Air Source Heat Pumps
Air Source Heat Pumps are the most common model in the UK due to the ability to retrofit existing properties on oil or LPG. Air Source Heat Pumps have been used in the UK for some time now and the technology improving all the time. Air Source Heat Pumps are more efficient than ever and with the cost of fossil fuels rising, there has never been a better time to look at Air Source Heat Pumps.
So, how do Air Source Heat Pumps work?
Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) absorb heat from the outside air to heat your building and provide hot water. They can still extract heat when air temperatures are as low as -15°C.
An air-to-water system distributes heat via your wet central heating system. Heat pumps work much more efficiently at a lower temperature than a standard boiler system would. This makes them more suitable for underfloor heating systems or by upgrading radiators, which give out heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time.
Heat from the air is absorbed at low temperature into a fluid. This fluid passes through a compressor, increasing the temperature, and transfers that higher temperature heat to the heating and hot water circuits of the building.
The benefits of installing an Air Source Heat Pump are:
Lower fuel bills compared to Oil, LPG or Direct Electric.
Potential income through the UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
Lower carbon emissions.
For every kWh of electricity used, around 3-4 kWh of heat energy is produced.
Can provide 100% of your space heating and hot water demand.
Minimal maintenance required.
No fuel deliveries are needed.