Air Source Heat Pumps work in exactly the same way as their Ground Source counterparts – the only difference being that the source of the heat comes from the air around the system and not from pipes deep underground.
They are cost-effective and easy to fit providing a renewable, clean source of heat all year round and significant reduction in carbon emissions. These systems also work well with underfloor heating in addition to traditional radiator systems.
Air Source Heat Pumps offer an advantage over ground source heat pumps for domestic installation because they require less space to install. Instead of requiring the installation of buried underground coils, Air Source systems can be fitted using much less space and are therefore much more suited to an urban home or retrofit situation. Like Ground Source Heat Pumps, Air Source systems will save you money in the long term and offer a sustainable and economical alternative to propane, oil or natural gas. Air Source is also a good alternative for those without the space for boreholes or who can’t accommodate digging in or around their property.
Financially, you should see a reduction in your fuel bills – as highly-efficient Air Source Heat Pumps run on electricity, so there’s no need to pay for gas, oil or solid fuels to heat your home.
You will also cut down on wasted electricity by heating your home with an economic, energy-efficient Air Source Heat Pump – as they are much more cost-effective and ‘green’ when compared with electric radiators.
Very much in the same way to Ground Source Heat Pumps – except no boreholes are needed- except no boreholes are need. The Air Source Pump draws in air from the surrounding environment and absorbs heat from the air. This heat can then be used to heat water for radiators or underfloor heating systems, or to warm the air in your home.
You'll need a place outside your house where a unit can be fitted to a wall or placed on the ground. It will need plenty of space around it to get a good flow of air. If you’re unsure, we will assess this for you during our initial consultation with you and ensure your property’s suitability before work commences.
Since Air Source Heat Pumps produce lower temperature than traditional boilers, it's essential that your home is insulated and draught proofed well for the heating systems to be effective. We will complete a thorough audit of your home prior to your decision to work out the amount of energy wastage and usage and asses whether investing in better insulation might improve the efficiency of your new system.
The system will pay for itself much more quickly if its replacing an electricity, oil, Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) or coal heating system than a traditional gas boiler. Its important to consider the projected returns and weigh them up against your expectations.
Air Source Heat Pumps are much better at powering under floor heating systems or warm air heating than radiator-based systems- so its well worth considering whether you should replace your old radiator systems. When investing in a renewable energy source to gain the full benefit of the air source installation.
Combining the installation with other building work can reduce the cost of installing the system-but Air Source Systems are a great option for retrofits or existing modern buildings because of their less intrusive nature and easy of fitting.
The installation time for Air Source systems is around a week. Maintenance and upkeep costs are fairly low - in line with the manufacturer’s seven year warranty covering the pump we will carry out an annual service to ensure that the pump and system it supplies are working efficiently and check the fluid levels in the system.
Following an initial conversation we complete a full assessment of your property, including a heat loss calculation and performance certificate to ascertain your current energy usage and efficiency. This helps us to estimate how much energy (and money) you could save through the implementation of an Air Source system. We then send a quotation based on our findings. Once you decide to go ahead, we simply fit the pump and switch your system over from your old energy supply to the Air Source.
For more information on Air Source Heat Pumps, please contact us.