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Heat pumps are great solutions to traditional central heating systems as the electricity they use to run is minimal in comparison, making them not only a more efficient heating choice, but far more environmentally friendly too. Normally when utilising a well-designed heat pump users will only need one unit of electricity in order to delivery three, or even more, units of heat.
What is a heat pump?
There are two main types of heat pump, ground and air source. They work by extracting heat from these natural sources and displace it at a higher temperature, in your domestic property or commercial building. Heat pumps can be used to bring warmth to both your central heating system and hot water.
There are varying types of heat pumps; Air-to-water, air-to-air, ground-to-water and ground-to-air and all work with multiple heating systems, both wet and dry, to suit your individual needs.
There is some environmental impact with heat pumps as they use a small amount of electricity to run, but have much less impact than traditional systems due to the renewable nature of the energy they extract from the air or ground.
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How do heat pumps work?
Heat pumps work as heat naturally flows from a warm location, to a cooler one. The heat pumps installed by us use a specially created fluid that evaporates and condenses in a constant cycle in a closed circuit controlled by valves and a compressor to reverse this flow. Using what’s known as a heat ‘collection loop’ the heat is transported from the air or ground to where it’s needed, in this case heating and hot water systems in your domestic or commercial property.
What are the key benefits of heat pumps?
Heat pumps use the latest in renewable technology and grow every year in popularity in the UK. Their low running costs and reduction in carbon emissions are well known, but there are other lesser known benefits too.
Ground and air source heat pumps can be installed with relative ease to the majority of homes in the UK, even those which already have solar water heating systems, which allows the home to have a fully inclusive renewable heating and hot water system. Once your heat pump is installed it becomes fully automatic to the property’s central heating and hot water circuit.
Your ground source heat pump collection loop can be installed in a way that suits your needs, either vertically or horizontally into the ground. For each type of property there will be a heat pump solution suitable for you.
Costs, funding and savings.
Each heat pump installed will have a bespoke price, and these vary greatly from property to property which is why it’s so important to research your needs as much as possible. We will discuss your specifications with you and advise you on the best type of heat pump for your needs. We will fully design, supply, install and commission your Heat Pump Solution in line with MCS standards. We take into account everything from the property location, build type, level of insulation, and the sizes of every room.
Air source heat pumps can cost as little as £6,000, and round source heat pumps can cost as little as £9,000. Running costs vary, as with any central heating system it is dependent on the size of property and consumer usage.
Typically a three bed semi-detached home with a normal level of insulation can expect to pay around £750-£850 annually for their energy using an air source heat pump.This information is based on current energy prices and does not take into account those on Economy 7 or 10 tariffs, which could incur even lower running costs due to their specific heating patterns. The greatest savings when installing a heat pump will be seen when a renewable system replaces a coal, oil or LPG heating system.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was introduced in 2013 and gives owners of eligible heat technologies an annual income based on the renewable energy they produce. Currently each property, commercial and domestic will receive this income for 7 years after their heat pump is installed.
What should I expect from my installer?
- Complete a property visit and technical survey before any quote is given.
- Comply with MCS accreditation standards.
- Estimate how much energy will be produced by chosen system.
- Supply operating instructions and advice on how to use the system.
- Supply workmanship warranties.
- Not ask for more than a 25% deposit and allow 7 days cancellation period.