AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS

Bee Warm™, 2023

 

Air Source Heat Pumps

In an era where sustainability and energy efficiency are more critical than ever, it’s time we explore eco-friendly alternatives for heating our homes. Enter air source heat pumps (ASHPs), an innovative solution that promises lower emissions, increased energy efficiency, and substantial cost savings. At Bee Warm Heating & Maintenance, we’re proud to be installing this future-proof technology that revolutionises how we heat our homes.

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WHAT ARE AIR-SOURCE HEAT PUMPS?

ASHPs represent a modern, environmentally friendly heating solution. These systems function by extracting heat from the air outside, even when temperatures are as low as -15°C. This heat is then increased to a higher temperature using a compressor and transferred into your home’s heating system to provide central heating and hot water.

Contrary to traditional heating systems, ASHPs don’t burn fuel to generate heat, making them highly efficient. They’re a form of renewable energy technology that uses the air, an abundant resource, as a heat source, significantly reducing carbon emissions.

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HOW DO AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS WORK?

Air source heat pumps are an innovative, efficient, and renewable means of heating your home. The mechanics behind this technology are rooted in the principles of thermodynamics, the same principles that govern the function of your refrigerator, only in reverse. So, how does an ASHP work? Here’s a simple step-by-step breakdown:

  1. Heat Extraction: An ASHP operates by absorbing heat from the outside air into a fluid that circulates through the heat pump. This process occurs in the evaporator coil of the heat pump and can efficiently extract heat from the air even at temperatures as low as -15°C.
  2. Heat Amplification: The fluid, now carrying the extracted heat, passes into a compressor. Here, as the name implies, the fluid is compressed, causing its temperature to increase significantly.
  3. Heat Transfer: This high-temperature fluid then flows into a heat exchanger, where it releases its heat into the heating and hot water systems of your home.
  4. Cooling and Repeating: After the heat is transferred, the fluid, now cool, expands back into a low-pressure gas as it moves into an expansion valve. It then returns to the evaporator to repeat the cycle, absorbing more heat from the air.

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The continuous cycle of extracting heat from the air, amplifying it, and transferring it to your home makes ASHPs a reliable and consistent heating solution. Furthermore, some ASHPs can work in reverse, absorbing heat from inside the home and releasing it outside, providing a cooling function for warmer months.

ASHPs, therefore, not only bring you excellent efficiency and savings but also provide a year-round, comprehensive climate control solution for your home.

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Transition to an Air Source Heat Pump today and enjoy efficient, eco-friendly warmth. Request a quote today to take the first step towards a sustainable future!

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS?

Transitioning from conventional heating methods like gas or oil boilers to ASHPs presents numerous advantages. While traditional systems generate heat by burning fuel – emitting carbon dioxide and contributing to climate change – ASHPs employ a more sustainable approach, merely transferring heat from the outside air to your home.

Here are some key benefits that set ASHPs apart:

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Energy Efficiency: ASHPs can produce up to three times more heat energy for every unit of electricity they use, making them considerably more efficient than traditional heating methods. This results in less energy consumption and lower utility bills, a win-win situation for your pocket and the environment.

Reduced Carbon Footprint: ASHPs draw heat from the air, a renewable resource, instead of relying on fossil fuels. By doing so, they significantly reduce your carbon emissions, allowing you to contribute to environmental preservation actively.

Versatility: ASHPs aren’t just for the cold months. They can also provide cooling during summer, acting as an all-in-one climate solution for your home.

Low Maintenance: ASHPs are robust and designed to last. They require minimal maintenance compared to traditional heating systems, freeing you from frequent service checks and associated costs.

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COMPATIBILITY OF AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS WITH OTHER SYSTEMS

One of the many strengths of air source heat pumps (ASHPs) is their flexibility and adaptability. They can seamlessly integrate with various existing home heating systems, maximising their efficiency and utility. Here’s a look at how ASHPs work in harmony with radiators, underfloor heating, and ducted air systems.

