Air source heat pumps use outside air as a heat source. This is usually to heat radiators, underfloor heating systems or warm air convectors and possibly hot water in your home. They can reduce heating costs by on average 50% compared to traditional systems. Air source heat pumps work best when a constant heat is required as they maintain a lower water temperature than traditional systems but can be operated over a longer period more economically. They are ideal in more remote areas where there is no existing gas supply.
How does an Air Source Heat pump systems work?
An air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its inside. They can extract heat from the air even when the outside temperature is a low as minus 15 degree centigrade therefore making them extremely attractive in the UK. There are two main types of air source heat pump systems, they are air to water and air to air. Air to water distributes heat through your home via a wet central heating system either through using larger than normal radiators or by using an underfloor heating system. An air to air system produces warm air which is circulated by fans.
What are the benefits of Air Source Heat pump installation?
Ideal as a heating supply for underfloor heating.
Radiators not hot to the touch which is particularly suitable when there are small children, special needs or infirmed persons in residence.
It provides a constant air temperature.
Will lower fuel bills.
Is easier to install than Ground Source Heat Pumps
The installation of the heat pump is a simple process and is suitable for either in a new build or integrated into an existing building with a traditional heating system. The heat pump is situated outside of the building usually in the rear garden / courtyard. It needs to be as close to the building as possible and any supply pipework needs to be heavily insulated to reduce any potential heat loss.