Air Source Heat Pump
Atlantic Contracting North West Ltd installs and commissions all forms of Heat Pumps which include Air Source and Ground Source.
As heat pumps work by extracting available heat from an outside source, air, water, or the ground, they are far more efficient than even the most efficient fossil-fuel based heating systems, but as most domestic and commercial users don't have a large body of water within easy access, the vast majority of installs are either air or ground source heat pumps.
Heat pumps have some impact on the environment as they need electricity to run, but the heat they extract from the ground, air, or water is constantly being renewed naturally and if you have solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on your roof you'll be generating the electricity needed to run the system anyway.
An air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its inside. It can get heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as -15° C. Heat from the air is absorbed at low temperature into a fluid, this fluid then passes through a compressor where its temperature is increased, and transfers its higher temperature heat to the heating and hot water circuits of the house. There are two main types of air source heat pump system:
- An air-to-water system distributes heat via your wet central heating system. Heat pumps work much more efficiently at a lower temperature than a standard boiler system would. So they are more suitable for underfloor heating systems or larger radiators, which give out heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time.
- An air-to-air system produces warm air which is circulated by fans to heat your home. They are unlikely to provide you with hot water as well.
In a well-insulated home, it can take the place of a central heating boiler and should last for over 20 years with low maintenance requirements. Atlantic prides itself with educating its clients on site, advising about after install care for the equipment it uses.