Air Source Heat Pump
The way an air source heat pump works is that it transfers heat absorbed from the outside air to an indoor space via the wet central heating systems. As a result, radiators are heated and hot water is provided.
Heat pumps work in a similar way to a refrigerator. They absorb heat and transfer it to another area.
Types of Heat pumps
- The first type is which takes heat from the outside air and then transfers it directly into your home through a fan system to heat a room.
- Our next type is which take heat from the outside air and then transfer it through your central heating system to provide hot water heating, radiators or underfloor heating in an indoor space (or all three).
Air Source Heat pumps are a renewable alternative to heating your UK home. With an air source heat pump, you can save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon emissions compared to an alternative gas heating system.
The air-source heat pump can work for both heating and cooling purposes. This means that it can be used for both space heating and hot water production.
To reach its target, the UK government has planned to install 19 million heat pumps in new homes.
One of the important disadvantages of air-source heat pumps is that they have a lower heat supply than other alternatives.
In order to get the most out of your installation you need to have well insulated floors, walls (preferably with cavity fill and external insulation) and a roof and ideally have underfloor heating installed.
Heat source air pump Advantages
- Low carbon emission
- Saves money on your energy bills
- Grants available to install
- It can be used for both cooling and heating
- Can be used for heating air and water
- Also, it can work in lower temperatures
- Low maintenance
- Long lifespan
- No fuel storage needed
- Nevertheless, it can be powered by solar or wind energy
Heat Source Air Pump disadvantages
- Lower heat supply than the boiler
- A higher cost to install
- Higher spending on home insulation
- Lower efficiency below 0 Celsius
- Electricity is needed to run air source heat pump
- It can be noisy
- Must have a garden or outside space to install
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