Air source heat pumps (ASHP) are a great way to provide warmth and coolness to your home or building by absorbing air from outdoors. But how can this mechanism turn freezing cold air outside into building water and how does boiling hot air outdoors turn into air-con. This will help you gain a better understanding of how these mechanisms work.
Gas and electric heating can often leave you with high bills at the end of the month, however, there are more efficient and eco-friendly ways to heat up your building, such as air source heat pumps (ASHP). Although ASHP can be quite pricy to install, they do have a high return on investment. Here you can find out information on the advantages of air source heat pumps as well as some disadvantages.
What is an Air Source Heat Pump?
This is a type of pump that transfers heat between the inside and outside of a building. This means that they can be used to heat or cool a room or building. When opting to use this type of system it can result in energy savings of up to 400%.
Advantages of Having an ASHP?
Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - This is a government environmental programme to provide financial incentives to increase the use of renewable energy in businesses. You can receive quarterly payments over 20 years based on the amount of heat generated.
Long Lifespan - They can last up to 20 years when taken care of properly. This means cleaning it out every few months as well as calling a technician to service it once a year. Some companies provide a maintenance contract so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Lower Carbon Footprint- It uses renewable and natural sources of air and turns it into heat. Although ASHPs have to use some form of electricity to power the pump, the good news is you can use wind and solar energy.
Save Money on Energy Bill – Depending on what type of heating system you are replacing will determine how much you save. Energy Saving Trust website found that in June 2018 the potential savings in an average 4 bedroom detached house could range from £400 – £1,030.
Disadvantages of Having an ASHP?
Large space needed - Depending on the size of your office, building or home you may be limited to whether or not you can actually have an air source heat pump. If your space is large enough though it is a great option.
Loud – Just like air-conditioning units, air-source heat pumps can also be quite noisy. The sounds can be approximately 40-60 decibels when standing one metre away so just be mindful when fitting it so it is in the best location.
Electricity - you still need electricity to run the pump so if you don’t have access to a solar panel or wind turbine then the air source heat pump can’t be considered completely zero-carbon although it is a very good alternative.
Although not perfect, these pumps provide an excellent way to provide heating and air-conditioning to your building while keeping costs and CO2 emissions low. If you are interested in having one installed in your commercial office/building or just in need of more information, then give us a call today on 01234 77 22 78.
The straight answer is yes. Heat Pumps use renewable energy sources from aerothermal, geothermal or hydrothermal heat. However, that is not enough. They also need help from another suitable energy source, such as electricity or gas, to operate.
So if heat pumps don’t rely entirely on renewable energy are they still environmentally friendly? Again, we will have to say yes. They require very little auxiliary energy to run which makes them not only a greener alternative to other types of heating/cooling systems but also a very cost-effective solution.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
Heat Pumps draw energy from the environment to then transfer it into the heating system. This process is the exact opposite to that of a refrigerator, which absorbs energy from inside to then transfer it to the outside.
One of the main advantages of heat pumps is that you can use it all year round since their heating cycle can be fully reversed. During the colder months, you can use it to cool your property.
The Different Types of Heat Pumps
There are currently two types of heat pumps on the market and both of them produce much less CO2 than any traditional heating system.
Air source: as the name states, air source heat pumps absorb heat from the air. You will find that the heat generated can be used in many ways such as in the form of hot water, heating radiators and even underfloor heating. This environmentally-friendly solution requires very little maintenance and can reduce your energy bills significantly.
Geothermal source: on the other hand, this type of heat pumps draws energy from the ground. Much like the air source ones, they are a green cost-effective solution. However, they are more effective when used to produce a lot of warmth rather than heat a small area. Therefore, the ground heat pumps can be a better investment for larger properties with good insulation in place.
Get In Touch
At ET UK we have been providing solutions to reduce their carbon footprint since 2005. If you would like to go green while keeping your property to your preferred temperature all year long, call us on 01234 77 22 78 to find out more about what we can do for you.
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