There are many benefits to using heat pumps. With an air source heat pump, you can save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint compared to a gas or electric heating system. One of the key advantages of air source heat pumps is their versatility and affordability. An ASHP can work for either heating or cooling purposes and can be used for space heating or water heating.
Below is a list of some of the most important advantages of an air source heat pump.
Low Carbon Footprint
Air source heat pumps are a form of low carbon heating, as they use the outside air to heat or cool your home. If you are switching from a coal- or electricity-based heating system, you can significantly reduce your carbon emissions. For every 3 to 4 units of energy produced from an air source heat pump, only 1 unit of electricity is used, making it a far better alternative to cut emissions.
Save Money on Energy Bills
By switching to air source heat pumps, you can reduce your energy bills as you’ll be using the outside air for your heating and cooling needs. Your savings will be more significant if you are going from an electric or coal-based system. Although the upfront cost is fairly high, you will be eligible to receive a significant portion of your investment from RHI payments. Read more about the RHI here.
Can Be Used for Heating and Cooling
Air source heat pumps can be used for both heating and cooling purposes. Depending on the model, they can provide cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. All you need to check is that the COP of your air source heat pump should be above 0.7 for cooling.
In addition, air source heat pumps work very well with underfloor heating — so if you want to get the most out of your system, you should strongly consider installing underfloor heating.
Can Be Used for Space Heating and Hot Water
Depending on the air source heat pump, you can also use it to heat your water. This depends on the temperature of the water in the heating system (also known as ‘flow temperature’). To be able to heat water, the flow temperature needs to be approximately 55°C. If your system is only designed for space heating, the flow temperature will be 35°.
High Seasonal Coefficient of Performance (SCOP)
Air source heat pumps are efficient both in the winter and summer, thanks to an outstanding seasonal coefficient of performance. The COP of a heat pump is a way to measure its efficiency by comparing the power input needed to produce heat to the amount of heat output. A ‘seasonal COP’ figure is adjusted to seasonality.
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