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Heat Pumps Get the Nod After Trials

Recent trials of heat pump technology, conducted by the Energy Saving Trust, showed support for this relatively new technology as a method of lowering CO2 emissions in UK households. This is a major breakthrough for the technology, which is relatively unknown in the UK.

Homes that have installed heat pumps don't just benefit from lowered emissions; they're taking much of their heat from an endless renewable source that is environmentally friendly and are using a technology that can actually lower your monthly household bills.

And, if the Renewable Heat Incentive gets the go ahead, you could actually begin to make money for every unit of energy you generate in your home – giving you an added bonus of extra income over a guaranteed length of time.

For those of you unaware of how they work, heat pumps either extract heat from the air or the ground, which they compress into higher temperatures that are fed into your home or business to heat your water supply.

It is estimated that the majority of heat pumps have an efficiency level of around 3:1, meaning that for every one unit of electricity it takes to power the heat pump you get three units of energy in return. This could equate to huge savings on your heating bills.

Heat pumps are ideal for the British climate. Predominantly used in much cooler Scandinavian countries, air source heat pumps can be used in temperatures as low as -15ºC, whereas ground source heat pumps will generate heat all year round.

Play the video to find out about how heat pumps work:

What's more, air source heat pumps in particular are quite simple to retrofit with minimal building work required in most cases and they hardly need any maintenance.

Dale James - An expert in Ground source heat pumps & Air source heat pumps. Dale has written numerous articles for a range of magazines and websites on this topic and contributes regularly to blogs for YRES.