Creating your own renewable energy in the home has become crucial, so learn ways to heat your own home and reduce your gas expenses with the air source heat pump.
There’s been a steady increase in demand for sustainable technology within the last 10 years and we anticipate industry to double in 2013,” states Vince Matthews, from SIG Sustainable Solutions in Sheffield. A simpler to set up and maybe more efficient remedy is an air source heat pump, even though solar panels are becoming well-known. Learn why you ought to consider installing one here.
What exactly are air source heat pumps?
Air source heat pumps work by extracting warmth from the environment to supply heat and hot water for your house. They are simple to set up, provide clean, sustainable energy and may operate backwards as an air conditioning unit within the summertime. Tim Bartlett, Managing Director of Eco Hometec Ltd in Doncaster says: “I believe that air source heat pumps can be the next big trend in sustainable technology for the United Kingdom, like it’s done in France.”
As stated by the Heat Pump Association, there are two kinds of air source heat pump: air to water pumps which create air and warm water to air pumps that are the most typical sort and circulate warm air through indoor fans. Air source heat pumps operate better with underfloor heating than with conventional radiators. Mark O’Brien, from Terra Therma in Essex says: “Heat pumps are optimised & most effective when heating water to around 35 degrees C, that’s ideal for underfloor heating.”
Is an air source heat pump appropriate for your house?
Heat pump installer Tim says: “Atmosphere source heat pumps are somewhat more available then ground or water source pumps. In fact atmosphere source heat pumps are appropriate for many properties because they’re generally about the dimensions of a refrigerator and fit neatly outside your house. At the present time you want planning permission to set up an air source heat pump, particularly if you live in a listed building.
When the property is really well insulated to minimise heat loss, so ensure that your walls and attic are insulated in addition to draught proofing your house heat pumps, such as a classic boiler, will operate most effectively. “Before you install any sort of sustainable technology I’d propose insulating but also attempting to lessen your energy use too,” states Vince Matthews, from SIG Sustainable Solutions in Sheffield.
Advantages of air source heat pumps
Pumps are energy efficient – the efficiency of air source heat pumps is measured with a coefficient of performance (CoP), which lets you know how much heat the pump creates compared to how much electricity is utilized to operate it. “Atmosphere supply pumps create 2 and a half-times the electricity they take to perform (2.5 Policeman),” says Tim. This implies you’ll spend less money on powering the heat pump electrically; solar PV could be even used by you to power the pump, rendering it completely carbon neutral.
Reduce your fuel expenses – based on the Energy-saving Trust (EST), an average atmosphere source heat pump for a detached house where it supplies most of the heating and 50% of the hot water could save £700 annually by replacing electric heating, £50 for gasoline and £460 for solid fuel heating.
Will lessen your carbon footprint – an air source heat pump could save 5 tonnes of CO2 annually if replacing electric heating and 4.6 tonnes for solid-fuel heating.
Are simple to set up – “Atmosphere source heat pumps are the simplest sort of renewable to set up,” says Tim. The machine is fitted just to the rear part of your house.
Require no maintenance – the EASTERN Standard Time explain that air source heat pumps are quite low maintenance and ought to last 20-plus years.
Can warmth in addition to great – “People are extremely interested in atmosphere source heat pumps for cooling at this time,” says Viki Beaney, from ACS Air Conditioning Services in Surrey. Air con versions like the Daikin Altherma enable you to really make use of the air source heat pump in winter in addition to summer.
Renewable Heat Bonus
Beginning in April 2011, you might even get cash with an air source heat pump under the Renewable Heat Bonus (RHI). It’s anticipated the system provides annual grants according to how much sustainable heat is produced each year. The RHI resembles the feed-in tariff scheme released this April which provides cash-back for sustainable electricity produced by things like solar panels.
Price of air source heat pumps
As stated by the EST, an average atmosphere source heat pump for a house would cost from all over £5, 000 to £9, 000 including installment. Don’t forget to get at least three estimates for your work and be attentive to employ a reliable tradesman. “There is no authorized installer community for the moment,” explains Vince, “But you can hire somebody who’s registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme to be secure.”