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Advantages of Air Source Heat Pumps

Did you know that you can reduce your energy consumption? A heat pump is an extremely energy efficient heating technology that can make substantial contributions towards that. Typically, using less fuel to heat your home.

Despite the name, heat pumps are just as efficient at cooling as heating.  It allows you to control the amount of energy used to heat or cool your home or business.

They also reduce don't dry out the air around you, minimizing your need for a humidifier. They act as a furnace in colder times of the year as well as working as an air-conditioner in the warmer times. Heat pumps do not use electricity to heat the air up, instead they absorb heat from the environment, multiplying and then transferring the heat to your desired area.

Heat Pump Cycle

1. A fan

A fan passes air over an evaporator. A refrigerant then boils and evaporates at a low temperature.

2. Vapour

Vapour is then channeled into an electric compressor, therefore increasing pressure and temperature of the vapour

3. Warm Vapour

Warm, high-pressure vapour then enters a heat exchange, therefore producing heat for the heating system.

4. Condensed Vapour

Condensed vapour then returns to liquid form, passing through an expansion valve, minimizing pressure and temperature. The cycle then repeats itself.

What are the advantages?

1. Health and wellness benefits

Heat pumps operate quietly compared to other heating technologies. For instance, dishwashers and aircon units run at about 60 dB; compared to 40 to 60dB at which heat pumps run. If you install ductless mini splits in your building, they usually only make between 20 to 40dB of noise; which is close to the sound rating of a whisper.

Heat pumps also improve your air quality through air filtration; reducing allergens in your breathing air while heating your environment. 

2. Environmental benefits

Most heating technologies run on fossil fuel or electricity made from burning fossil fuels, thus releasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

Consuming less energy helps reduce your environmental impact as well as your energy bills. Therefore, decreasing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere as well as reducing your carbon footprint.

3. Minimal Maintenance

Heat pumps don't require much maintenance. Although they require a system check once yearly, this can be done by the homeowner instead of paying a professional to do the check. 

For homeowners looking for ways to save money on expensive repair projects, this is a benefit.

4. Efficiency

Heat pumps are more efficient compared to other heating technologies because they use less energy and fuel, some show up to 600% efficiency rates.

They also have a very long lifespan of up to 50 years.

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