The Advantages and Disadvantages of Air Source Heat Pumps

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Air Source Heat Pumps 2019-04-25T09:27:22+01:00

Air Source Heat Pump: Defined

Rather than using gas, an air source heat pump utilises the air outside to generate heat for the indoors. Basically, it absorbs heat from the outside air and heats your hot water and central heating system.

The Two Types of Heat Pumps

1) Air-to-Water Heat Pumps

Takes the outside air and absorbs heat from it. The heat is then transferred indoors to heat your hot water and central heating system.

2) Air-to-Air Heat Pumps

Takes the outside air and absorbs heat from it. A fan system is used to blow the heat into your indoor living space and to cool.

Pros and Cons

The best way you will understand the attributes of an air source heat pump is if you examine its pros and cons. As a courtesy, we’ve outlined all the pros and cons that we found based on our research.

Pros

  • They generate very few carbon emissions, leaving a reduced carbon footprint on the environment.
  • If you have solar panels or wind turbines hooked up to your home, you can use this energy to power your air source heat pumps instead of using electricity.
  • Air source heat pumps can absorb heat from colder air too. In fact, it can be as low as -20°C outside and the air source heat pumps can still absorb heat from it and deliver it indoors.
  • As part of the United Kingdom’s Renewable Heat Incentive, you may be entitled to payments by the government for generating your own heat.
  • It does a good job of heating water which you can use later or right away.
  • Lowers your energy costs and saves you money.
  • The air source heat pump can be installed in a couple of days.
  • Clean the heat pump every couple of months. Have a technician service the heat pump at least one time per year.
  • Depending on the system selection it can provide heated air in the wintertime and cool air in the summertime.
  • It doesn’t require any fuel to be stored.

Cons

  • You won’t have as much of a heat supply in comparison to the heat supplied by gas boilers and oil boilers. A large radiator may be required.
  • The air source heat pump works better for warm air heating as well as underfloor heating.
  • If you cannot use wind energy or solar energy, then you’ll need traditional electricity to power the air source heat pump.

Conclusion

If you’re still interested in an air source heat pump for your building or home, the installation cost is anywhere from £3,000 to £11,000. It depends on your property’s size along with other requirements. Consider your budget carefully before deciding. If you choose to install the air source heat pump, insulate your home well first. Then you will enjoy some energy savings as time goes on.