What is a heat pump?
Heat pumps generate environmentally friendly energy by taking heat from natural sources. They provide heat for hot water and space heating. Heat pumps have only recently taken a stake in the UK market and the concept was first developed in Sweden where almost all new homes utilise the technology.
How does a Heat Pump work?
Heat pumps take energy from external sources and transport the heat into your home, where the temperature is increased with a compressor. Find out more.
What are the different types of heat pump?
There are two types of heat pump in the UK:
- Air source heat pumps
- Ground source (geothermal) heat pumps
Essentially the two heat pump types work as their name suggest, with ground source systems capturing energy from the earth and air source pumps taking heat out of the air.
Geothermal pumps are buried into the garden and a loop of piping connects the pump to your home’s central heating. Air source heat pumps take the form of an air conditioning unit and are fitted to the external wall of your home instead.
The size of your home and the amount of energy you need will ultimately determine the heat pump that’s right for you.
Do heat pumps work in the cold weather?
Heat pumps work throughout the year and can even extract heat from temperatures down to -15 degrees Celsius. Therefore your system will operate for all or most of the year.
Will a heat pump provide hot water for baths, showers and domestic purposes?
By taking on the right design and equipment you’ll be able to generate heat for all water purposes in your household. Of course this is something that you’ll need to speak to your installer about in more depth.
Can a heat pump cool my home?
There are some heat pumps available which will heat and cool properties. Speak to reputable contractors to find out more.
Why should I install a heat pump?
There are a number of financial incentives to support the installation of a heat pump, as well as environmental advantages. Find out more.
How is the heat distributed?
Heat generated from pumps will be distributed in the same manner as before, with radiators and underfloor heating both being possible. For commercial properties it’s possible to have air distributed systems too.
Are heat pumps noisy?
Heat pumps aren’t particular noisy, like most renewable technology you can install on your property. They hum in a similar way to fridges.
Can I install a heat pump in an older property?
Heat pumps can be integrated with all types of buildings. The only difference is the design may be a little different compared to new homes.
Which heat pump installer should I choose?
If you want to qualify for Government tariffs concerning heat pumps you’ll need an MCS accredited installer. There are a range of technologies to pick from and comparing quotes is the best way to get the best deal and speak with a range of companies.
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