Heat pumps are still relatively unseen in properties around the country, but from an environmental and financial standpoint, they make perfect sense.
They use renewable energy from the ground, air or water, and release it to another location. It works on the principle that heat is always in the ground, even on a cold day. This means that heat pumps can be used all year round.
They extract this heat from outside and transfer it to the interior of the house for use of heating water or the home in general.
There are different types of heat pumps that can take heat from the ground, the air or from water – known as ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and water source heat pumps respectively. Heat pumps have some impact on the environment as they need electricity to run (just like your fridge requires electricity to operate) but the heat they extract is from a renewable source.
Benefits of heat pumps
- Can reduce your carbon footprint: heat pumps can lower your home’s carbon emissions
- No fuel deliveries required
- Can provide heating and hot water for your home
- Can lower your fuel bills, especially if you are currently using conventional electric heating
- It’s often classed as a ‘fit and forget’ technology because it needs little maintenance.