Air Source Heat Pumps are a principle eco friendly way of heating in homes. Some buildings can also use a ground source heat pump. Tipsgrove Eco provides heat pump installation in the Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire region.
Air Source Heat Pumps with the Renewable Heat Incentive
Air source heat pumps take the energy that is in the air around us and convert this into heat. Imagine a fridgeworking, but in reverse. Samsung and Panasonic are familiar names of the leading makes of heat pumps. The understanding about how to install them effectively has improved since the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive. This incentive can help homes reduce their heating costs considerably. The incentive will often pay for the whole cost of the heat pump installation. This scheme has recently be relaunched and you can find the figures for Air Source heat pumps here
Panasonic heat pump installation
Panasonic air source heat pumps are perhaps the most efficient domestic heat pumps installed for homes on the market. These heat pumps continue to work well when temperatures outside are less than zero.
Air source heat pumps can heat using the air around us, the heat produced is often 35-50 degrees. This is plenty to heat a well insulated or small home. New and refurbished homes with good insulation are perfect for heat pump installations.
Air source heat pumps can either be mono-bloc or bi-bloc. A mono-bloc heat pump has one main unit outside and a controller inside. A bi-bloc contains 2 units. This gives some flexibility when planning a heat pump installation. The Panasonic heat pump is very quiet with low noise ratings.
Samsung heat pump installation
We also offer some choice of heat pump installation and install Samsung heat pumps. These are also low noise and good efficiency, but a little less expensive.
Stiebel Eltron heat pump installation
Stiebel Eltron have been making heat pumps since the 1970’s. Like the Panasonic Heat pumps they also provide a link to make use of “spare” solar pv energy to power the heat pump. In addition they use weather stations and algorithms to make the best use of the heat pump to heat the home. As a consequence they believe the running costs will be less than their competitors.
Like Panasonic heat pumps the heat pumps work well at lower temperatures
This is provided as standard on all models.
Customer who want the Renewable Heat Incentive need a wet heating system with radiators. The customer also needs to use an accredited installer and an accredited heat pump. Contact us for advice on this.
These “air source heat pumps”, convert energy in the air into hot water. Most commonly called Air to Water heat pumps.
Air Source Heat Pumps without an incentive
If you are looking for air conditioning as well then air source heat pumps can also convert the energy in the air into cold or hot air. Most commonly called Air to Air heat pumps.
Customers with these heat pumps have an outside unit and an indoor unit hung on a wall. The hot or cold air is blown downwards.
The advantage that a heat pump brings to air conditioning is that the energy captured from the outside air is “free”. A heat pump can produce 3 or 4 free units of heat or cold for every unit of electricity. This can reduces the running costs by a factor of 3 or 4 in comparison with a purely electric air conditioning system.
Customers with a solar PV installation will have added advantages. These can be:
- During the summer the PV produces most of its output and this offsets the cost of running the air conditioning
- Some heat pumps can be adapted to only run when there is spare electricity being produced by the PV
- Solar PV can be installed separately to get an off-grid air conditioning system
Ground Source heat pump installation
Ground source heat pump installation takes the energy from the ground and converts this to heat. The benefits of these systems are that:
- Temperature in the ground is constant. The heat pump efficiency stays the same all year round. This is really good in Winter when it is very cold.
- An accredited ground source heat pump installation gains a higher incentive from the Renewable Heat Incentive to offset the cost of the ground loop or bore hole
Our advantage of ground source heat pump installation is that we have significant ground works experience. Tipsgrove owns diggers, mole equipment, and directional drills. We can therefore have complete control over the installation.
Stiebel Eltron produce ground source heat pumps up to 66kW. Installations stack the heat pump units to save space and cascade together to produce higher outputs as needed. As with their Air Source heat pumps Stiebel Eltron make highly efficient heat pumps with excellent efficiency.
Ground Source heat pumps are generally better for larger domestic properties with the available land for the ground loops. The ground is checked for suitable depth for laying the pipes. Fields of spare ground is the most common land used. Heat pumps can also use running water or ponds. Trenches for the pipes can be dug, or it is possible to use a mole or directional drill to go under a lawn if you want to minimise disruption.
These heat pumps are also suitable for commercial premises. Generally this is to use the heat for heating. The rules concerning commercial ground source heat pump installation are confusing. Customers who want to reclaim heat may find this difficult.
Contact us to see if a ground source or air source heat pump could benefit you.