Air Source Heat Pumps
If you are exploring the heating and cooling options for a new house or looking for ways to reduce your energy bills, you may be considering a heat pump. A heat pump can provide year-round climate control for your home by supplying heat to it in the winter and cooling it in the summer. Some types can also heat water. In general, using a heat pump alone to meet all your heating needs may not be economical. However, used in conjunction with a supplementary form of heating, such as an oil, gas or electric furnace, a heat pump can provide reliable and economic heating in winter and cooling in summer. If you already have an oil or electric heating system, installing a heat pump may be an effective way to reduce your energy costs. Nevertheless, it is important to consider all the benefits and costs before purchasing a heat pump. While heat pumps may have lower fuel costs than conventional heating and cooling systems, they are more expensive to buy. It is important to carefully weigh your anticipated fuel savings against the initial cost. It is also important to realize that heat pumps will be most economical when used year round.
Investing in a heat pump will make more sense if you are interested in both summer cooling and winter Heating. In addition to looking at cost, you should consider other factors. How much space will the equipment require? Will your supply of energy be interrupted on occasion? If so, how often? Will you need changes or improvements to your ducting system? How much servicing will the system need, and what will it cost? Becoming fully informed about all aspects of home heating and cooling before making your final decision is the key to making the right choice. This booklet describes the most common types of heat pumps, and discusses the factors involved in choosing, installing, operating, and maintaining a heat pump. A brief section on the cost of operating different types of heat pumps and conventional electric heating system is also included.
WHY CHOOSE AN AIR/WATER HEAT PUMP?
European Directive 20/20/20
The 20/20/20 European directive imposes compulsory targets on the EU’s 27 member states, specifying that 20% of energy consumption must be met by renewable sources by 2020. Since air/water heat pumps are now classified as a renewable energy source, their installation will help member states reach this ambitious target. And in many cases, local or regional authorities are offering home owners subsidies to switch their existing heating systems to a renewable source such as a heat pump.