Heat pumps use less energy than other heating systems, making them an eco-friendly choice.
Unlike conventional heaters, heat pumps transfer heat from the outside air and circulate it through your home’s interior. This helps make your heating system more energy efficient and allows you to keep your homes temperature steady throughout the year.
A heat pump has many different types, but all of them work by using a circulating structure of liquid or gas refrigerant to extract heat from the air and transfer it to your home. They can achieve a high level of efficiency, which means they require far less electricity than other heating systems, such as electric boilers.
Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular as they offer a wide range of benefits for homeowners, including reduced energy bills and increased comfort. They also provide a great deal of flexibility in how they are used in the home.
They can be installed anywhere and can even be combined with other heating systems, such as a gas boiler. This can lead to a very efficient heating system that can be used in combination with solar energy to make your house completely carbon neutral.
The COP of a typical household heat pump is around four, which means it can provide three or more times more heat than it consumes. This makes them 3-5 times more energy efficient than a gas boiler.
Besides their energy efficiency, heat pumps are also extremely safe to operate. They require no flammable chemicals or gas, and can be safely used indoors.
As with all mechanical appliances, regular maintenance and upkeep is essential for them to keep working effectively. This includes changing filters and cleaning or replacing the coils and fans.
In the winter, if you live in a region that sees frequent cold weather or below-zero temperatures, it’s important to have a furnace installed alongside your heat pump. This will help to ensure that the unit does not shut down because of freezing.
Some systems, such as heat pumps that operate over geothermal or underwater surfaces, can work at a much wider temperature range than other models and are therefore ideal for colder climates. However, these systems can be very expensive to install and require specialist planning permissions.
Despite the fact that they are an expensive investment, they do come with a lot of potential benefits for the homeowner, such as improved heating and cooling efficiency and a lower carbon footprint. With the new energy and buildings strategy, it’s expected that a growing number of homes across the UK will be fitted with heat pumps in order to meet their energy targets.
The best way to get a quote for a whole-home heat pump installation is to contact a professional heating engineer who will assess your home’s unique heating requirements and offer a fair and accurate quote. It can be an expensive and time-consuming process, but it’s worth the effort for the peace of mind that you will enjoy all of the benefits and savings that these systems offer.