Living the dream


01 July 2019
Two Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap air to water heat pumps have helped to create an eco-friendly self-build dream home for a Cambridgeshire family.

Vincent and Jacqueline Haines wanted a reliable and renewable heating source to connect to two floors of underfloor heating for the 570sq ft Georgian-style property, in addition to a cost-effective supply of hot water for the kitchen and bathrooms.
It had always been a dream of trained architect Jacqueline to design and construct her own home and the project also incorporates triple glazing throughout and 43 solar photovoltaic panels.

The property is in a moderately remote location, and, with potential piping issues at the site, the family’s heating specialist, Roland Gurner from Eco Installer, investigated various renewable options and recommended two Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap heat pumps for the project, supplied by authorised Panasonic distributor Oceanair.

Vincent Haines said: “Panasonic is a well-known, reliable and efficient brand and proved excellent value for money. We opted to have smart remote controllers throughout the property, thus allowing us to monitor usage in each room. We have found the system to be reliable and energy efficient with the added benefit of a constant supply of free hot water.”

Ideal solution
Roland Gurner of Eco Installer said: “It was beneficial to be involved early on in this project, allowing us to look at the optimum space available for the units and advise on the best renewable solution. Two Panasonic Aquarea T-Caps were specified, partly because of the size of the property. It also means that when demand in the summer is lower and only the hot water is required, only one of the units is needed – of course this is also beneficial for the long-term impact and longevity of the system.”

Tony Holland from Oceanair said: “The Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap heat pump is very quiet compared to its competitors, aesthetically pleasing and highly energy efficient (COP of 5,08). The T-Cap stands for Total Capacity and can maintain the heating capacity even at very low temperatures. The T-Cap range is an ideal solution for this project as it can also be connected to a solar kit and smart controls in order to further increase efficiency and minimise the impact on the environment, which is precisely what the Haines family was looking for.”

The Aquarea T-Cap line-up can maintain the heat pump output capacity until -20oC outdoor temperature without the help of an electrical booster heater. The range is designed and produced by Panasonic and among the technologies listed on the International Energy Agency (IEA) Blue Map, whose goal is to reduce CO2 emissions to half the levels emitted in 2005, by the year 2050.
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