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Radiators

ASHPs can work with radiators, but it’s worth noting that they produce heat at lower temperatures compared to traditional boilers. To achieve optimum efficiency, it is recommended to pair them with oversized or specially designed radiators known as ‘low-temperature radiators’. These radiators have a larger surface area, which allows them to emit sufficient heat for your home even at the lower water temperatures supplied by an ASHP.

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Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is an ideal match for ASHPs. This system requires water at a lower temperature than traditional radiators, typically around 35-45°C, which is within the optimal operating range of an ASHP. This means that the heat pump can operate at its highest efficiency, providing uniform heating while reducing energy consumption.

The heat distribution with underfloor heating is also more even and comfortable compared to radiators. It heats the entire floor surface, releasing heat evenly across the room and providing an improved sense of comfort.

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Ducted Air Systems

Ducted air systems, also known as forced air systems, circulate heated air throughout the house via a network of ducts and vents. ASHPs can provide the heat for these systems, warming the air that is then distributed around your home.

In summer, the ASHP can function in reverse, absorbing heat from the house and expelling it outdoors, essentially providing air conditioning. This feature, combined with the ducted system’s ability to provide rapid and uniform heating or cooling, makes this pairing an effective year-round climate control solution.

In conclusion, the compatibility of ASHPs with other systems makes them a versatile and flexible heating solution. Whether you have radiators, underfloor heating, or a ducted air system, you can effectively utilise the benefits of an air source heat pump in your home. As with all heating systems, it’s important to ensure that your home is well-insulated and draught-proofed to maximise the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of your ASHP.

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COST SAVINGS WITH AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS

Switching to an ASHP may seem like a substantial upfront investment, but it’s crucial to view it from a long-term perspective. Despite the initial cost, the considerable energy savings make it an economically smart choice.

For instance, replacing an old electric heating system with an ASHP can save you approximately £900 per year on energy costs. Similarly, if you’re replacing a new gas boiler, you could save around £100 – £300 per year.

Moreover, as part of the UK government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme offers financial incentives for homeowners who install renewable heating technologies like ASHPs.

Under this scheme, you may receive quarterly cash payments over seven years, helping to offset the installation costs.

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WHY CHOOSE BEE WARM HEATING & MAINTENANCE

Bee Warm Heating & Maintenance is a trusted provider of heating and boiler solutions, including ASHPs. Here’s why you should choose us:

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Expertise

Our team possesses a deep knowledge of ASHP technology, ensuring efficient and professional installation.

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Comprehensive Service

We offer a complete package from consultation to installation and aftercare.

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Quality Guarantee

We use only the best ASHP brands to ensure your system’s longevity and efficiency.

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Customer-Centric Approach

We’re committed to providing bespoke solutions that fit your specific needs and budget.

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24/7 Support Giving You Piece Of Mind

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Capable Of Installing All Types, Models, And Brands Of Boilers

By choosing Bee Warm Heating & Maintenance, you’re investing in a sustainable future and significant energy savings. Embrace the future of home heating with us – get in touch today.

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Excellent quick service, would definitely recommend. I was let down by British Gas now cancelling my service contract with them and going to use Bee Warm for all my gas work. Thank you Liam!

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Amazing professional service. My call was answered straight away and I didn’t expect them to come out so quickly on a Friday night.. fast and efficient, would highly recommend and will 100% use them again!

Hayley Barlow

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Just want to say thank you to Liam and his team. They have installed a new boiler, from initial contact to completed job, Liam has been fantastic. His communication has been great and the quality of his work is exceptional. He clearly takes pride in doing a tidy job.

Helen Evans

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Liam fitted a new radiator for us in our kitchen. The radiator is literally hanging off the wall. The pipes look like they were fitted with a knife & fork. The workmanship and finish of the job is horrendous. I kick myself every time I look at it for letting Liam leave with the...

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Liam at Bee Warm is very professional, responded to our issue really quickly, gave us a few options with fair prices. Had a new boiler fitted in a better place. Work carried was neat and the space left clean and tidy. Very pleased with the new boiler and new location. 100% recommend Liam.

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