Heat pumps are an environmentally friendly alternative to a boiler. They use renewable energy for space heating and to provide hot water but do not have any of the unwanted by-products. Ideally used in conjunction with under floor heating for maximum efficiency, heat pumps, if installed correctly, can replace the need for expensive, inefficient, polluting heating systems such as gas or oil. Many people believe that there are only two types of heat pumps: The Air Source Heat Pump and The Ground Source Heat Pump. There is third and that is a water source heat pump.
Air source heat pumps are relatively easy to retrofit, requiring no excavation or significant building works
Ground source heat pumps provide an extremely reliable and steady source of heat
Water source heat pumps provide constant energy replacement and the heat transfer rate from water is far higher than that in the ground or air.
Very long life span (over 50 years to be expected)
Main disadvantages of heat pumps:
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Ground source heat pumps are difficult to retro-fit unless there is a large area of land adjacent to the building to be heated, or high cost of vertical boreholes can be overcome
Air source heat pumps depend on ambient air temperatures, which fluctuate considerably over the year. Meaning they are less reliable as a steady source of heat
Air source heat pumps can be very expensive to run in cold weather
Air source heat pumps can cause noise disturbance to neighbouring properties
Main advantages of heat pumps:
If Intelligent Global Power advises their clients to install heat pumps it’s because we have illuminated all the disadvantages and there is a much positive ROI on capital investment over many years.