As specialists in heat pump repairs, heat pump servicing and new installations in Brackley, we recognise that our line of work is somewhat of an unknown quantity. From air-source heat pumps to ground-source heat pumps, we aim to demystify our industry and make it a simpler trade to understand. Due to their energy-efficient nature, heat pumps continue to grow in popularity. The more we all understand them, the better for us all and the environment.
We cannot overstate how energy efficient heat pump systems are. Of course, a pump of any kind uses electricity. But heat pumps for the home, or indeed any other property, require 1 kilowatt of energy to produce between 2.5 and 4 kilowatts of heat. Compare this to gas boilers, which generate around 1 kilowatt of heat for every 1 kilowatt of power consumed.
With lower carbon emissions and less reliance on gas, not to mention lower utility bills, it’s easy to see the appeal of switching to a heat pump. The more we learn about climate change, the more action we can all take on an individual level. Installing one of our heat pump systems makes for a great starting point.
1. Ground-Source Heat Pumps
These heat pump systems harness natural heat within the ground. This process involves a series of pipes carrying a blend of water and anti-freeze through an underground system. A heat pump then increases the temperature to provide hot water or heating for your Brackley household.
Naturally, ground-source heat pumps, like air-source heat pumps, require electricity to operate, but the amount needed is less than the heat it produces. The heat pump itself performs a similar role to a boiler in a central heating system. However, instead of burning fuel to produce heat, it uses ambient heat from the ground.
The blend of water and anti-freeze passes through the underground loop system, absorbing the naturally-occurring heat therein. This liquid is then compressed before travelling through a heat exchanger that removes the heat. After removal, the heat transfers to a heat pump which makes it readily available to the home heating system used at your Brackley property.
2. Air-Source Heat Pumps
We usually install air-source heat pumps at the side or rear of a property. When fitted, they extract heat from the air, raising its temperature through the use of a heat pump. Much like ground-source heat pumps, they need electricity to operate, but this is typically less energy than the heat it produces.
Air-source devices come in two types: air-to-water heat pumps and air-to-air heat pumps.
The former channels collected air into your Brackley property’s wet central heating system. The heat produced tends to be cooler than that generated by a conventional boiler. As such, you may also need underfloor heating or larger radiators for maximum benefits.
The latter type of air-source heat pumps feed warm air directly into properties through fans. It’s worth noting that this type of system can’t produce hot water.
3. Heat Pump Servicing & Heat Pump Repairs
As with any mechanical system, heat pump servicing and heat pump repairs eventually come into the equation. Servicing forms a vital part of the ongoing optimal performance of your system. These inspections allow us to catch, and fix, small issues before they develop into much larger, more costly repairs. Perhaps more importantly, heat pump servicing also ensures that your system still fully complies with all relevant safety regulations.
In the case of heat pump repairs, we can only deal with these as and when they occur. Generally speaking, problems with air-source heat pumps tend to be easier to fix than those with ground-source heat pumps. This is based solely on the fact that they are above the ground.
Regardless of the heat pump repairs at hand, you can be sure that our personnel offer a fast response to any issue in and around the Brackley area.
To book a consultation with Steve Cross Heat Pumps regarding any of our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
As an independent, customer-focused company, Steve Cross Heat Pumps provides a personal service tailored to your needs. Our business owner personally supervises every project we undertake. With a responsive, knowledgeable office management team, we offer a convenient turnkey service for heat pump systems from a sole contractor.
Are you considering heat pumps for the home? You can rest assured, we treat your property with the care and respect we would expect ourselves. For school-based installations, all our installers have undergone CRB checks.
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