While in air-conditioning mode, such systems can utilise the heat removed to provide hot water, so satisfying two requirements at the same time.
Heat pump heating systems are recognised as being highly efficient. On average they can produce around 5 kW of usable heat for every 1kW consumed to run the system. In comparison, a typical Gas Condensing boiler produces 0.88 kW of usable heat for every 1kW consumed by the system.
As of April 1st 2005, a change in the U.K building regulations emphasises the need for highly efficient heating systems. Heat pumps can provide a sustainable energy source that exceeds these objectives.
Heat pumps are applicable to a large variety of situations not least due to the possibility of installing the heat exchanger loop horizontally or vertically in the ground or even submerged in a pond, lake or river, with minimal or no visual impact.
This efficient energy source offers:
Typically those who could who can benefit from this technology include: