Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) extract heat energy from the air. By compressor technology ASHP are able to convert air temperatures to generate sufficient heat energy to heat a home. Heat pumps are excellent alternatives to oil, solid fuel, electrical or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) central heating systems.
An air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its inside. It can extract heat from the air even when the outside temperature is as low as minus 15° C.
Unlike gas or oil boilers, heat pumps deliver heat at lower temperatures over much longer periods. This means that during the winter they may need to be left on 24/7 to heat your home efficiently. It also means that radiators should never feel as hot to the touch as they would do when using a gas or oil boiler.
The benefits of air source heat pumps
System design depends on many factors, the Dodd Group Surveyor will advise you on the most efficient system for your property. For maximum efficiency and cost savings it is important that the system is controlled appropriately for your needs. The heat distribution system: If the installation of an underfloor heating system isn’t possible, then Dodd Group will design and install a suitably sized radiator system.
- Fuel costs: you will still have to pay fuel bills with a heat pump because they are powered by electricity. The saving you achieve can be affected by the price of the fuel you are replacing and the price of the electricity for the heat pump.
- Efficiency of old and new system: the efficiency of the old heating system will affect how much you spent on heating bills previously. If the old heating system was inefficient heating bills could have been high and the difference between the new running costs and the old running costs will be greater, therefore providing a greater saving.
- Using the controls: learn how to control the system so you can get the most out of it, Dodd Group will explain how to control the system so you can use it most effectively.
To reduce your home's CO2 emissions further, consider using solar water heating to provide low carbon hot water in the summer months
Dodd Group's installation team will agree the layout of the system with you then carryout the works with the minimum disruption. In most cases the installations are completed within 5 working days.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have announced that the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is expected to be launched in June 2011. It is designed to provide financial support to encourage the uptake of renewable and low carbon heat technologies like heat pumps. It is currently in a planning stage and no final decisions have yet been made by DECC
If you would like to know more, call us to speak to one of our advisors.