Heat Pumps

Heat pumps? So, let’s start with what is a heat pump? Quite simply the heat pump is a device that moves energy from one place to another. In the air-conditioning world the heat pump can provide heat from the outdoor temperatures, the environment outside, and use that heat to warm up your internal space whether it be your home or your office or any other facility. All modern air-conditioners are in effect heat pumps.

In fact, most people already own a heat pump, it usually sits in your kitchen and cools down your milk or your beer. Your fridge. It is in effect a heat pump it takes the heat from the inside of the machine and the product: your beer or your milk and it absorbs that heat and then it rejects the heat out the back of the machine on that black wire grill at the back of your fridge. And the device that make that happen is a pump there in your “heat pump”.

So why are heat pumps important? Why do we need them? and where is the benefit?

A modern-day heat pump is an extremely efficient way of heating air or water. A modern heat pump can use the temperature outside even as low as -10 to generate heat and bring that heat into your building. We can also use that same technology to heat water even when the temperature outside is -15 we can heat water and bring that into your building and use that to warm up the water that you use in your domestic hot water system that is used to warm up your radiators or your underfloor heating.

So when we talk about heat pumps you don’t need to think that there is some kind of witchcraft, black magic or dark art involved. Quite simply it’s basic physics. But what you really need to know is that if you use a heat pump you could save yourselves a lot of money and electrical costs?

So, if I told you for every pound you spend you can get £5 worth of goods would you be interested?

I use those figures as basic figures, that is a 5 to 1 coefficiency. Our heat pumps have an extremely good coefficiency. A basic air-conditioner (an air to air heat pump) will have a coefficiency of approximately 3 1/2 to 1 so in effect for every pound you spend you get in 3 1/2 pound back out of it. In practice for everyone kilowatt of electricity that you put into it, you get 3 1/2 kW of electricity out of it in the form of heat.

A relatively basic heat pump boiler for instance will give you a coefficiency at 5 to 1 so for everyone kilowatt of electricity you put into it you will get 5 kW of heat in heated water out of it!

Now if that’s got you thinking and you want more information please give us a call, fill out the online contact us form or email us today.

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