Air source pumps are the latest technology to provide a solution to the problem of heating a home effectively, and at minimum cost. While the concept has been around for some time, it’s only now that it is available to homeowners at low prices, and with proven results. Heat pumps have been designed to address the three main concerns of today’s homeowner:
The Amazing Benefits of an Air Source Heat Pump
- Effective heating, to both ambient interior air, and household water systems
- Potential savings on your running costs
- Extremely low carbon footprint - air source pumps are featured in the government’s Renewable Heating Initiative
Air source heat pumps are one of a number of different heat pumps on the market, and the most popular choice for homeowners. The technology has been around in one form or another since the Seventies, but today’s models are among the first generation of heat pumps that are designed specifically for the home.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
Air source pumps work by absorbing heat in outside air, and transferring it to water, which can then be used to heat a home.
The pump unit itself is placed outside the home, in the open. A fan draws in air, which flows over a heat exchanger unit. The heat from the air is used to heat a refrigerant liquid within the heat exchanger, which turns to gas. The gas is then compressed to increase its temperature, and changed back into a heated liquid that can be used throughout your house.
It sounds complicated, but essentially boils down to using concentrated heat from the ambient air to provide your home with hot water and general heating.
The main thing to bear in mind is the efficiency of heat pumps. A certain amount of energy needs to be expended to provide power to air source pumps, keeping the compressor working. However, compared to the returns you receive, it’s well worth the investment. For every one kW of energy you use to power your heat pump, you can expect up to 3.5 kW of useful energy - between three and four times what you put in to power it. Even considering the lower price of gas compared to electricity, air source pumps still beat traditional gas boilers in terms of running costs.
How Do Air Source Heat Pumps Differ from Conventional Heating Solutions?
It’s important to point out that, given their very nature, heat pumps do not function in exactly the same way as other heating solutions.
Here are a few things to bear in mind:
- Air source heat pumps need to be placed outside, so you’re going to need the necessary space if you wish to install one.
- Air source heat pumps can efficiently heat water up to around 55 Celsius - anything above this would be too expensive to be cost effective.
- Depending on your current heating system, you may want to consider installing larger radiators if you want to get the very best out of your heat pump system.
Air Source Heat Pumps and RHI
Air source pumps can potentially reduce a household’s carbon footprint by an impressive 50%. You don’t need to take our word for it - the government has included heat pumps in its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. This plan is part of a general drive to encourage homeowners to install green technology. Homes that qualify for RHI are eligible for quarterly payments, over a period of seven years. So not only can you save on your heating bills, but also receive financial incentives for using an effective new green technology.
Voltera Electricians Ltd are accredited installers for two of the leading manufacturers in air source pump technology:
One of the biggest providers of heat pumps in Europe. Based in Austria, they are leaders in green technology, supplying customers throughout Europe with PicoEnergy heat pumps and associated devices.
A technology giant and industry leader. We offer LG heat pumps in a wide range of different specifications, covering the needs of just about any household.