Heat pumps use environmental energy to generate heating and hot water for your home. Heat pumps extract thermal energy (heat) from the air, ground or a local water source - such as a river, which is then converted by a heat pump to generate heating and hot water for your home.
What is a heat pump?
What you'll learn
- Advantages of a heat pump system
- Types of heat pumps
What are the advantages of a heat pump system?
Incorporating heat pump technology into your home is one of the most economical, effective and environmentally-friendly ways to cover your heating and hot water needs. As the main source of heat generation comes from the environment itself, the amount of energy required to generate the necessary heating for your home is vastly reduced compared to other methods.
Here are some of the benefits of using a heat pump system in your home:
Reduce energy billsHeat pumps generate most of the energy that they require from the environment around them, helping to lower overall running costs and energy bills.
Government incentivesThe Government now offers incentives for homeowners looking to install heat pumps and more sustainable heating options into their properties.
No emissionsHeat pumps produce no emissions and are therefore much more environmentally-friendly than traditional heating systems
Efficient operationsDue to the way in which heat pumps generate their heat, they are incredibly efficient, even in cold temperatures.
SustainableThe utilisation of natural energy sources means the approach to heating and hot water production is particularly sustainable
FlexibleHeat pumps work particularly well with both underfloor heating and radiators with low surface temperatures
Quiet operationVaillant heat pumps are some of the quietest on the market, meaning they can be easily installed even in built-up areas like townhouse complexes and terraced housing estates.
System compatibleA heat pump works excellently as part of a climate controlled system within the home, and integrates easily with a range of controls, including smart home accessories.
Long service lifeModern heat pump units have life expectancies which are on average double that of a typical domestic boiler, with boilers typically expected to last around 10-12 years, and heat pumps having an average lifespan of 20-25 years.
Low maintenanceHeat pumps have a robust design and very few moving parts meaning that they require very little maintenance. Annual checks are required to ensure the terms and condition of the guarantee are adhered to. A regularly serviced and maintained heat pump can last up to 20 years.
Types of heat pumps
There are multiple types of heat pumps that can be used and the best one will likely depend on your home location and surrounding environment. Heat pumps can use air, ground or water sources to generate hot water and heating for your home, with 75% of the energy they used being generated entirely by their surrounding environment (and the further 25% by your household electricity supply).
- Air source heat pumps
- Ground source heat pumps
- Water source heat pumps
How do heat pumps work?
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