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Air Source Heat Pumps
Heat your home with energy absorbed from the air around you.
Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air. This heat can then be used to heat radiators, underfloor heating systems, and provide you with hot water in your home.
An air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts the heat from its inside. It can get heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as -15° C. Heat pumps have some impact on the environment as they need electricity to run, but the heat they extract from the air is constantly being renewed naturally.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground Source heat pumps take heat out of the ground and concentrate that heat so that it can be used in a normal central heating system. The heat is collected from a network of pipes buried in the ground, either as loops of pipe laid horizontally in the ground, about 1m below ground level, or alternatively as a vertical pipe which can reach a hundred metres or more into the earth in a bore hole. We can also install the pipework in rivers, lakes or very large ponds.
Because the heatpump is collecting heat from the ground, it does not need to burn fuel or use electricity to generate heat. The only power needed is the electricity used to run the various pumps and controls for the heating system, this makes the system much cheaper to run than a conventional heating system, particularly if mains gas is not available.
The heat pump itself is similar in size to a fridge or washing machine, and is usually located inside the property.
The Benefits of Air & Ground Source Heat Pumps.
Could lower your fuel bills, especially if you are replacing conventional electric heating
Could pay for themselves through the government’s Renewable Heat Inventive (RHI), the tariffs are increasing in Spring 2017.
Could lower your home’s carbon emissions, depending on which fuel you are replacing
Don't need expensive fuel deliveries
Will heat your home and provide and hot water
They need little maintenance - they're called ‘fit and forget’ technology. They will need an annual service, to ensure they are working at their full efficiency.
Unlike gas and oil boilers, heat pumps deliver heat at lower temperatures over much longer periods. During the winter they may need to be on constantly to heat your home efficiently. You will also notice that radiators won't feel as hot to the touch as they might do when you are using a gas or oil boiler.
We have been called by several customers recently worried by calls, and letters they have received from companies offering a supposed free maintenance check of their solar system, or offering to upgrade their current solar inverter with a more efficient product. These sales companies have even told customers that MCS have provided their contact details.
Please be assured that MCS do not give out customer contact details - and the old adage seems to be true 'if something sounds too good to be true - it probably is'.
We recommend that an inverter be swapped only when it has been become faulty, the systems do not need any servicing or maintenance.
Ofgem have announced an increase in the tariffs payable for Air & Ground source heat pumps, and Biomass boilers from April 2017.