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Air Source Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are seen as very complex machines, but use very simple principles to heat your home extemely efficiently. Both easy to install and easy to use they are a great choice for homes of all sizes, whether you are looking to retrofit one to your existing heating system or building a new home.

What is an Air Source Heat Pump?

A heat pump works much like your freezer at home, only in reverse. It absorbs the heat from the sun outside, then uses a heat exchanger inside to heat the water in our central heating system and hot water cylinders. Simple really!

Because heat pumps absorb what we call “free energy” from the atmosphere the esentially create more energy than they use. So, for 1kW of energy the heat pump uses you can get 3 or 4 kW of energy out the other side! Compare that with a gas or oil boiler, where you put 1kW of energy in and only get 0.95kW of energy out at best and you’re on to a winner with a heat pump.

Is a Heat Pump right for my Home?

It’s suprising how often this question comes up. There are “more suitable” homes for heat pumps, generally those with higher levels of insulation, underfloor heating and off gas are more suitable. But, heat pumps work very well with all types of properties, big or small, old or new, we have installed heat pumps in high tech, very well insulated properties as well as 17th Century listed buildings.

The main thing to consider when installing a heat pump are the potentially high installation costs due to the price of the equipement and because we always quote to bring your homes heating system up to date. In the long run this lowers your costs and makes your home more comfortable.

How much will it cost me?

The cost of heat pumps has dropped alot over the last few years, mainly because they are becoming cheaper to make, but also becuase of the cheaper heat pumps that have been introduced into the market. This has driven the premium manufacturers to lower their prices to remain competitive.

The running costs of a heat pump tend to be 10 to 15% lower than natural gas, 40 to 45% cheaper than oil or lpg and generally around 50% lower than night storage heaters. Of course this varies from property to property, but we often check back with our customers to compare running costs and make sure they’re happy with the end result.

A typical heat pump installation costs anywhere between £6,000 and £9,000 depending on heat pump size, house size etc. Prices can be more or less than this and at Swift we offer all plumbing packages to ensure your heat pump works correctly, this include full heating system installation, both underfloor and radiators. As well as this we install unvented heating systems and hot and cold water feeds throughout your home. So whether your project is a new build or retrofit you can choose us to be your sole plumbing and heating contractor.

By | 2017-06-06T08:17:03+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Technologies|0 Comments