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An air-source pumpis an alternative way to heat your home. It will enable you to generate your renewable heat and potentially save money on your energy bills. They deliver heat at lower temperatures than gas and oil boilers. So, you'll need to run them for much longer periods to heat your home to a comfortable temperature.
How does an air source heat pump work?
Air source heat pump installation
An air-source heat pump is a low-carbon way of heating your home. They absorb heat from a cooler place and use it to increase the temperature inside your home. Air source heat pumps look similar to air-conditioning units. Their size depends on how much heat they'll need to generate for your home - the more heat, the bigger the heat pump. There are two main types of air source heat pumps: air-to-water and air-to-air. They work in different ways and are compatible with different types of heating systems.
An air-source heat pump takes heat from the air and boosts it to a higher temperature using a compressor. It then transfers the heat to the heating system in your home. They work a bit like refrigerators in reverse.
1, The air source heat pump absorbs heat from the outside air into a liquid refrigerant at a low temperature.
2. Using electricity, the pump compresses the liquid to increase its temperature. It then condenses back into a liquid to release its stored heat.
3.Heat is sent to your radiators or underfloor heating. The remainder can be stored in your hot water cylinder.
4.You can use your stored hot water for showers, baths, and taps.
The pump uses electricity to run, but it should use less electrical energy than the heat it produces. This makes them an energy-efficient way to warm your home. Air source heat pumps work even if the temperature is well below zero.
Air source heat pumps are usually positioned outdoors at the side or back of a property. They need plenty of space around them for air to circulate. Inside, you'll usually have a unit containing pumps and hot water. It's usually smaller than a standard boiler. They are less disruptive to install than ground source heat pumps, as they do not require any digging in your garden. Check first whether you will need planning permission for an air source heat pump. If you live in a listed building, then you'll usually need the consent of your local authority. Also, check that your installation will meet the building regulations in your area. Speak to your home insurance provider too to check if your policy will cover the changes to your heating system.
If you're getting an air source heat pump it's important to make sure that your home is well-insulated so that it can retain the heat. Underfloor heating or larger radiators are often installed alongside heat pumps to disperse the heat better.