It’s never too early to start preparing for winter

It’s never too early to start preparing for winter

Thinking about winter? Probably not, while we continue to enjoy the latest heatwave.  But, did you know that now is actually the ideal time to start thinking about your heating needs for the winter ahead? Throughout August, we will be providing you with a range of advice, tips and information to help you get prepared for the winter ahead.

It really is never too early to be thinking about the winter ahead, and now is the ideal time to start thinking about your heating requirements for the coming winter months.

So what are the options?

A Heat Pump is a great alternative to using other sources to heat your home, offering an an efficient and reliable way to reduce your heating bill. This week we will be taking a closer look at both air source and ground source heat pumps, the benefits of installing a heat pump at your home and how to make sure you get the right system for you.

Let’s take a closer look!

What is an Air Source Heat Pump?

An air source heat pump offers an extremely reliable and efficient source of energy for your heating system. It absorbs heat from the outside air which can then be used to heat your property and hot water system. Did you know an air source heat pump can absorb heat from the air in temperatures as low as -15 degrees?

An air source heat pump is electrically driven and utilises a refrigerant cycle, similar to a ground source heat pump but extracting heat from the air. This heat from the air is absorbed at low temperatures into a fluid inside specially installed pipes. The fluid then passes through a compressor which raises it to a higher temperature, ready to be delivered to your heating and hot water systems.

We work with Mitsubishi to install their Ecodan units, which have become market leaders due to the efficiency, support and proven reliability that they offer. Their latest innovation, Ultra Quiet Ecodan, has sound levels of just 45db which gives even greater flexibility in where the heat pump can be installed.

What are the advantages of Air Source Heat Pumps?

• Running costs – Air Source Heat Pumps are electrically driven which allows them to provide highly predictable running costs and avoid the need for deliveries of fuel with volatile and unpredictable pricing
• Environmental Impact – Our expertly designed systems can offer significant reductions in your carbon dioxide emissions
• Reliability – Air Source Heat Pumps are among the most reliable of renewable heating systems
• Minimal maintenance – Air Source Heat Pumps require very little maintenance

How much does it cost to install an air source heat pump and how much could I save?

The biq question, how much it is going to cost me? A new system will typically cost between £6,000 to £8,000 and running costs can vary depending on your home and requirements. Our expert surveyors can advise on the running costs and potential savings for your unique circumstances.

Find out more about Air Source Heat Pumps.

If you are thinking of investing in a heat pump, you could also consider a ground source heat pump – often considered the most efficient heating technology as they rely on the Earth itself to source heat.

What is a Ground Source Heat Pump?

Renewable Heating

Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) use pipes which are buried in your garden to extract heat from the ground, generated by both sunlight and rainfall. The ground stays at a fairly constant temperature under the surface, so the heat pump can be used all year round.

A ground source heat pump is electrically driven and utilises a refrigerant cycle, similar to an air source heat pump but extracting heat from the ground. This heat is absorbed at low temperatures into a fluid inside specially installed pipes buried underground. The fluid then passes through a compressor which raises it to a higher temperature, ready to be delivered to your heating and hot water systems.

We work in partnership with industry leading manufacturers Kensa to install their award winning British made ground source heat pumps.

What are the advantages of a Ground Source Heat Pump?

• Running costs – Ground Source Heat Pumps are electrically driven which allows them to provide highly predictable running costs and avoid the need for deliveries of fuel with volatile and unpredictable pricing
• Environmental Impact – Our expertly designed systems can offer significant reductions in your carbon dioxide emissions
 Reliability – Ground Source Heat Pumps are among the most reliable of heating systems and require minimal maintenance

You may also be able to claim financial incentives from the governments Renewable Heating Incentive scheme which can provide a significant contribution to the cost of your installation.

Which heat pump is right for me?

It may seem like a difficult decision but as MCS accredited suppliers and installers of both Ground Source and Air Source Heat Pumps we can work with you to decide which is the best solution for your property and budget. We will talk you through the costs, impact of installation, efficiency, maintenance and operation of each system.  You can find out more about choosing a heat pump here.

Alternatively get in touch with our team today to discuss your needs. and get ready for winter!

 

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