Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps are Future Technology Available Today!

Heat pumps are defined as devices that transfers heat from natural surroundings (such as air, water or ground) to properties by reversing the natural flow of heat so that it flows from a lower to a higher temperature. Broad Oak offer different heat pump solutions enabling you to capture the stored energy and use it to heat your home.

To install a ground source heat pump you need adequate outside space for the pipes which are typically buried in trenches. Air source heat pumps take up much less space, but you do need a sufficient distance between the system and your neighbours.

As fossil fuel prices continue to rise and their emissions threaten the environment, many people in the UK are looking for alternative sources of energy that can both save them money and reduce their impact on the environment. Most people now realise that we cannot sustain current levels of pollution through consumption of fossil fuels (which, as well as being damaging, are in finite supply and depleting evermore rapidly). Choosing a heat pump solution for your home means you are choosing to take responsibility for your own planet’s future.

By harnessing the energy stored in the ground, air or water on your property/land, you are tapping in to a source of free energy whilst keeping your home warm and providing yourself and family with a desirable level of comfort. It works just like a refrigerator, but in reverse – moving energy from one place to another. The savings that a heat pump will provide depend on many factors and due to each system being unique, you are best speaking to experts such us at the good people here at Broad Oak about whether and which heat pump systems can be advantageous to you.

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In the same way that your fridge takes the heat out of a bottle of white wine and externalises it (which you can feel at the back of the fridge when it’s cooling things that were originally warm or at room temperature), heat pumps remove solar energy stored in the earth, air or water around your property, compress it to a higher temperature and transfer it into your hot water tank central heating system and/or hot water tank. The many and varied types of heat pump include geothermal, ground source, air source, water source and earth energy. Speak to us today to discuss the options for your property, and unlock your free supply of heat energy!

If you have any enquires or require any additional information please do not hesitate to call our Energy Team on 01782 550371.

 

  1. Savings
  2. STATE-OF-THE-ART CONTROLS

The money you can potentially save using heat pumps will depend on a variety of different factors which we would explain and go through with you. The main thing is that it’s well integrated with your current heating set up and puts you in full control. Also, it’s important that the heat pump system you have installed is done so with realistic expectations for your specific environment and isn’t unduly relied upon if you have high level energy needs in your home (like most families). If it’s possible to implement, under-floor heating is typically more energy efficient than centrally heated radiators as the water doesn't need to be heated up to such high temperatures.

Heat pumps can reduce domestic heating and maintenance costs compared to traditional boilers as well as negate the need for fuel deliveries. Installing a good quality heat pump will also undoubtedly add market value to your property.

You can save up to 80% of your heating costs compared to electric heating systems and up to 60% on heating costs compared to oil-fired or LPG boilers. In fact, savings can be so high that the cost of investment is paid back in just a few years.

Comfort

Many modern heat pumps can both heat and cool your home, providing a comfortable indoor climate right through the year. A heat pump needs minimal servicing or maintenance and once installed, you rarely have to worry about it (unlike traditional boilers!).

Government Renewable Heat incentive

As well as the benefit for producing free heating for your home and doing your bit for the environment, there is now a Government incentive called RH (Renewable Heating Incentive)

18.8 p/kWh is paid for Ground source pumps and 7.3p/kWh for Air source pumps. For both technologies payments continue for 7 years and are linked to inflation.

It is also possible to give you complete control of your heat pump system via the internet. You can keep a regular check on the temperature inside and outside your home and see the current operating status. In the unlikely event that a fault occurs, the pump itself activates an alarm. The alarm message can be sent via text message and/or email to you or your installer. This means that any fault can be quickly rectified.

The Heat Pumps many Benefits include:

  • Reliable, tried and tested technology.
  • Huge savings on fuel bills.
  • Significant reduction in CO2 emissions.
  • Uses less energy and utilises sustainable resource.
  • Easy care, no scheduled maintenance costs.
  • Provides both heating and hot water.
  • Can also provide comfort cooling.
  • Able to heat swimming pools.
  • Compact footprint of around 0.5 m2.
  • Can work both with radiators and underfloor heating.
  • No boiler or fuel tank.
  • No dangerous gases within the house.
  • No local pollution.

The question is which method is best for you? We can help you with this decision.

Air

With an air source heat pump you don’t need to dig or drill. You simply retrieve the energy directly from the surrounding air using an air handling unit. The heat pump is located indoors or outdoors, depending on which model you choose.

Advantages

  • Lower investment costs
  • No drilling needed
  • No impact on the ground and normally no obligation to report the installation to municipal environmental health boards

Ground

Ground source heat pumps retrieve the solar energy found in the ground via a pipe that is buried under your land or property. At a depth of approximately one metre the pipe is coiled around your plot and the energy is then received from the ground in a similar way to the bedrock heat.

Advantages

  • No drilling needed
  • Lower installation costs
  • The pipe in the ground maintains an even temperature throughout the year

Bedrock

A bedrock heat pump uses the solar energy found in the bedrock. Pipes are lowered through one or more boreholes (50-200metres deep) into the bedrock.

Advantages

  • No great size of plot required
  • Little impact on your plot
  • The hole in the rock maintains an even temperature throughout the year
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