A heat pump is a machine that can heat a home by transferring outside energy into the house as heat. It can be used in the place of a boiler or air conditioning unit. There are three types of heat pump; ground source, air source and hybrid. A ground source heat pump takes energy from the ground, an air source heat pump from the air, and a hybrid does a combination of the two. Because heat pumps use less energy to power themselves than the energy they create in the house, and because they use pre-existing energy, it burns no fuel and therefore creates no emissions.
Heat pumps work a bit like fridges but in reverse. In the same way that a fridge uses outside heat to chill its body, a heat pump uses the outside energy, thermal energy, to keep a home warm. Whether an air or ground source heat pump, they take the air from outside or the warmth from the ground and blow or pump it across a heat exchange surface where the heat is enough to cause a refrigerant to evaporate as a gas. The gas then transfers into a compressor which acts a bit like a pressure cooker; the higher the pressure, the higher the temperature of the gas is raised too. T his is then either blown around the interior of the home, into the central or underfloor heating, or the hot water system. The heat pump will do this continually to keep your home at the right temperature.
A heat pump should take between 3 and 5 days for a team of two to install and complete all the electrical and plumbing work around the house. This does depend on your house size though. It can be a matter of hours for a standard air source heat pump to be fitted. You should have your house assessed beforehand so you know the scale of the work in advance, this should also make the job more efficient for all the contractors involved.
Heat pumps can cost anywhere between £5,000 and £25,000 to purchase and install. Although the government is running the Boiler Upgrade Scheme which is aimed at reducing the upfront cost of installing a low carbon heating system such as heat pumps. You can get: - £5,000 off the cost of installing an air source heat pump - £6,000 off the cost of installing a ground source heat pump
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