Heat Pump Technology

Heat Pump Technology 2017-09-12T13:38:41+00:00

Renewed naturally

Heat pump air conditioners are ideal, whether you are renovating your home or involved in a new build project. Whatever the age of your property, you can rely on Athena Air to provide a solution to last for many years to come, always providing a reliable service.

An air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from it inside. It can get heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as -15° C. Heat pumps have some impact on the environment as they need electricity to run, but the heat they extract from the ground, air, or water is constantly being renewed naturally.

The benefits of air source heat pumps

  • Lower fuel bills, especially if you are replacing conventional electric heating
  • potential income through the UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
  • lower home carbon emissions, depending on which fuel you are replacing
  • no fuel deliveries needed
  • can heat your home as well as your water
  • minimal maintenance required
  • Can be easier to install than a ground source heat pump.

How do air source heat pumps work?

Heat from the air is absorbed at low temperature into a fluid. This fluid then passes through a compressor where its temperature is increased, and transfers its higher temperature heat to the heating and hot water circuits of the house. There are two main types of air source heat pump systems.

  1. Air-to-water
    An air-to-water system distributes heat via your wet central heating system. Heat pumps work much more efficiently at a lower temperature than a standard boiler system. This makes them more suitable for underfloor heating systems or larger radiators, which give out heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time.
  2. Air-to-air
    An air-to-air system produces warm air which is circulated by fans to heat your home. They are unlikely to provide you with hot water as well.

Is an air source heat pump suitable for me?

To tell if an air source heat pump is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:

  • Do you have somewhere to put it?
    You’ll need a place outside your home where a unit can be fitted to a wall or placed on the ground. It will need plenty of space around it to get a good flow of air. A sunny wall is ideal.
  • Is your home well insulated?
    Since air source heat pumps work best when producing heat at a lower temperature than traditional boilers, it’s essential that your home is insulated and draught-proofed well for the heating system to be effective.
  • What fuel will you be replacing?
    The system will pay for itself much more quickly if it’s replacing an electricity or oil heating system.
  • What type of heating system will you use?
    Air source heat pumps can perform better with underfloor heating systems or warm air heating than with radiator-based systems because of the lower water temperatures required.
  • Is the system intended for a new development?
    Combining the installation with other building work can reduce the cost of installing the system.

Please call today to discuss your heat pump requirements