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Air source heat pumps 101

Businesses choosing an air source heat pump for heating and cooling will benefit in a variety of ways and can stay warm through winter months and cool during summer heatwaves. Air source heat pumps take in heat from the air outside which can be channelled into underfloor heating systems, radiators or warm air convectors, plus they can also produce all required hot water. During warmer weather conditions, the air source heat pump will reverse the heat procedure and pump warm air from the inside of the building to the exterior.

Benefits of air source heat pumps

There are a number of key benefits of air source heat pumps, which include lower fuel bills and minimum levels of maintenance required. They are a sustainable source of heat and air conditioning as they will lower business carbon emissions, particularly when replacing electric heating systems in the workplace.

Replacing an electric heating system in a business typically using 18,000kWh will save around 12,000kWh per year. This provides annual carbon savings of at least 6.5 tonnes of CO2, with cash savings of over £1,000 annually on electricity bills. The cost savings if you’re replacing your gas or oil-based business heating will not be so large as those for electric heating systems. Air source heat pumps are an extremely efficient form of heating and cooling as they don’t create heat, they simply move it from one place to another.

Requirements for fitting

When you make the decision to go ahead with fitting an air source heat pump at your business, you’ll have to find an exterior area that’s suitable for housing the unit. Ideally, there should be plenty of open space around the unit and it should be fitted to a wall or on the ground in a sunny position. The heat pumps will work far more efficiently in well-insulated buildings.

I-HT specialise in fitting and servicing Fujitsu air source heat pumps and are ISO 9001:2008 accredited, so you can be assured of receiving the best service. If you’re looking to buy or rent air source heat pumps for your business, get in touch and we’ll be happy to provide further details.

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/renewable-energy/heat/air-source-heat-pumps

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