SOLAR ELECTRICITY PANEL GRANTS ARE NO LONGER VIABLE ....
The grant for Photovoltaic or PV is now down to 10 cents a KW which means it only pays for systems above 10KW (60 panels) which is simply too many panels for even a large household. Unfortunately battery based systems are still too expensive and unreliable to install. This will change with cheaper lithium based battery packs like the TESLA Powerwall but we do not know when they are available in Europe.
Please be wary of any installers claiming any return on investment below 7 years as this will invariably flout the laws of physics and economics.
Systems are available for self consumption but there is a limit to what is viable - i.e. you would have to use all the power that is generated for it to make economic sense so there is no point installing too much. The consensus is that up to 3 KW (12 panels) is the maximum limit you should consider but 1.5kw (6 panels) is the more common threshold. These systems still have to be registered with EDP and installed by certified installers with certified equipment.
You can view the plug-in solar info here - Plug in Photovoltaic!
Penguin's air conditioning maintenance service ensures that your systems continue to provide optimum indoor climate control. Our qualified technicians carry out a series of standard inspection tests and maintenance services for indoor and outdoor units:
- Checking pipework seals and electrical connections
- Cleaning all filters and moving parts
- Testing all operational modes
- Sanitising & freshening the system
For ducted-type systems, we also offer a comprehensive fumigation and cleansing service using purpose-designed equipment to spray a chemical mist throughout all ductwork. Suitable for ducted systems commonly found in hospitals, hotels and other public buildings, this disinfects bacteria (e.g. Legionella), fungal growth and viruses.
Our inspection can detect and correct potential failures either before they occur or before they develop into major defects.
The Algarve is unique in the fact that a lot of residences are holiday homes and air conditioning units are inactive for most of the year which can cause problems such as clogged up filters and refrigerant leaks.
Our customers often ask what is the difference between "maintenance" and "repair". Our maintenance contract is designed to detect or prevent a fault from occuring. But air conditioning units have a lot of mechanical parts and faults will occur over time, despite our best efforts - and this is where "repairing" comes in. Repairing is when we are called out, or have contacted the customer as a result of a maintenance inspection, to fix a fault. Our commercial maintenance contracts have a preferential clause which waives the callout charge if a fault is detected - of course we still have to charge for time and materials, but we do not undertake any repair without calling the customer first.
Our proactive maintenance contracts are ideal for Villa Managment companies, as everything is in perfect working order when the owner arrives.
We perform the following tests for each unit:
Cycle through the modes of operation to ensure correct working order.
Clean all internal and external unit filters
Clean all external unit condenser fins
Check water condensate drainage and clear all blockages
Check for refrigerant leaks
Check all electrical wiring and fuse boxes for faults
The advantage of regular maintenance inspection is that it can:
- Detect and correct potential failures, either before they occur, or before they develop into major defects
- Detect any hazardous or damaging situation such as faulty or crumbling wiring and water leakages which can cause condensation and structural damage to your villa.
- Extend the average lifespan of the unit beyond the normal 6-7 years
- Increase the efficiency of the units which saves energy (and money)
- Maintain optimum working conditions (dirty filters and low condenser refrigerant can reduce the capability of air conditioning units by as much as 40%)
From this visit we will provide a written report listing all models and serial numbers, the checks performed and the explanation for them, and any significant faults or problems will be listed and a recommendation provided.
To view an example of this report please >>>> click here <<<<.
Heat pumps, heat exchangers, and solar pool heating across the Algarve - Jandy, Heat Siphon, Zodiac, and Heat Perfector.
Heat pumps or heat exchangers are the most efficient, trouble-free way of swimming pool heating. Heat pumps run on electricity and emit absolutely no exhausts that pollute the air – they are low NOx by definition.
They work by extracting heat from the air and transferring it into the pool water. Since the air is always warm when the pool is in use, it is the perfect and most efficient use for a heat pump. Heat pumps are so efficient at transferring this heat that they operate at a lower cost than natural gas.
Enjoy warm pool water this summer with an efficient, non-polluting heat pump.
We're open 5 days a week, from 9.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday. You can contact our Almancil showroom directly by phoning our service hotline: 910 700 777 or our office line: (00351) 289 092 595 or contacting us through our contact page.
We're one of the top installers of air conditioning and solar heating systems in the Algarve and carry stocks of leading manufacturers including Mitsubishi, Daikin, Samsung, Panasonic, LG and SANYO. All our vehicles carry fully equipped workshops to instantly fix any type of cooling or heating emergency.
Penguin's aim is to offer cooling and heating solutions for the home and office with energy-saving as our guiding principle. We believe it is our obligation to promote the practice of responsible energy consumption, offering our clients the most efficient solutions wherever possible...
Installation of solar heating and solar energy panels for swimming pools and villas in the Algarve.
Blessed with the most annual sunshine in Europe, the Algarve is ideal for solar technology. This, set in a context of rising bills and a movement towards energy-efficiency and a cleaner environment, means that more and more Algarve homeowners are nowadays turning to the sun.
Air conditioner installation, air con maintenance - split/multi inverters and heat pumps from Mitsubishi, Daikin, Panasonic, Sanyo, Samsung, LG.
PENGUIN offers a range of air conditioning systems to suit all needs, whether for your entire home for one or more rooms, or for your business.
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