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Air Source Heat Pumps

Air Source Heat Pumps

If you are conscientious about the environment and want energy efficient alternative to carbon based heat sources, then these pumps are a good alternative.  Edinburgh plumbers will install these alternative heat sources.  The pump is placed out doors at the side or back of your premises.   Heat is produced by taking air and boosting it through a heat pump.  The pump needs electricity to work, however, this usage is smaller than the heat it produces.  If you use solar energy or a wind turbine to power your heat pump,  you are effectively reducing your carbon footprint to zero.



Because of the efficiency on greenhouse gases, most air source pumps are eligible for a payment through the Renewable Heat Incentive, a government run initiative that will give homeowners a payment who produces their own heat.  Edinburgh plumbers will help here too.

There are 2 types of heat pumps; Air to water and air to heat.  The air source heat pump works like a refrigeration system in reverse.  The system works with a evaporator, a compressor and a condenser.  The pump captures heat from the outside air, turns this into liquid at a low temperature, then the heat pump compressor increases the temperature of that heat.  Then the condenser transfers this to the heating and water systems in your home.

Air to water heat pumps take the air from outside and process this into your wet central heating system.  As the heat produced in this method is cooler than a conventional boiler, larger radiators maybe needed, as well as under floor heating to get the most heat possible.

Air to air pumps produce heating only, they do not produce hot water.  The pumps take air from outside and feed this through fans to produce heat for your home. Edinburgh plumbers can discuss alternative water sources.

The pumps look similar to air conditioning units.  In the summer months the pumps can work in reverse and can provide your home with cool air. The cost to install an air source pump is typically around £6,000 to £8,000.  Remember grants are available.