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February 27th 2024

Your Guide to an Air Source Heat Pump

As the UK temperatures continue to stay cold outside, the search for reliable warmth inside becomes more and more important. But what if there was a way to heat your home efficiently while reducing your carbon footprint? Enter air source heat pumps, the dependable heating technology that’s changing the way we heat our homes.

What is an Air Source Heat Pump?

An air source heat pump is becoming the most popular type of heat pump used in homes around the UK. Used for heating and cooling, they extract heat from the ambient air outside your home, even in cold temperatures, and transfer it to heat inside your living spaces. 

Unlike traditional heating systems that rely on burning fossil fuels like gas or oil, air source heat pumps are much more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, as they primarily use renewable energy from the air.  Overall, air source heat pumps are a modern, sustainable solution for heating homes, contributing to reduced carbon emissions and lower energy bills in the long run.

Benefits of a Heat Pump

Energy Efficiency

Air source heat pumps are renowned for their exceptional energy efficiency, making them a smart investment for your home. By taking in heat from the surrounding outside air, heat pumps can produce up to 5KW of heat energy for every IKW of electricity consumed. This high efficiency translates to lower energy bills over time, providing significant cost savings for homeowners while also reducing their carbon footprint.

Environmental Friendliness

One of the most compelling advantages of heat pumps is their eco-friendliness. Unlike traditional heating systems that rely on finite fossil fuels, air source heat pumps utilise the renewable energy source, air. By minimising this reliance on non-renewable resources, as well as emitting fewer greenhouse gases in the process, heat pumps contribute to reducing climate change and promoting sustainability in heating technology.

Longevity and Durability

Air source heat pumps are designed to withstand various environmental conditions and typically have longer lifespans compared to conventional heating systems. With regular professional maintenance and servicing, your heat pump can operate efficiently for up to 15 years or even more. This long life expectancy means reduced replacement and maintenance costs over time, further increasing the cost-effectiveness of having a heat pump installed.

How does an Air Source Heat Pump Work?

The external element of an air source heat pump initially extracts heat from the surrounding ambient air. This ambient air is then drawn through the evaporator, where refrigerant is circulated through. This heat from the air is then passed into the refrigerant circuit and directed to a compressor, where the refrigerant’s pressure is increased causing the temperature to increase and causing the refrigerant to transition from a liquid to a gas state.

The hot gas then passes through a condenser where the heat is passed into the heating system water. The heated water can then be used to provide heat to your heating system, whether it be radiators or underfloor heating. This heated water is then distributed throughout your home for heating or into a hot water cylinder for use with your showers and sinks. Once the heat transfer stage is complete, the hot gas condenses back into a liquid to start the whole cycle again. 

Installing a Heat Pump

Due to using air from the outside as the ‘source’ of its heat, the position of the unit in an outdoor location that facilitates the free flow of air is extremely important. In addition to this, the intricacies of setting up refrigerant systems and connecting the pump to your home heating system is a complex task. 

We always recommend hiring a experienced professional to install your heat pump. Our experienced engineers can ensure that your unit is fitted in the most optimal position for maximum efficiency. 

Cost of an Air Source Heat Pump

Initially, there is an upfront investment when looking to get a heat pump. This includes the purchase price of the unit and installation expenses. While air source heat pumps typically have higher initial costs compared to traditional heating systems, they offer long-term savings through reduced energy consumption and lower utility bills. Additionally, ongoing operational costs, such as electricity usage, maintenance, and repairs, should be taken into account, as these are significantly reduced with a heat pump. 

Despite the initial investment, the overall cost-effectiveness of a heat pump often outweighs that of conventional heating systems, particularly in regions such as the UK with moderate climates where heat pumps can perform optimally. 

It’s essential to evaluate the potential return on investment (ROI) over the lifespan of your heat pump, considering factors like energy efficiency, local climate conditions, and available financial incentives or rebates, such as the government’s boiler upgrade scheme

Maintenance of a Heat Pump

Regular maintenance and professional servicing of your heat pump are key to ensuring optimal performance and longevity. With our servicing, we typically inspect and clean the outdoor and indoor units, check refrigerant levels, and lubricate moving parts to prevent wear and tear. It is generally advised to schedule these professional services at least once a year to stop any potential issues before they become costly, while also ensuring that the system continues to operate efficiently. 

Properly maintaining your heat pump not only maximizes its efficiency but also helps prevent costly repairs and extends its service life, ultimately ensuring continued comfort and reliability for your heating.

Norfolk’s Leading Heat Pump Installers

All in all, air source heat pumps offer a multitude of benefits that make them a great renewable option for many homeowners. From saving money on bills to reducing your carbon emissions, there really is no reason not to make the switch! 

To ensure you get the best heat pump installation, get in touch today through our easy-to-use contact form or give us a call on 01603 406052.

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