A heat pump captures heat from outside and moves it into your home. It uses electricity to do this, however the quantity of heat delivered into your home is much greater than the quantity of electricity used to power the system.
An air source heat pump, sometimes referred to as an air-to-water source heat pump, is a low carbon heating system which captures heat from outside and moves it into your home.
An ASHP uses the temperature of the air circulating outside to warm a liquid refrigerant. The heat pump turns the refrigerant into a gas, compresses it and then condenses back into a liquid again which generates heat energy and the cycle starts again.
The Air Souce Heat Pump transfers heat from the outside air to water, which heats your rooms via radiators or underfloor heating. It can also heat water stored in a hot water cylinder for your hot taps, showers and baths.
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Heat pumps require electricity to run, but they use the electricity more efficiently than other heating systems, with a typical heat pump using only about a quarter of the energy needed for a traditional gas boiler3. Plus, if the electricity comes from renewable sources, such as your own solar panels, emissions could be even lower.
As with any heating system, a heat pump needs to be well maintained to operate as designed – though luckily most heat pumps tend to be easy to maintain with minimal input required from the end user.
With regular scheduled maintenance, you can expect a heat pump to operate for 15 years or more.
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