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The Fundamentals of a Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)

Air source heat pumps are emerging as a sustainable and energy-efficient solution for heating homes, particularly as people grow more conscious of their environmental impact. With an astounding efficiency rate of over 350%, the air source heat pump is an enticing alternative to conventional heating systems. Let’s delve into how it works and the numerous benefits of integrating it with other technologies like Solar Panels and EV chargers.

At its core, a heat pump operates by extracting heat from the outside air and amplifying it to a temperature high enough to warm your home. It works somewhat like a reverse refrigerator, taking in ambient heat and raising its temperature through compression. This heated air is then circulated through radiators or underfloor heating systems to provide a comfortable indoor environment. Due to its ability to achieve temperatures up to 65 degrees Celsius, you might find there’s no need to change your existing radiators when installing a heat pump.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that heat pumps still work even at -20 degrees Celsius?

Compatibility with Solar Panels

One of the most exciting aspects of a heat pump is its seamless integration with Solar Panels. Solar Panels convert sunlight into electricity, which can then power the Heat Pump. When you pair your heat pump with photovoltaic (PV) panels, you essentially have a self-reliant heating system fuelled by renewable energy. The Solar Panels can generate the electricity that the Heat Pump needs to operate, creating a closed loop of sustainable energy.

Synergy with EV Charger

If you own an electric vehicle, the electricity generated by your Solar Panels can also be used to charge your car via an EV charger. Essentially, you can create a symbiotic relationship between your Heat Pump, Solar Panels, and EV charger. By using the same renewable electricity to both heat your home and charge your car, you make your household a paragon of energy efficiency and sustainability.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that a heat pump can almost certainly heat your home if it was build in the last 40 years?

Time-of-Use Tariff and Why It Works Well with ASHP

A time-of-use tariff is a billing mechanism that charges electricity at varying rates depending on the time of day. Electricity is usually cheaper during off-peak hours and more expensive during peak hours. Air source heat pumps work well with time-of-use tariffs because they can be programmed to operate predominantly during off-peak times, saving you even more money. Octopus Energy states that heat pumps are cheaper to run than gas boilers even on a plain vanilla flat-rate electricity tariff, so imagine the savings when you use it smartly with a time-of-use tariff.

Extra Savings with PV & Batteries

When combined with PV panels and battery storage, the cost-saving potential of a heat pump can be substantial. The excess electricity generated by your Solar Panels can be stored in batteries for later use, reducing your reliance on the grid. When you use this stored electricity to power your Heat Pump, you can achieve even greater savings—over 50% compared to using a traditional gas boiler, in fact.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that you can fix your energy prices at 8.5p/kWh for the next 25 years by buying solar?

Conclusion

In summary, an air source Heat Pump offers not only extraordinary efficiency but also versatile integration options with Solar Panels and EV chargers. With its ability to reach high temperatures without the need for radiator changes, it serves as a practical and cost-efficient solution for home heating. Combined with smart usage through time-of-use tariffs and additional energy sources like PV panels and batteries, an air source heat pump stands out as a cornerstone technology for eco-conscious and economically savvy homeowners.

SOLAR PANEL

Solar panels can help you save money on your electricity bills and reduce carbon footprint.

EV CHARGER

Knowing that you have a dedicated charging spot for your EV can give you peace of mind.

HEAT PUMP

Air source heat pumps can be a cost-effective way to heat and cool your home.