Air / Ground Source Heat Pumps
MSC Heating are experienced and fully qualified in both domestic and commercial installations of air and ground source heat pumps covering the UK. We have a friendly team of installation engineers who are happy to discuss the benefits of installing your air or ground source heat pumps as part of your renewable energy system.
How does an Air or Ground Source Heat Pump work?
Air and Ground source heat pumps work by extracting heat from outside air or the ground respectively and transferring it either to the hot water or heating systems of the house, or both.
Air or Ground source heat pumps and your existing heating system
Air or Ground Source Heat Pumps represent an extremely cost effective method of heating both homes and business premises compared with the more traditional form of energy generation using electricity and oil based systems. An Air Source heat pump transfers heat from the air outside to inside, it does not create heat. A Ground Source heat pump transfers heat from the ground , it does not create heat because the energy or electricity it uses to pump the heat from one place to another is less than the energy required to create the heat in the first place it represents an extremely energy efficient process.
Difference between air and ground source heat pumps?
Installing an air source heat pump means there is no digging involved as there is with the installation of a ground source heat pump, in fact the only real evidence you have installed an air source heat pump system is the appearance of the unit outside which resembles an air-conditioning unit. An air source heat pump works along the same principles as a ground source heat pump in that it transfers existing heat from the air instead of the ground. It absorbs heat from the outside air and then compresses the air to increase the temperature of that heat further to create useful heat.
Air and ground source heat pumps provide both hot water and heating and require very little maintenance. Air source heat pumps are generally cheaper to install than ground source heat pumps, however they can be slightly less efficient when providing heating and hot water. They can also be used as air conditioning units when not being used to create heat.
About the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
RHI cash payments are made quarterly over seven years. The amount you receive will depend on a number of factors – including the technology you install, the latest tariffs available for each technology and – in some cases – metering.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK Government scheme set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies amongst householders, communities and businesses through financial incentives. It is the first of its kind in the world and the UK Government expects the RHI to contribute towards the 2020 ambition of 12% of heating coming from renewable sources.
The domestic RHI was launched on 9th April 2014 and provides financial support to the owner of the renewable heating system for seven years. The scheme covers England, Wales and Scotland and is targeted at – but not limited to – off-gas households.
What are the benefits of installing Air or Ground Source Pumps?
There are a number of benefits from installing either air or ground source heat pumps and can vary in degree depending on your exiting heating system. Both systems have the potential to:
- Four times as much energy
- Wide range of temperatures
- Usually located outside
- Retrofitted in existing buildings
- Microgeneration Certification Scheme
- Provides cool air in the summer
- Compact design outside
- Minimal maintenance (fit and forget)
- Heats your home and provides hot water
- Generate income through RHI