air source heat pumps
What Are Air Source Heat Pumps?

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps are a great solution for providing efficient heating and cooling for your home in different climates. An air source heat pump is considered to be a low carbon technology which is able to convert solar energy from the air outside your home into electricity. This energy can be used for domestic heating.What is more, domestic air source heat pumps are one of the most cost-effective and affordable heating solutions in the UK. They are widely sold in the UK and account for over 85% of the market share.

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How Do Air Source Heat Pump Systems Work?

Air source heat pumps are a low carbon heating system which use the ambient air in order to heat up your home. They can be used for both hot water and space heating as well.A heat pump works by gathering heat from the outside air and then absorbing this heat into a loop with a refrigerant fluid. The heat will be extracted from the air and after that it will pass through a compressor. The compressor will then compress the air to create higher temperatures.One of the most important parts of an air source heat pump is the heat exchanger, which can transfer heat through piping to where it is needed. These locations might include radiators, underfloor heating systems, hot water circuits, or air conditioners in the house.

What Are The Types Of Air Source Heat pumps We Do?

Air To Water Heat Pump

Air To Air Heat Pumps

Hybrid Heat Pumps

air conditioner

Air to Air Heat Pumps

Air to air heat pumps are able to generate energy through moving air from one place to another one. This kind of process needs electricity to work. During the warm months, heat will get extracted from the inside. Then the warm air will be released outside. This process will leave the inside of your home cooler. In other words, your heat pump is working just like an air conditioner.As for the colder months, then the heat pump would extract air from the outside. The heat pump would then press the air together. As a result, the air would be heated. After that, the warmer air will be released inside your home by using an air conditioner unit.It must be said that air to air heat pumps are only capable of providing space heating. But when they are combined with another heating system, such as a boiler, they can heat water with the produced heat.

Hybrid Heat Pumps

A hybrid heating and hot water system is a combination of two or more technologies generating heat together as a low carbon alternative for home heating.  These typically consist of a gas or oil boiler and an air to water heat pump.The heat pump is expecting to generate heat for 70-80% of the time and, during colder months, the boiler acts as a top-up, giving all year-round comfort. Over 80% of UK homes were built before 1960 and are generally not that efficient with relatively poor fabric insulation and glazing – this can make a standalone heat pump potentially unsuitable without additional investment to the property.

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Air to Water Heat Pump

On the other hand, air to water heat pumps provide both water and space heating. That is why it is more common in the UK than air to air heat pumps.Although both types function similarly, air to water heat pumps can transport the heat to the wet central heating systems, like underfloor heating, showers and radiators, instead of using an air conditioning system.When a heat pump is required to provide a home with heat and hot water then it works using hydronic technology, just like a boiler.



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What is the cost of air source heat pumps?

The cost of installing an air source heat pump can range between £8,000 to £18,000. However the cost can depend on several factors:• The size of your property• If your home is well insulated• The brand of the heat pump• The size of the pump• The efficiency and performance of the heat pump

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Due to the use of condensing technology, system boilers are very efficient. They can achieve up to 90% efficiency in ideal conditions. Taps and showers receive immediate hot water at the same pressure. As a result, they can also improve water consumption in your home.

This factor is determined by the capacity of your hot water cylinder. You should consider how much water you need for taps, baths and showers when choosing the right size. However, you should keep in mind that the size of your cylinder will rely on the space available. A system engineer will help you design the hot water tank and the system to your ultimate satisfaction and your hot water demand. If calculated correctly, you wouldn’t run out of hot water.

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