Air conditioning units are not only very efficient, but are pleasing on the eye and bring prestige to many new projects. Air conditioning is not just for cooling solutions. Many units which are being supplied to the industry are efficient heating solutions aswell. These units are called heat pumps.
Q. How does a heat pump work?
A. A heatpump works like a refrigerator in reverse. In a refrigerator, the heat is moved from within the fridge to outside of the fridge, so cooling the contents. With a heatpump you can make use of free energy within the air. For each unit of energy you buy as electricity you can get three units back as useful heat.
Q. What sort of efficiencies are produced?
A. Depending on the application and type of heat pump utilised, efficiencies of 300% to 500% are normal.
Q. Will it affect CO2 emissions?
A. Heat pumps emit considerably less CO2 to the atmosphere than gas or oil fired heating systems, so they are environment friendly and the low grade heat source is considered to be a renewable energy source.
Q. Can money be saved?
A. Yes, of course. Due to the dynamic nature of heat pumps their capital cost is higher than conventional heating systems. However, the savings delivered in energy efficiency allows for very low operating costs. The government are allowing a 5% Vat charge in comparison to the normal 17.5% Vat charge should you have a heat pump installed within a domestic application. Many heat pumps are on the ECA list, so full tax rebates can be claimed within the first year of installation.
A video outlining the advantages of heat pumps, the installation, ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, savings and of course the improved environment of the home where the heat pump is installed.
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