What is a Heat Pump
A heat pump is a device that draws heat from the outside and transfers it into your house to provide space heating and domestic hot water.
There are two kinds of heat pumps; air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps. Ground source heat pumps which use bore holes or thousands of meters of plastic pipe buried in the garden tend to be very expensive to install and are not popular in the UK.
Air Source heat pumps are booming in popularity due to their simplicity to install, cost effectiveness and ease of maintenance.
Air Source Heat Pump
An air source heat pump (ASHP) is usually placed outside at the side or back of a property, and takes heat from the air and boosts it to a higher temperature using a heat pump. This heat is then used to heat radiators or underfloor heating systems and hot water in your home.
The pump needs electricity to run, but as it typically produce 3-4 units of heat for each unit of electricity it is classified as a renewable energy source and has the potential to save homeowners considerable money on their heating and hot water bill
Why Air Source Heat pumps
- Reduce heating costs by typically 40-50% if you are using oil or LPG
- Reduce your maintenance costs
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Simple to integrate into your existing heating system
- Highly compatible with other renewables particularly solar hot water and pv.
- Operates down to -20C
- Proven technology already well established in other EU countries.