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New heating/cooling system harnesses proven technologies for the home

by Kelly Waterhouse

ARISS - It might not be new technology, but a pilot project here is the first of its kind in Canada to create a remarkable energy efficient heating/cooling system.

Created by Matt Ward, of Ward Heating Products, the solar powered heating and cooling system combines the proven benefits of solar energy with the existing technology of a high efficiency ductless mini split heat pump, with advanced inverter technology.

“It’s cutting edge technology with a cutting edge idea,” Ward said. “It really could be revolutionary for heating and cooling.”

The indoor/outdoor unit combines AC voltage from the power grid and the natural element of solar to provide consistent heating or up to 139 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) in cooling mode.

Ward confirms his current system ranges from 7,000 to 13,000 per cent efficiency.

Given that a high efficiency gas furnace offers a rate of 97 per cent efficiency, the numbers confound contractors who are intrigued by the system.

“This system could reduce our dependence on fossil fuels significantly,” Ward said. “It reduces our requirements for electricity to heat and cool our homes.”

While geothermal continues to be a leading force in energy savings, Ward believes this system is up to 20 times more efficient. That’s good news for people who don’t have land in the countryside, where geothermal is an affordable option.

“In town, geothermal is expensive ... this is accessible to everyone. You need roof  space for a five foot high by three and a half foot wide panel.”

The systems will install for  approximately the same price per tonne as a geothermal unit.

“The systems are economically installed and are dependable, reliable and with proven technologies,” Ward said.

Implementing the technology at his company’s office and workshop this spring, Ward continues to be impressed by the cost savings.

Utilizing live data electrical monitoring software, the system constantly tracks energy usage to determine daily billing off the grid and peak usage times, offering an immediate tally of  cost savings.

While evenings provide obvious spikes without the sun’s power, the grid hydro is cheaper. “It all averages out,” Ward confirmed.

“This is a totally free market. The customer doesn’t have to worry about government grants or retrofit grants at all,” Ward explains. “It’s just about how much hydro you can save.

“For families, it’s a great idea,” Ward said.

“A homeowner can save in natural gas or fuel oil, whatever they use.”

Another benefit is that technology does not require upgrades. The wiring duct work is outside. Solar panels have a 25-year life expectancy.

“Solar panels are not considered permanent,” Ward explains, noting this means even historical properties can utilize the technology.

Ward has invited trades interested in the product to visit the Ariss facility. The company deals only with licensed contractors.

“The trades are impressed by how easy the system is to install,” Ward said.

Since the spring launch, the Solar Powered Heating and Cooling System has garnered Ward interest from trade professionals looking at alternative energies and their customers.

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August 24, 2012


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