If you are looking for a way to reduce your energy bills as well as do your bit for the environment, then you should definitely consider a heat pump. There are many heat pumps to choose from, but which type Heat Pump is best for you?
What are Heat Pumps?
A Heat Pump is alternative to using other sources to heat your home. There are many varieties you can choose from depending on your requirements. Heat Pumps are very efficient at warming and cooling your home as they work by transferring thermal energy from one area to another. They are like refrigerators, but instead of heat being pumped out into the air around the refrigerator, the Heat Pumps heat into the conditioned environment.
Ground Source Heat Pump
A Ground Source Heat Pump sources heat from the earth, pipes are buried in the ground next to your home. The thermal energy sourced from the pipes in the ground can be used to power radiators, hot water, air systems and underfloor heating. A Ground Source Heat Pump is considered one of the most efficient Heat Pumps, as it relies on the Earth itself to source heat.
Air Source Heat Pump
An Air Source Heat Pump uses heat from the air outside and uses its thermal energy to heat the home. Air Source Heat Pumps can be used even when temperatures are as low as -15 degrees, perfect if you plan on using your Air Source Heat Pump in Scotland during the winter months! The thermal energy can be used in the same appliances as Ground Source Heat Pumps, such as radiators and hot water.
Heat Pumps are an environmentally friendly alternative other heat sources and help reduce your heating bills. A bonus of Heat Pumps is that they act as an air conditioner when needed, by simply doing the opposite and moving the heat outside of your home.
Why a Heat Pump is more environmentally friendly and cheaper.
When you invest in a Heat Pump, you get 4 times the amount you invested in your Heat Pump in heat, that’s £4 for every £1 invested. A Heat Pump requires no energy to heat or cool your home, yet can still provide up to 3 to 5 kilowatts of heat for every unit of energy it takes. Due to no burning of fossil fuels, there is significantly less greenhouse gas emissions being produced.
Another way to save money when purchasing a Heat Pump is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The RHI is a Government scheme set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies such as Heat Pump using monetary incentives.
Which Heat Pump is best for you?
Is your garden suitable for an installation of pipes?
An area is needed where your contractors can dig a large hole to place pipes in, an area like a garden which can be dug up is an essential to have with a Ground Source Heat Pump. If you do not have a garden or do not want your garden dug up, then we recommend an Air Source pump.
Is your home well insulated?
Heat Pumps work best when your home is well insulated, consider insulating your home if you would like a Heat Pump, as this makes your Heat Pump more efficient at heating your home.
Do you have a space on a wall or ground?
An Air Source Heat Pump can be placed on a wall or on the ground if there is a suitable amount of space around it to allow a good flow of air. If your chosen space gets hit by the sun, this is an added bonus.