Fusion Heat and Power are able to advise, build and install a range of different heat pumps. Our expertise ensure your heat pump instalment will provide the highest return of investment to your home or business.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a way of transferring low grade heat from the air, ground or a water source such as a lake or river, and passing the heat across a heat exchanger to heat up refrigerant gas. As the refrigerant gas has an extremely low boiling point, the low grade heat can easily transform the refrigerant source into a gas. The gas is then passed through a compressor (generally a scroll compressor) which increases the pressure and temperature. The heat of the gas is then passed across a second heat exchanger to warm the heating system water, before being de-pressurised in an expansion valve to start the cycle all over again.
Costs. The cost of each heat pump varies depending on the source, for example. Water is more expensive than air due to the increased labour costs. However, the savings made through the goverment RHI scheme greatly reflect these differences.
Planning permission. We can contact your council to see whether you need to apply for planning permission for your heat pump. You won’t need planning permission for most domestic installations, providing they respect certain size criteria, and any perceived noise issues, but exceptions apply for listed buildings, buildings in conservation areas and world heritage sites. Contact us for more help with this.
Maintenance. Heat pump systems are relatively simple and have minimal parts, this means under normal working conditions the heat pump will require only minor maintenance. However, it is recommended that an annual inspection is planned, perhaps the same time as a boiler service, and G3 check is conducted and the fluid is changed every 2 – 5 years. This can be arranged and conducted by Fusion.
Choosing your type of heat pump
- Choosing which type of heat pump is best for your situation is an important decision to make. Fusion Heat & Power can advice you on this. For further help and advice on heat pumps for your home and business contact us here.
Air source heat pumps can be installed in more places then any other type of heat pump due to the minimal amount of space required around the unit. The minimal space required means air source heat pumps are an ideal choice for homeowners wishing to invest in renewable energy.
Ground source heat pumps offer greater efficiencies than air source heat pumps, however you must have land available to either lay horizontal loops (usually in trenches) or to drill vertical bore holes.
Water source. If a source of water is available such as a lake or a pond, then a water source heat pump can be installed. Water source heat pumps are a very efficient source of renewable energy. They achieve this by either laying the loops through the water or pumping from one place to another by means of an open loop system.
Video by heat pump supplier NU Heat.
You can learn more information about heat pumps and how the RHI scheme is available on heat pump projects by visiting the website here.