Air source heat pumps

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air This is usually used to heat radiators, underfloor heating systems, or warm air convectors and hot water in your home.

How do air source heat pumps work?

An air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its inside. It can extract heat from the air even when the outside temperature is as low as minus 15° C. Heat pumps have some impact on the environment as they need electricity to run, but the heat they extract from the ground, air, or water is constantly being renewed naturally.

A picture of a air source unit

Air source units can be easier to install than ground source, but may not be as effificent.

Unlike gas or oil boilers, heat pumps deliver heat at lower temperatures over much longer periods. This means that during the winter they may need to be left on 24/7 to heat your home efficiently. It also means that radiators should never feel as hot to the touch as they would do when using a gas or oil boiler.

The benefits of air source heat pumps

  • Can lower fuel bills, especially if you are using conventional electric heating.

  • Can reduce your carbon footprint: heat pumps can lower your home's carbon emissions, depending on which fuel you are replacing.

  • No fuel deliveries required.

  • Can provide space heating and hot water.

  • It's often classed as a 'fit and forget' technology because it needs little maintenance.

  • Can be easier to install than a ground source heat pump, but efficiencies can be lower.

Chapman Plumbing and Heating can offer free advice and quotation for air source systems, so please call 01752 881841 or complete the Quick Enquiry request.

A diagram of an air source system