Timely post, having got my overall COP sorted I’m nagging my installer about HW. I’ve got 73C at the end of my lunch cycle today with target of 54C. Compressor ends up at 65.9% but Power remains on Max. To be honest as you’ve indicated I don’t think the settings will give you much difference in either efficency or power consumption for the difference in time to heat.
Suspect its the Conf. DHW build. pump set to 100. This is where some definitions in the manual would help! Its either a misnamed parameter or needs explaining!
Really?! I’m not familiar with Vaillant, controls but I would be very surprised if there’s no way to set the max temperature.
That sounds like a good plan, I’ve also disabled legionella on my Samsung heatpump since it insists on using the immersion even though R32 in my Samsung is able to get the tank to 55C. I heat to 45C daily since my tank gets a high turnover.
Nah, the suggestion here is storing hot water from the heat pump directly in the cylinder, and then having a coil that heats up potable water later on request, using the heat stored in the cylinder. I believe that phase-change thermal storage devices (e.g. Sunamp) work in a similar way.
Heat batteries are quite commonly used, their main advantage is they take up less space than DHW tanks. The main manufacturer is https://sunamp.com. @Zapaman has a Sunamp heat battery with his ASHP.
The main disadvantage with heat batteries is there are a bit more expensive than DHW tanks and require a higher flow temp to recharge than a DHW tank, so they will result in slightly lower heat pump COP. However, this may somewhat negated by the lower thermal storage losses.
Heat batteries are a great solution for flats or apartments where space is limited.
Nope, haven’t done a legionella run for about 6 months now. I should really go back to my installer to speak to the Vaillant guru.
In other news I got an esera pcb that I’m going to hook up to the interface to see what I can pull from that. I’ve also jumped onto the Octopus Agile tariff so will play about with home assistant to see if I get that integrated with the Octopus API and Vaillant either through the SensoApp or the PCB. With the Agile tariff and some automation that will make my bills 50% or less compared to a boiler.
I am still looking for an installer for a heat pump who will install a direct system without hydraulic separation.
The latest visited last week and he seems to be good but is saying that he thinks there is need for a buffer tank and a separate circulation pump as the Vaillant heat pumps do not have powerful enough circulation pumps for a retrofit. He is saying they are really designed for new builds.
This seems odd to me as most of their business must be retrofits.
Should I be looking at a different heat pump manufacturer with better circulation pumps?