HEAT PUMP OR AIR SOURCE PUMP: What are these & How do they work?

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A heat pump or air source heat pump (ASHP) is an alternative way to heat your home. It will enable you to generate your own renewable heat and potentially save money on your bills. They deliver heat at lower temperatures than gas and oil boilers. So you'll need to run them for much longer periods to heat your home to a comfortable temperature. However they savings are massive as ASHP offer  a 3 to 1 output meaning £1 pound of your money goes in and it turns it to £3 of energy . unlike boilers where £1 is turned into to 85p. Meaning boilers are 85% efficient and ASHP are 300%. That's like having a car that can drive 85 miles for £100  Vs 300 miles for £100. But there are some drawbacks. 

Heat pumps (HP) can save you more on your heating bills if you're replacing an expensive system such as electric storage heaters, oil, LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), or coal, rather than gas. But remember, a well-insulated home is essential – otherwise the heat pump is generating escapes more easily.

In simple terms, an electric heat pump works like a reverse fridge, extracting warmth from the outside air, and transferring it indoors. Even in the depths ok UK winter, a heat pump can produce heat to keep you warm. 

What is an air source heat pump?

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An (ASHP) is a low-carbon way of heating your home. They absorb heat from the air and use it to increase the temperature inside your home.  

Their size depends on how much heat they'll need to generate for your home - the more heat, the bigger the (HP). There are two main types of air source heat pumps: air-to-water and air-to-air.

(ASHP) advantages and disadvantages

(ASHP) require little maintenance and can provide heating and hot water, but they aren't flawless systems. Here are some of the key advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages for (ASHP)

  • 3 x more energy efficient than a conventional boiler 
  • They generate less CO2 than many conventional heating systems 
  • Less disruptive than installing a ground source, 
  • Lots of government grants out there for installation. 
  • You could save money on heating compared with some older systems.

Disadvantages for (ASHP)

  • They cost more than a boiler 
  • They need external space 
  • They do create some level of noise
  • They do need a tank for you to have a shower and use hot water. 
  • Electricity is needed to drive the pump so they're not zero-carbon (unless the electricity comes from a renewable source such as solar panels or a wind turbine).

Are air source heat pumps efficient?

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Yes, currently 3 x more than gas boilers. 

An air-source heat pump system can help to lower your carbon footprint as it uses a renewable, 

A heat pump needs a power source, usually electricity, to power, so there will still be some resulting CO2 emissions. To get the best from your heat pump, you'll need to know how to use it most effectively. Often you'll need to set your heating to come on for longer than with a traditional system. Your installer should show you how to control your heat pump system.  You should also have your service every two to three years.

Why do we need heat pumps?

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About 85% of UK homes use gas boilers for heating, making it one of the most polluting sectors of the economy. The fossil fuels used in our homes for heating, hot water, and cooking make up more than a fifth of the UK’s carbon emissions, meaning low-carbon alternatives are critical if the UK hopes to meet its climate targets. 

Do they work as well as a gas boiler?

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Yes and No - A gas boiler is like an explosion of energy, in comparison ASHP are a gentle giant slowly warming your house. 

A properly installed heat pump, which is the right size for the property, and the correct radiators should keep indoor temperatures toasty. They are designed to keep indoor spaces at a steady temperature with gentle top-ups throughout the day, rather than ramping up quickly like a traditional gas boiler. As a result, they are popular across Nordic countries where winter temperatures are far colder than in the UK.

Heat pumps work best in homes with adequately insulated windows, walls, and roofs. Using an accredited heat pump installer is a crucial step in getting the best advice to make sure your home does not leak too much heat and has space for the right heat pump.

If you have plenty of outdoor space you could consider a ground source heat pump, which requires a  borehole nearby. If hole is tight an air source heat pump can sit directly outside a home. Both options require a cupboard for an indoor water tank.

Hope this has helped if you need us to give you a little more advice feel free to call  Property Contractors 247 on 020 7916 2087

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