My heat pump has a habit of quickly ramping up the flow temperature up to the desired flow temperature.
Unfortunately that means:
- It’s spending more time running at less efficient flow temps
- It needs to de-frost itself
So I’ve taught it to behave more sensibly.
My control algorithm that turns the heat pump on chooses a low initial “desired” temperature. The heat pump ramps up to that and then I watch to see when it it starts to dip or if it’s been constant for quite a while. In that case I nudge up the desired temperature and the heat pump keeps chugging along rather than deciding it should give up.
In this graph you can see the desired temperature is slowly nudged up.
The initial desired temp is set based on the weather and the current flow temp. For example, we always make the initial desired temp higher than the recorded flow temp or else the heat pump decides it’s not worth doing anything.