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Renewable Energy – Heat Pumps

Renewable Energy – Heat Pumps
Renewable Energy – Heat Pumps….using renewable technologies allows you to heat and power your house or business premises without having to tap into non-renewable power such as fossil fuels, which are starting to run out and take thousands of years to create.

Renewable technologies use power that is given to us by nature through water, sun light and wind for example. Furthermore, they leave little to no carbon footprint, meaning that by using renewable technology, you make a very positive impact on the environment.

What Are Renewable Energy Heat Pumps?

Heat pumps take any available heat from natural sources such as the ground or the air and release it back at a higher temperature. Generally, a heat pump is used to warm a property or provide hot water. Due to the electricity they require to work, heat pumps do have an impact on the environment but the heat that they extract is from a fully renewable source. There are three kinds of heat pumps, being ground source, air source and water source; the first two being the most popular.

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground source heat pumps use the heat that is retained by the earth around 10 meters below the surface. This means that there is a certain requirement that you will need to meet before being able to use ground source heat pumps, which is having the space for a trench or borehole and ground that is suitable for digging.

Some other things to take into consideration are which fuel you will be replacing with your heat pump, which will determine how much you will save. Heat pumps are most effective for providing constant low level heat and are hence not always suitable for heating a full property in winter. Also, if you are currently building or renovating your home, it might be the best time to install the heat pump, in conjunction with under floor heating, which is a major job.

ir Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps use warmth from the air outside to warm your home. Even when the temperature is sub zero outside, air source heat pumps are still able to extract heat. Hence, they are suitable for all year usage. Just as with ground source heat pumps, the considerations are exactly the same.

Potential Savings from Using Heat Pumps

If you are using a ground source heat pump and it is of good quality, you would look at saving around £500($800) per year. It is important to know that installation will cost between £9,000($14.5k) and £17,000($27.2k), so it is a sizable investment. The cost of installing an air source heat pump is between £6,000($9.6k) and £10,000($16k) and the average savings are around £750($1.2k) (for a three bedroomed, semi detached property). With both, it can be advisable to use Economy 7 or Economy 10 tariffs for cheap off peak electricity.

Heat pumps are a great way of using renewable energy to warm your home, or keep it at an even temperature, allowing you to lower your energy bills and make a positive contribution towards the environment. Fire and Ice HVAC Inc., a residential and commercial heating, cooling, and HVAC service offers professional heating repair in Manassas ,Virginia.

Updated: January 29, 2015 — 10:27 pm

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