Heat pumps are a great way to make the most of our natural resources by taking heat from the ground and air and using this to heat your home. Known as the "Fit & Forget" technology there is little maintenance required and can generate large savings on your current fuel bills. Heat pumps are supported by the governments RHI scheme meaning they are an even more attractive investment providing you with an extra income.

What are heat pumps?

Heat Pumps take heat from the ground, air or water and use it for space heating, and sometimes to heat hot water. They operate like a fridge in reverse. The fridge takes heat from the food you put in it, and pumps that into the kitchen, keeping the food cold. The heat pumps take heat from the ground or air and pump it into your property, to heat your water and central heating.

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground source heat pumps provide properties with heat stored in the surrounding land. The pumps collect heat from the earth and put that heat back into a building, in order to provide space heating or to heat a domestic hot-water supply.
The heat pumps use an underground pipe, or ground loop, installed around your property, to collect heat from the earth using a mixture of water and anti-freeze. This natural heat is then extracted from the ground loop using an evaporator and a compressor then feeds the heat into the hot water tank to be used in your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps

An Air Source heat pump extracts heat from the air outside your property - in much the same way as refrigerators extract heat from the inside. These are easier to install as there is no digging involved, the machine can just be placed somewhere on the outside of your property. The heat collected can then be distributed throughout your house in one of two ways:

Air to Water Systems

This will distribute heat through your central heating system. This type of system can also provide hot water.

Air to Air Systems

These systems distribute warm air through your home via fans. This system will not provide hot water. The air pump will need to be located outside in a suitable location. The pump contains a heat exchanger which will take the 'low-grade' heat extracted from the air and concentrate it into the higher temperatures needed to heat a house.

Why Heat Pumps?

Heat pumps can lower your fuel bills, especially if you replace conventional electric heating and could provide you with an income through the government with the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). While heat pumps are not 100% green technology as they still require some electricity, you will be considerably lowering your carbon footprint and your heating bills. Both types of system require very little maintenance over their lifetime meaning little hassle and low cost, "Fit & Forget" technology. Each system can also provide both your heating and hot water with very high efficiency meaning you will get the most out of your system.

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