Air-source heat pumps transfer warmth from the outside air into your home to produce heat and hot water. Even with freezing outdoor temperatures, these units will still draw heat into your property. Although an air-source heat pump runs from an electrical supply, it extracts renewable heat. Because output exceeds electrical input, this benefits the environment and makes homes in the Surrey area more sustainable.
The heat pump installers at Virtue Heating & Plumbing Ltd, from Horley, cover Redhill, Reigate and all nearby areas.
So, how do air-source heat pumps work?
Put simply, the pump absorbs heat from the air and converts it into a fluid which then transfers through a compressor. This converts a low temperature to a high temperature. The pump then transfers the heat of that higher temperature to your home’s heating and hot water circuitry.
There are two air-source heat pump types, air-to-water and air-to-air. Our heat pump installers have experience in both.
Air-to-Water Heat Pumps
These heat pumps absorb heat from the air and transfer that heat as water. This makes air-source heat pumps more suited to homes in the Horley, Redhill and Reigate areas, and to those across Surrey, with wet central heating systems. Air-to-water pumps work more efficiently, at lower temperatures, than a boiler. This makes them suitable for underfloor heating too.
These heat pumps also power larger radiators well. They also qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI).
Air-to-Air Heat Pumps
With an air-to-air heat pump, you will need a circulation system in place to move warm air around your property. These air-source heat pumps tend to be less popular because they only supply homes with heat, not with hot water as well. This explains why our own heat pump installers mainly work on air-to-water models unless the customer insists on air-to-air.
This model does not qualify for the RHI scheme.
We ask that customers make an informed decision when we survey for an installation. In the winter, you may need to run an air-source heat pump continually to keep the home warm. You could also find radiators aren’t as hot to the touch. This is because the pump unit transfers less heat over a longer time and, in turn, this is what makes it more efficient than a boiler and that much better for the global environment.
To get the best from an installation in Horley, Redhill or Reigate, or anywhere else in the Surrey area, we recommend that you consider bigger radiators or underfloor heating.
Benefits of air-source heat pumps include:
• Qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI)
• Pay less in bills than with conventional heating
• Reduce the impact of your carbon footprint
• No need to arrange fuel deliveries in remote areas
• Heat your home and have hot water for daily use
• Minimise the amount of maintenance your home needs
• Easier to install than most ground-source heat pumps
When we survey for an air-source heat pump installation, we must consider if you have somewhere to put it or not, like onto a wall or fixed to brackets on the ground. A wall in a sunny spot with plenty of free space around it works best. You also need to think about which type of pump to use based on whether you have radiators, underfloor heating or electrical heaters, and the insulation levels around your home.
Normally, users switching from electric heating will save more money than those switching from a mains gas supply.
Our heat pump installers offer a flexible range of services within a wide radius of Horley, and Redhill and Reigate are just two locations where we can fit air-source heat pumps for our valued customers. Virtue Heating & Plumbing Ltd can provide you with a free survey and quotation at any time.