In this study, the characteristics of solar assisted heat pump are investigated theoretically and experimentally for clear days during the seven months of the winter season in Istanbul/Turkey. A theoretical model was developed and a computer program was written on this basis. The characteristics such as; daily average collector efficiency and solar radiation, monthly average heat transfer at the condenser, monthly average cooling capacity, the mean COP and the mean COP for total system were examined. The theoretical results were found to be in good agreement with the experimental values. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd.