It can be difficult for a business to decide the best heating method. An air source heat pump for heating and cooling is a cost-effective alternative for room temperature control. They allow customers to generate their own heat. The pump is usually installed outside the building. It extracts heat from the outside air and increases its temperature by using a heat pump. Because the pump works by extracting and pumping in the air that is already heated, it uses less electricity than many other common forms of heating systems.
There are two main types of air source heat pump:
- Air to water
These take the heat from outside air and pump it into your water central heating system.
- Air to air
These pump the hot air into your ventilation system.
The systems are an ideal replacement for outdated forms of heating such as coal, oil and electricity. The pumps run on electricity but use less energy than systems that generate heat by electricity alone. This means they cost less than older electrical heat systems.
Air source heat pumps are also more cost-effective than ground source systems. As the name suggests, ground source systems take heat from underground. The cost of installing this system is high compared to air source and ground works may be needed in order to dig a trench on the property. Because of this, the system is deemed obsolete, with air source heating being the ideal alternative.
Replacing oil, gas and electrical heat sources with air pump systems has been estimated by which.co.uk to potentially save customers hundreds of pounds in heating bills. Replacing LPG systems with air pumps is estimated to save customers an even higher amount.
The system also decreases your carbon footprint by generating less CO2 than older methods of central heating. They also require less maintenance. It is the ideal alternative for those who are both economically and environmentally minded.
Businesses, in particular, will be able to appreciate the cost-effective benefits of the systems. They may be able to qualify for an RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive). This financial incentive pays companies that generate their own heat via renewable energy alternatives.