How Does an Air Source Heat Pump Work & Should You Get One?Posted on by Optioffice
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.
How Does an Air Source Heat Pump Work in Winter
Even in temperatures as low as -15 Celcius, ASHPs are still able to produce heat which can be used for radiators, water and more. They work by absorbing air at low temperatures from outside and is turned into a fluid. Once in its liquid form, it goes through a compressor where its temperature is increased before being transferred to different areas of the home that need heat such as radiators.
ASHPs are different from a boiler since they work more efficiently at lower temperatures over longer periods of time. This makes them perfect for underfloor heating or large radiators.
Not only are ASHPs great for warming the home in winter but they also work in reverse by producing cold air in summer. This is a feature that a lot of buildings in the UK do not have.
What are the Pros & Cons of Air Source Heat Pumps
If you use electricity or gas based heating systems then my choosing ASHPs with will be lowering your carbon emission as well as lowering the cost of your energy bills. ASHPs are also eligible for the domestic RHI scheme which has been extended till March 2022, meaning if you install the heat pump within that time you will actually receive a payment for every unit of heat generated for 7 years.
As well as this, they are very easy to install and maintain as well as lasting for up to 20 years with a 5-year warranty. However, although they are easy to maintain that doesn’t mean they don’t need to be looked after at all. If they aren’t checked by a professional once a year they problems with the system could go unnoticed and in turn reducing their lifespan.
However, although there are many great things about ASHPs it’s not all good. These heat pumps have a lower heat supply than boilers so larger radiators might be needed. Due to this, they are most commonly used for underfloor heating in order to get the most out of the system, however, this may mean that installation costs could be higher if you don’t already have an underfloor heating system installed.
If you are looking to have an air source heat pump installed then contact our team today on 01234772278. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will be able to install this system for you or even just give you some friendly advice.
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