Heat your home with energy absorbed from the air around you
Heat your home with energy absorbed from the air around you.
Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air. This heat can then be used to heat radiators, underfloor heating systems, or warm air convectors and hot water in your home.
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 get heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as -15° C. Heat pumps have some impact on the environment as they need electricity to run, but the heat they extract from the ground, air, or water is constantly being renewed naturally.
Air source heat pumps (also known as ASHPs):
Unlike gas and oil boilers, heat pumps deliver heat at lower temperatures over much longer periods. During the winter they may need to be on constantly to heat your home efficiently. You will also notice that radiators won't feel as hot to the touch as they might do when you are using a gas or oil boiler.
Heat from the air is absorbed at low temperature into a fluid. This fluid then passes through a compressor, increases in temperature, and gives off higher temperature heat to the heating and hot water circuits of the house. There are two main types of air source heat pump system:
To tell if an air source heat pump is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:
Installing a typical system costs around £6,000 to £10,000. Running costs will vary depending on a number of factors - including the size of your home and how well insulated it is.
How much you can save will depend on what system you use now, as well as what you are replacing it with. Your savings will be affected by:
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