Air-Source Heat Pumps
Air-source heat pumps work in exactly the same way as ground-source heat pumps except that heat energy is extracted from outside air rather than from the ground. This means that an air-source heat pump can produce around 2-3kW of heat energy for every 1kW of electrical energy used to run the heat pump. Although this is less than that of a ground-source heat pump, it is still a usable amount of heat for many customers.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of an air-source heat pump?
The main advantage of an air-source heat pump over a ground-source heat pump is that it does not require any heat collectors laying in the ground. This means it is less disruptive to install and costs are reduced. Air-source heat pumps are suited to smaller sites or where access is restricted although they can successfully be used in small, medium and light industrial applications too.
However, it is important to be aware that heat pumps are not as efficient in extracting energy from the air compared to the ground and there is more fluctuation in available energy in the air over the year (for example during the coldest days of the year, air-source heat pumps will require more energy to provide useful heat).
NIBE VIP installer
NIBE is recognised as one of the leading manufacturers of heat pumps in Europe with highly-efficient products providing a range of heat outputs for both domestic, small and large-scale commercial customers. Michael Magson Ltd is one of a limited number of authorised VIP installers of NIBE products in North Yorkshire, who specifically serves the Pickering and wider Ryedale area.
If you would like to more advice on whether an air-source heat pump is right for you, book a free consultation with Michael Magson Ltd today!