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Why buy a heat pump this winter?

Although not a common feature of many homes and businesses across the country, heat pumps are becoming more and more popular throughout the UK as an alternative to central heating.

A heat pump is usually incorporated as part of a HVAC system, allowing for a reverse of the air cooling feature and heating rooms in a cost-effective manner. In fact, there are a number of advantages to running a heat pump on your property, both financial and practical. Here are just a few…

Efficacy

Despite requiring great amounts of energy to transfer heat from outside air that is approaching or below zero degrees, air source heat pumps (ASHP) are actually far more efficient when used in the temperate British climate. Here, there is more available heat in the air (even though it sometimes doesn’t feel like it!), and the units are able to distribute that heat far more evenly through a building than a furnace or central heating system.

Developments in the technology of heat pumps over the last decade or so, such as the introduction of inverter controlled units, have seen a move towards greater efficiency and energy conservation.

Save on Utilities

As both air source and ground source heat pumps work by transferring heat instead of burning fuels, there are a number of savings to be made on utility bills. Working with renewable energy, the units reduce the dependence on gas and electric central heating systems, saving money and fuel in this area. Estimates from the Energy Saving Trust put the total savings of switching to an ASHP at around £400-£650 per year from an existing electric system, £50-£290 from an oil system, £130-£110 from gas and £50-£290 from solid fuel use.

There is even the possibility of the Renewable Heat Incentive programme, a government incentive designed to encourage more responsible methods for heating homes being extended to cover air source heat pumps in the near future.

Environmental Benefits

Heat pumps drastically reduce carbon emissions from the average property, helping businesses to meet green targets and keeping homes more environmentally friendly. Depending on the heating system you switch from, and the efficacy of the insulation in the building, you could reduce your property’s carbon dioxide output by anywhere between 800 and 5410 kg.

Cooling Option

A major benefit of reversible heat pumps is their ability to provide cool air during the summer months. When heating, the pump uses an external coil to act as an evaporator, with another placed inside the building serving as a condenser. These roles are reversed when cooling, providing the basis for many air conditioning systems.

BS Air

Here at BS Air, we stock and install a wide range of heat pumps for use in a variety of commercial properties and homes – even for use in outdoor pools!

Providing a cost-effective alternative to central heating systems, heat pumps allow for both heating and cooling, saving you money on energy bills all year round.

Our expert team are on hand across the Cornwall and South West area to provide full fitting of all ground and air source heat pumps, and are available for regular service and maintenance options to keep your unit in full working order.

Get in touch with the friendly team at BS Air today for more information.

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