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What Are Air Source Heat Pumps And How Do They Work?

Air source heat pumps are a substitute towards the traditional ways to heat your home. It allows you to generate your own renewable heat, and save a significant amount of money on your energy bills in the long term.

Air source heat pumps essentially work differently to your normal home heating systems.

Heating systems will conventionally convert electricity into heat whereas air source heat pumps transfer existing heat energy from outdoors into your home.

In the past conventional heat pump systems were known for their poor efficiency and performance in cold weather technology. Air source heat pumps generally consist of an indoor air handling unit, and an outdoor condensing unit. Both are connected and work to efficiently transfer cooling or heating energy to your desired comfort zones.

In summer, air conditioning is produced when heat energy from inside your home is absorbed by the system’s refrigerant and transferred to the outdoor air.

In winter, the cycle is reversed. Air conditioning is extracted from the outdoor air and is moved inside to heat your home.

The benefits of installing air source heat pumps

There are several benefits of using heat pumps. With an air source heat pump, you can find reduced spending on your electric bills, and also reduce the overall carbon footprint compared to traditional heating systems, whilst helping the environment!

The most important benefits of purchasing a air source heat pump have been outlined below:

  • Lower and reduce your fuel bills in the long term
  • Very easy to install & little maintenance cost overall, whilst having a long lifespan
  • Provide exceptional heating performance whilst being eco friendly (low carbon footprint)
  • Air filtration resulting in improved air quality
  • Can be used for heating and cooling
  • Very efficient source of heat for your home and hot water

Which type of air source heat pump is the best?

There are two main types of air source heat pumps to choose from:

Air to air heat pumps: A small portion of UK source heat pumps are ‘air to air’. These types of air source heat pumps move the heat into the air, and this then gets transferred around the home. Air to air heat pumps are significantly cheaper than air to water, can heat the rooms a bit faster and the installation is quick and discrete.The only downside is that they do not provide hot water when compared to air to water heat pumps

Air to water heat pumps: A larger proportion of the UK air source heat pump installations are known as ‘air to water’. These types of air pumps are replacements to your entire central heating system, however some systems can work in collaboration with a boiler (depending on the specification). These types of air pumps, the heat is often moved into the traditional heating systems, which then provides you with hot water and central heating.

The one downside with an air to water heat pump compared to air to air is that they are significantly more expensive due to the reconfiguration for the systems and initial cost of the equipment and set up. However in the long term, it can bring overall cost down significantly.

Final point to consider

Air source heat pumps are best suited and matched to well insulated homes as they work best when producing heat at lower temperatures than traditional heating systems. Before you install the system, this is essential to consider for the heating system to be effective.

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Do you require an air source heat pump for your home? Give us a call on 0116 2645115 or contact us today!

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