With today’s high Energy Prices it makes good financial sense to invest in upgrading your Old Home Heating System.
When it comes to improving the energy efficiency of your home, deciding where to begin can be a challenge.
With an increasing number of new homes equipped with heat pump technology instead of traditional heating systems, homeowners often contemplate whether this is a practical choice for their own residences.
What is a heat pump and how does it work?
The majority of heat pumps are electricity-powered and dispense heat at relatively lower temperatures over extended durations. Because the energy required to operate a heat pump system is minimal when compared to the energy it captures, they exhibit significantly higher energy efficiency in contrast to conventional heating systems.
Traditional systems like storage heaters or gas boilers cannot generate more heat than what’s inherent in their fuel source. In contrast, a heat pump generally yields three to four units of heat for every unit of electricity consumed.
What categories or varieties of heat pumps exist?
Heat pumps come in a number of different formats.
Air source heat pump systems extract heat from the ambient outdoor air, typically utilizing an external unit. Unlike ground source heat pump systems, they don’t necessitate underground piping for heat sourcing, which can make them a more cost-effective and straightforward installation option.
There are a number of different types of air source heaters. Air-to-water systems disperse heat through radiators or underfloor heating while simultaneously producing hot water. Air to air systems distribute heat via air units in the home and generally do not provide hot water.
Ground Source heat pump systems, also known as a geothermal heat pump system, uses the earth as a source of renewable heat. Heat is drawn from the ground through collector pipes and transferred to the heat pump.
Water source heat pump systems use open water, such as lakes, rivers or streams as a heat source. Like ground source systems, they can be more expensive to install, but can have a more consistent performance, particularly in colder weather.