to run LPG hydronics boiler
- *3yrs warranty on all 2017 model hydronic heatpumps
(there may be a travel charge for on-site service if there is a significant distance)
Hydronic Heating systems - Never be cold again
If you've ever experienced the luxury of a heated floorslab, or stepping from the shower into a warm towel, on a cold winters day, you'll know why Hydronic Heating systems are becoming very popular.
There are no drafts from forced air movement, you are just gently bathed in a warm environment. It's safe for all the family and great for people with allergies.
Water can be heated by GAS, LPG, Wood,
(Geothermal) Heat Pump, Water-Sourced, Air Sourced
Heat Pump, or even a combination of one or more of these.
For Australian conditions we generally recommend Air Sourced Heat Pumps as they
provide the greatest overall control, sustainability
and cost efficiency compared to straight GAS, LPG, Wood,
and electric systems.
Skyline Energy pioneered the use of air sourced heat pumps
for hydronic heating and continue to lead the field. Although our research shows that Evacuated Tube Solar provide very little additional heat for hydronics use, we will integrate them if you already have them!
Heat-pump running cost less than GAS and far less than LPG
Electricity AND GAS prices are constantly rising, and solar electricity costs continue to fall, so although installing an air-sourced electric heat-pump will cost more initially, there will be significant cost savings over time.
Electric heater = 1:1 Winter only Hydronic Heat-Pump typically = 1:3 (avge)
Electric heater = 1:1 Potable water all-yr-round Heat-Pump typically = 1:4 (avge)
Electric heater = 1:1 Summer only Pool Heat-Pump typically = 1:5 (avge)
There are lots of factors that affect
the COP of a heat-pump:
- The ambient air temperature
- The starting or returning water temperature
- The gas/refrigerant used
- The water flow rate
- Local voltage fluctuation
- The input kW will also vary with the other variables
There is no such thing as "over-unity", energy in must equal energy out. The MAGIC is where the energy-in comes from and how efficiently it can be harnessed.
The Coefficient of Performance (COP) is simply a way
of measuring the efficiency of something. It is the
ratio of energy in vs energy out. A COP
of 3 means 3x units of energy out for 1x unit in. In
our case with air-to-water heat-pumps, the difference
in the numbers is the energy harnessed from the air
- at COP=3, 3kW of heat energy out comes from 1kW of electricity in, and 2kW of "solar" (heat) energy in, from the air.
All Skyline Energy Air Sourced Hydrocarbon Charged Hydronic Heatpumps are fine-tuned individually for MAXIMUM C.O.P. efficiency!
Why don't we state the output in kW ?
The kW output of ALL air-sourced heatpumps is a variable. It would be misleading to state the kW output without listing all the other variables, input kW (itself a variable!), returning water temperature, ambient air temperature, water flow rate, refrigerant type - and even local voltage fluctuations.
If you want to use your heat-pump/boiler to heat your pool as well as your house, you will need an external heat exchanger
We offer a range of "shell and tube" heat-exchangers in two types, Titanium heat-exchangers and 316 Grade Stainless Steel heat-exchangers. (also suitable for a wide range of other commercial/industrial applications)
If you are completely off-grid, AND/OR you:
- Have access to about 4000Lt of waste oil per year,
- and, you don't mind getting your hands dirty
Then perhaps a waste oil burner for hydronics could be a good alternative solution for you.
Current technology waste oil burners are surprisingly environmentally friendly, but they do require maintenance involving cleaning etc. and handling of the waste oil, so they are not for everybody - ideal for a technically minded user like a car mechanic, tradesman etc.
They typically use about 3 to 4 litres of oil per hour.
RETAIL & TRADE SALES:
SX-04 for MAX 40sqm slab
(or for 35sqm RADs)*
SX-06 for MAX 60sqm slab
(or for 50sqm RADs)*
SX-08 for MAX 80sqm slab
(or for 65sqm RADs)*
SX-13CC for MAX 130sqm slab
(or for 95sqm RADs)*
SX-17CC for MAX 170sqm slab
(or for 130sqm RADs)*
SX-17DC Mult-Speed INVERTER -
MAX 170sqm slab (139sqm RADs)*
SX-24 MAX 240sqm SLAB
(or for 200sqm RADs)*
V25 MAX 250sqm SLAB
(or for 210sqm RADs)*
V35 MAX 350sqm SLAB
(or for 300sqm RADs)*
V42 MAX 420sqm SLAB
(or for 350sqm RADs)*
V50-3 MAX 500sqm SLAB
(or for 400sqm RADs)*
V60-3 MAX 600sqm SLAB
*SIZING IS APPROXIMATE - FOR SLAB HEATING IN THERMALLY EFFICIENT NEW 5-STAR HOMES BELOW 500m ALTITUDE.
A HIGHER CAPACITY HEATPUMP CAN ACHIEVE GREATER OVERALL EFFICIENCY SO DON'T UNDERSIZE YOUR HEATPUMP!
PLEASE CALL FOR FURTHER SIZING INFORMATION
Water-flow rate through the heat exchanger in the heatpump is critical to efficiency and usually higher than required through hydronics, so a buffertank is essential.
An appropriate capacity expansion tank, pressure relief valve etc is required on all pressurised hydronics systems.
Skyline Energy offer a range of high quality competatively priced hot water circulating pumps.
Skyline Energy Cold Climate heatpumps are the trusted name in hydronics throughout Australia, and despite what you may have heard can efficiently heat water hot enough for hydronic heating radiators and towel rails!
With predictions of sharply rising electricity AND GAS prices, Skyline Energy's unique Air Sourced, hydrocarbon charged, Ziehl-Abegg "owl" fan Heatpumps AND Solar Electricty offer the most cost-efficient long-term solution.
