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Good For The Environment and Good For Your Finances - Staying Warm Never Felt So Good!

Updated on August 5, 2013

Let Me Introduce You To The Convenience and Efficiency of Heat Pumps

If there was a way of reducing fuel costs by around 30% when compared to gas and even more than that when compared to other fuel types, then most people would probably agree that it would be worth investigating further.

In this article I want to discuss the advantages of a technology which is known as the heat pump and explain how it can not only reduce heating costs but how it is that it is very good for the environment as well.

Heat pumps are not new, the technology has been available for many years but it is only fairly recently that major manufacturers such as Mitsubishi have built units that are practical and affordable for most households.

What Is A Heat Pump?

A heat pump is an electrical device that extracts naturally occurring energy, (heat), from the air around it and processes that energy in order to provide heating and hot water in the home.

It used to be the case that heat pumps were only really suitable for underfloor heating system but the restrictions to the technology that made that so have now been overcome. Modern heat pumps are well suited to both radiator and underfloor heating methods.

In effect, the heat pump is a modern-day fuel-efficient replacement for the traditional central heating heating boiler and most, if not all, of the existing pipework can be used..

In addition to providing heating for the home, heat pumps can also provide your prperty with a constant supply of hot water.

How Does A Heat Pump Work?

The heat pump differs from a domestic boiler in that it does not burn fuel, i.e. gas, oil, coal or wood in order to generate heat. This alone results in substantial environmental benefits and accounts for a large part of the cost savings involved.

The main components in a heat pump are very similar to those found in a refrigerator and a include a compressor, a couple of heat exchangers and an expansion valve.

Technically the processes used are similar too and, like a refrigerator, the only energy used is a small amount of electricity. The heat pump uses a modified form of the process as used in the refrigerator and upgrades the naturally occurring energy in the air and makes use of this to provide domestic heating and hot water.

Are Heat Pumps Easy To Install?

The installation process is usually very straightforward and there is no need for any groundwork or external pumps. The Heat pump can usually be used with existing radiator or underfloor heating networks and with existing hot water cylinders. Installation can normally be carried out quickly by a qualified electrician and/or plumber and little or no building work should be necessary.

No additional fuel supply or pipework is usually required and a normal electricity supply is sufficient although larger units may require a three phase supply. This would not normally apply in domestic installations.

What Are The Long Term Implications Of Installing A Domestic Heat Pump ?

Modern heat pump units are low maintenance and have a very low noise level. They are very efficient both in terms of running cost and environmental benefits.

It is estimated that for every one unit of electricity consumed by the heat pump, three units of heat are returned. Even on the coldest of days there will be enough latent heat in the air to enable the heat pump to produce the levels of heat required in a normal domestic environment.

We are, of course, all concerned with the environment and CO2 emissions are something that we would all like to reduce. Anyone who feels that way will be pleased to learn that heat pumps are 50 % lower on their CO2 emissions than some conventional heating methods.

So, if you want to save money, save energy and save the planet, you can now make all of that happen by installing a heat pump.

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