Heat Pump FAQsJanuary 5th, 2016 by Airedale Cooling
More and more businesses are choosing to switch to renewable technology as a way of improving their green credentials and lowering energy bills. Heating or cooling an entire office or commercial building can prove to be a costly task, which is why many opt for a heat pump as it uses energy to provide heating and hot water all year round.
This article will address the most frequently asked questions about heat pumps, so you can learn more about what they are, how they work and how your workplace can benefit from having one installed.
How do heat pumps work?
Heat pumps operate by extracting natural heat from the outside air, no matter how cold the temperature, and transferring it indoors. This process eliminates the need for a boiler as it means heat pumps can cool and heat using the same individual unit, resulting in annual cost and energy savings.
During the summer months, the heat pump will reverse this process to provide cooler air by extracting heat from the warm air inside your room or building and pumping it outside. In turn, this will improve comfort levels for you, your employees and visitors to enjoy.
Can heat pumps save me money?
Compared with alternative heating systems, the way in which heat pumps operate make them very economical to run. By replacing your old, inefficient heating system with a fully functional heat pump, you are sure to see a considerable drop in the cost of your energy bills.
Furthermore, by having both heating and cooling in one unit, not only do you save money on the price of equipment and maintenance, it also means installation costs are lower, too.
How noisy are heat pumps units?
Heat pumps are popular for their exceptionally quiet operation, making them ideal for applications such as offices, where noise levels need to be at a minimum for employees to concentrate.
Are there different types of heat pumps available?
Depending on your heating requirements, there are two different types of heat pump available:
- Ground source heat pumps
- Air source heat pumps
The pipes for ground source heat pumps are fitted beneath your building where they extract heat from the ground all year round. This will provide enough heat for:
- Under-floor heating systems
- Hot water heaters
Alternatively, air source heat pumps extract heat from the outside air (as low as minus 15 degrees) for a constant delivery of low, warm temperatures. There are two main applications for this type of heat pump:
- Air-to-pump system (operates via a wet central heating system to heat large radiators and underfloor heating systems)
- Air-to-air system (heat is extracted from the air and circulated around the room or entire building using a fan system)
For professional advice about heat pumps or to purchase your own heat pump from a reputable company, look no further than Airedale Cooling. We have the skills and experience to tailor our services, so we can find the ideal model for your heating needs. Simply contact our expert team today to find out more.