Air Source Heat Pumps
Air source heat pumps can extract heat from air as low as -15ºC, making them ideal for installation within the UK and a suitable method of reclaiming heat energy in both summer and winter.
Just like a fridge, air source heat pumps are able to extract heat from air, but instead of expelling this air as a fridge does, the system increases the heat that it extracts from the outside air and channels it inside the building.
Although the pumps use electricity, the amount of electrical energy they use compared to the heat energy they generate, makes them a very attractive, efficient prospect for anyone looking to reduce their property's emissions.
How Air Source Heat Pumps work
Heat from the air warms fluid in the system, which is then extracted by the pump and fed through a compressor.
This compressor concentrates the heat which subsequently raises the temperature, making it suitable to be channelled into the home/building in order to provide heating, hot water or warm air.
Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps
You will never run out of air! Air is abundant and available everywhere and as this system works in extremely cold conditions, it will work all year round.
If you are reliant on your fuel being transported to your home by road, an air source heat pump will not be affected by road closures or inclement weather - it will also save you money and help to reduce your annual C02 emissions.
Whilst other renewable energies may be costly or troublesome to set up, an air source heat pump will be a cost-effective and relatively easy installation, requiring less space and little, if any, groundwork. This means that they are suitable for both urban and rural areas.
A typical system will aim to supply all of your heating and hot water requirements. When this is achieved, you should save money as well as reduce your annual C02 output.
Based on the average detached household using an electric heating source, this could equate to a saving of £700 per year in electricity costs and 5 tonnes of C02.