Some want a wood-fired hydronic system:
Heat Pump Wood Boiler back-up System
Instead of the traditional electric element backup,
why not use a heat-pump that will provide the same (or
more) energy but consume 60-70% less electricty!
How does this work
The wood boiler system heats water in a storage tank
which supplies the hydronic panels or floorcoils with
hot water. When the fire dies down and the water starts
to cool, and if the hydronics needs more heat, the control
system will fire-up the heat-pump to replace the heat
from the fire. Once the water in the tank reaches its
optimum temperature, (with or without a rekindled fire)
the heat-pump is automaticay switched off.
Best of both worlds
Sizing the heat Pump depends on whether you want just
boosting, (a small heat pump like the SX-07) or a heat
pump that gives you the flexibility to use either wood
or dedicated heat pump whenever you want.
Do you want to lower your energy bills?
Solar technology continues to leap forward with inteligent inverters that "learn" your power usage patterns and self adjust to maximise the benefits from battery systems, they even use your internet connection to access weather forecasts to predict solar yield and decide whether to charge from low-cost off-peak/time-of-use tarifs - its all about maximising solar self-consumption. We've have done the training and have the expertise to advise which system is right for you, and all you need to do is enjoy the results from the system.
Skyline energy installed our first heatpump hot water service in 2002. Since then we have installed thousands. We have not supplied any rooftop "solar" hot water systems for years!
3. >Home Heating< - Hydronic heating - Simply the best
Skyline Energy is the undisputed leader in the field of hydronic heating with heatpumps, and our continuous R&D program ensures we stay at the top. Let us exceed your expectations!
Solar Electricity with Battery Storage
Traditional solar inverter systems do not have capacity for *storage,so the excess solar energy you generate is lost back to the grid. With no stored electricity in reserve, when the sun goes down you have to sourcepower from the grid.
*(storage can be added later but a replacement or additional inverter will be required)
Redback inteligent inverters
Skyline Energy can offer you the state-of-the-art Redback "hybrid" Inverter masterminded by Australian solar experts! with >Lithium Battery Technology<
Inteligent technology that gives you the power to store, monitor and manage your home’s solar energy all in a compact, elegantly design unit mounted either inside or outside your home.
You can also upgrade your existing solar system !
Redback inverters can also be coupled with a range of other battery technologies, such as LG Chem Lithium, Pylontech Lithium etc.
Redback have developed a matching battery storage cabinet to house Lithium batteries, with inbuilt cooling fan to keep batteries cool, and can be installed inside or outside.
The overall output of traditional, single-inverter type solar electricity systems can be compromised by partial shading and aging or underperforming of individual panels. The Tigo Optimizer maximises the output of each solar panel in your system.
This is done by making solar panels run independently of each other, so one panel is not dragged down by the shade, soiling or mismatch of the other panels.This increases the overall output of your solar system.
Safety is also increased, as the Tigo optimizer deactivates the panel in any unsafe situation.
Solar Hot Water - Harnessing free energy from the sun - even in the dark!
Offset your air sourced heat pump hydronics running costs with >Solar Electricity<
Make that call today - 1300 552 976
The solar hot water systems we're all used to seeing on the roof, are not always the best environmental solution!
The >Sanden ECO< heat pumps are whisper quiet & extremely efficient, using a small amount of energy to collect the abundant heat that the sun puts into the air we breathe, and may be the overall best system for your specific situation. Industry leading performance means higher rebates are available for our heat pumps.
Why we don't recommend Evacuated-Tube systems:
The Solar/GAS age is over, and electric element boosters are inefficient, and . . . .
>Victoria State Government homeowner guide to sustainability (PDF)< page 4, table 1.1, supports our claim that heat-pumps can have a significantly lower lifecycle carbon footprint than solar-boosted electric systems:
- avge heat pump produces 23 tonnes CO2 emissions
- avge solar-boosted electric produces 33 tonnes CO2 emissions
In other areas results
may vary, but in almost all conditions, Sanden 'ECO' heatpumps
will outperform most other heat-pumps and even solar boosted electric systems.
Save your roofspace for Solar Electricity,
and install a heat-pump on the ground - higher return
Conventional Solar-Boosted Electric Hot Water systems actually rely on inefficient Electric-Element boosters - especially when you need it most IN WINTER!
A >Sanden ECO PLUS heat pump< will:
You don't have to worry about leaving the booster off - there isn't one.
- NOT put you at risk
- ensure your water ALWAYS reaches and maintains safe temperature
- kill or prevent harmful bacteria
- save you money
Read more about the >'Solar Myth'<
Our high efficiency, long life stainless steel
heat-pumps are accredited for solar rebates,
nothing on your roof, robust, more efficient, and simple
Regardless if you currently have an off-peak electric hot water service, or a GAS hot water service, upgrade NOW - to one of our sensational heat-pumps (and solar electricty to drive your heatpump and your other appliances!)
>Sanden ECO PLUS heatpump< energy saving 80%* and therefore eligible for highest energy saving STC 'solar' rebate of any heatpump
No electric element, and whisper quiet at on 38dBa!
* calculated using Australian Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) methodology
Solar Hot Water - no roof panels
Eligible for all solar rebates*
Over *$1,700 in STC & Victoria State Electric Changeover Solar rebates still
*as at 1st Sept 2016
Save your roofspace for Solar Electricity,
and install a >Sanden ECO heat-pump< water heater on the ground - higher return
on investment than electric solar hot water systems.
(*depends on model, location, and existing conditions)
GAS/Solar Hot Water systems:
WE NO LONGER OFFER GAS/SOLAR SYSTEMS