Originally Posted by ircoha
An alternative view if I may with no intention to insult anyone
As we all know, hot water rises and cold water falls.
In a normally set up heat exchanger [HE] the hot water enters from the top and as it cools in the HE it gets heavier and will tend to fall through the HE and pull the water behind it, hence tending to increase the flow through the HE. A siphon effect if u wish.
Heat transfer is a function of many things, the one in question here is transit time through the HE.
The reverse will increase the transit time in the HE and may increase the efficiency of the HE in this particular context.
Interesting, Ircoha ...
So, in effect you are saying that there might be a method in the apparent madness of plumbing the flow and return from/to heat pump in the unconventional way (flow/top cylinder, return/bottom) ?
I went into the attic this evening and indeed the hotter pipe is the
one nearest the bottom. I was able to identify the other inlet/outlet
pipes (one coming from the main water tank and one feeding the
hot water taps in the house...i assume (at the very top of cylinder),
It's an indirect cylinder which is very well insulated.
As an aside.. I spoke to a knowledgeable engineer about the underfloor
controls (my heat pump was cycling and we weren't getting too much
heat late in the evenings). Our timer/controller unit which controls
priority of domestic hot water over underfloor delivery was supplied
by the UFH guys rather than the heat pump folks but it is very reputable.
The thing is ( I believe...) I am going to extend the hours that I have
the heat pump being called for heat during the offpeak period (12am-6am)
and I think this will give enough time for both hot water to be heated
as well as putting store into the downstairs floors so that they might
just need a topup (on a chilly evening). I've set the room stats to
20c in the times that they are calling for heat and 15C as the lowest
room temp (so that at daytime at the moment they will hardly ever
call for heat unless the room temp dips very low).