Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Air Source Heat Pumps Bringing Wind Of Change

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Today, a wind of remarkable change has emerged as Air Source Heat Pumps or ASHP have become more popular among Social Housing providers and Homeowners. It is possible for you to get easy funds involving renewable energy; tremendous cost savings, and high efficiencies are some of the significant factors that contribute to the popularity of this innovative equipment.

As an alternative to the traditional systems of heating, the utility of ASHP has achieved great heights. However, popularity of ASHP is not limited to homeowners only seeking to decrease their energy bills as there is a sustained price hike in the sector. Under this scenario, there is a growing trend also noticed in social housing sectors as well. Without any doubt, people living in social housing sectors do struggle hard to decrease the burden of increasing fuel shortage among tenants. But, it can be very well observed that ASHP’s can be easily retrofitted into the present properties. Other important features include high efficiencies in its operation and low maintenance needs. Hence, housing associations and homeowners frequently opt for this equipment nowadays.

Working Of Air Source Heat Pump

The basic principle on which an ASHP works is that it extracts heat from the air surrounding you. This is

possible even at temperatures as low as -25° C. The heat is compressed efficiently so that it can be re-distributed through a radiator or heating system installed beneath the floor level. This can be accomplished at a low cost when compared to that of heating of gas or oil through a boiler. The entire process of heating in ASHP is absolutely free from environmental pollution. Thus, it has become a cost effective option for many to use.

Operating Costs Reduced Notably

Without burning gas or oil, it is possible nowadays to transfer heat as they are highly efficient when compared to boiler systems of traditional design. Here, the efficiency of ASHP is that for every 3 kilowatts of heat transfer done into a home or any property, the consumption of electricity is 1 kilowatt. This provides you apparently the rated performance efficiency of the equipment as three hundred percent. This is sometimes termed as Co-efficient of Performance or COP. It is expressed in the ratio of 3:1. Average house owners can achieve a savings of more than 40% by using ASHP with this COP ratio.

Heat Pumps and Its Funding

These heat pumps fall under the category of renewable energy technologies and hence, it has become the most sought after equipment among many housing associations in the UK. However, the most enticing incentives in the form of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) packages were available for the implementation of these projects in the UK during summer of 2013. You might find that all installations executed from the year 2009 are eligible for qualifying for this RHI. So, property owners get adequate funds for installing this ASHP within their property.

Outlook of ASHP

It is expected that by the year 2016, property owners will not be allowed to install gas boilers. The Government continues to strive hard for reducing the carbon content in the atmospheric air as it is harmful and detrimental to the citizens. This coupled with the expected need for RHI will provide an extremely bright future for implementing air source heat pumps projects at all levels of construction activities. No doubt, it plays a great role in bringing out a wind of change for ASHP in the future.


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