Lower Your Energy Bills & Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a renewable technology that converts energy in the ground or air into heat. This process delivers green, low-cost, energy-saving heating and hot water all year round.

The UK government are launching a number of incentives to improve the energy efficiency of your homes. Air source heat pumps are an ideal solution to reduce your properties carbon footprint while lowering your energy bills.

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Heat Pumps Can Deliver A Number Of Benefits

  • Lower your fuel bills
  • Eligible for the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) (Ground Source Only)
  • Lower your home’s carbon emissions
  • Does not require fuel deliveries
  • Little maintenance required
  • Heat Pump heating systems are efficient, green and a renewable energy source

Air Source Heat Pumps

heat pumps title smallThe Air Source heatpump needs to be located outside in the open air and uses a fan to draw air into the system.

This gas is then compressed by a compressor, which causes it to significantly increase in temperature.

An additional heat exchanger then removes the heat from the refrigerant (turning it back to a liquid).

This heat can then be used as useful heat to warm your property.

The air then flows over a heat exchanger, which contains a refrigerant liquid.  An evaporator uses the latent heat from the air to heat the refrigerant liquid sufficiently until it boils and turns to a gas.

This gas is then compressed by a compressor, which causes it to significantly increase in temperature.

Placement Of Air Source Heat Pump

An air source heat pump requires plenty of space, either to mount on an external wall or to be placed on the ground. The unit needs good air flow, and foreign objects such as boxes, containers, etc need to be kept well away.

Noise of air source heat pump “ An air source heat pump does make some noise when operating, as both a fan and a compressor will be in motion. The noise is approximately 40-60 decibels, depending on the system. The air source heat pump system works just like air conditioning, as does not constantly run.

Once the optimum temperature is reached the unit outside will not run therefore not making a noise. The unit only starts back up once the optimum temperature drops. This also applies for hot water; the outdoor unit only starts up when the system senses that more air/gas is needed to produce the amount of hot water required.

We have done some research into air source heat pumps and this is what one customer who already has the system had to say:

The air source heat pump system works really well. I like the fact I can set when I want the heating & hot water to come on, just like any other heating system. I do not really hear the outdoor unit; it is actually really quiet and does not disturb me, my children or the neighbours. I would recommend one of these systems to anybody thinking about changing to a more energy efficient heating & hot water system.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. The RHI will pay participants of the scheme to generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings. Tariffs have been calculated by The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and will change annually in-line with the previous year’s Retail Price Index.

All payments are made directly to the homeowner retrospectively every quarter over a period of seven years. The tariffs are per kilowatt hour of renewable energy produced by each of the following technologies:

Heat pumps and solar thermal tariffs can be jointly claimed providing they are in the same property. For more details visit the RHI government website.

Contact PRA Air Conditioning To Discuss How A Heat Pump Could Help You

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