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A Guide to Heat Pumps

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All the latest technological advances in energy-saving devices do just that – save energy and, in turn, save you money. Eco-friendliness is the driving force behind all new developments and efficiency is heightened using advanced technology.

Every winter, sufficient heating throughout the household is always a major concern. From open and electric fires to central heating systems, progress has been made, but in a rather slow and somewhat costly manner.

Nowadays the emphasis is on developing systems that are environmentally friendly and cost effective. One such system uses heat pumps which are the latest advance in the search for ideal winter warmth production. Heat pumps are in the super-efficient eco-friendly category. They are described as renewable energy even though they partially run on mains electricity; they are nifty hybrids.

How do heat pumps work?

Heat pumps can have different sources: air, ground or water. They basically function like a reverse air conditioner or fridge. They extract warmth from the source and boost the acquired warmth by compressing it, pumping the heat into the house in the forms of heating or hot water.

What is the difference between types?

Ground source heat pumps need a garden in which to install a loop tubing system under the ground to capture heat from the ground. Underground temperatures remain pretty stable, at 6°C to 12°C, and this slight warmth travels along the tubes, which contain anti-freeze, to the central unit. Here, two heat-exchangers boost the temperature and send warmth into the house. This same principle applies to water source heat pumps.

Air source heat pumps have a central unit positioned outside the house which looks, and works (in reverse), like an air conditioning unit. A fan draws warmth from the air, passes it through two heat-exchangers to increase the heat and delivers it into the house. The heat can be used to heat water and central heating systems, as well as under-floor heating. The heated air can also be channelled directly into the rooms to heat them (air to air system) but this excludes the water-heating option.

Are heat pumps suitable for my home?

To consider installing a heat pump
system, a garden is essential, especially for the ground source system which needs quite a lot of space for installing tubes underground.

Further to this, the air source system needs a certain space between the extraction unit, the house, and the neighbouring houses, as it generates some noise and blasts out cold air. It is worth contacting a professional heat pump installation company who can advise you about these aspects.

The ideal house for this type of installation should be fairly new with good insulation. A new build is the ideal candidate for a heat pump system.

What are the costs?

Ground source heat pump systems are the most popular. There is a fair amount of work involved and installation is an extra cost. After the initial outlay there are substantial savings on energy bills.

Air source systems are smaller and installation is simpler. They cost less than ground source systems but they fall slightly short on the efficiency achieved by ground source heat pumps.

Here at Airedale Cooling Services, we have a team of skilled technicians who have the knowledge and expertise to provide a first class heat pump installation for highly competitive prices. Depending on your heating requirements, we will design and install a system which works in complete unison with your building, requiring little need for servicing or maintenance.

If you are located in Bradford or the surrounding West Yorkshire areas and require our services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts by telephone or online today – we are committed to helping you save money on your energy bills by becoming the proud owner of an efficiently heated property for many years to come.

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