How do Air Source Heat Pumps Work?

We’ve talked before about how air source heat pumps offer a raft of benefits such as lowered fuel bills, reduced carbon emissions low maintenance, easy installation and the potential for income via the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive. In this post we’re going to take a look at how these pumps work.

Air source heat pumps work by absorbing heat from the air outside. The heat that is brought in is then used to power radiators, hot water and underfloor heating.

The system works in much the same way as a fridge extracts heat from its inside. The heat comes in as a fluid which then passes through a compressor. The temperature is increased and the higher temperature heat is transferred into the heating and hot water system.

The heat extracted is constantly being renewed naturally, so it is just the electricity used to run them that impacts on the environment. Even if the outside temperature gets as low as minus 15 degrees, the pumps will still work.

Types of Air Source Heat Pump

There are two main types of air source heating pump. The first is air to water. This sends heat through a wet central heating system. The pump works far more efficiently than a regular boiler system and is particularly suitable for larger radiators and underfloor heating.

The second type of air source heat pump is air to air. This produces warm air which is circulated by fans in order to heat a home. If you are looking for a pump to power hot water then you’ll need an air to water system.

Getting the Most out of your Air Source Heat Pump

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