As the UK Government is diligently working towards a greener future for the country by 2050 (2038 for Manchester), there's never been a better time to play your part and think about introducing some renewable energy sources into your home and keep your heating bills down.
Compared to gas boilers, using a heating pump is much more efficient. Reports suggest that they produce approximately three times the energy they use. Also, an unfavourable byproduct of gas-reliant appliances is the gargantuan volume of carbon dioxide that they emit; heat pumps run off of electricity and, as such, can help lower your carbon footprint significantly when the electricity comes from "green" sources.
If you're a home or business owner in Manchester for the north west looking for renewable heating solutions, you can't afford to overlook the potential of heat pumps.
Lloyds Gas can install heat pumps on almost any property and can suggest the best option for your property by considering its size, age and location.
We have a team of fully-trained and friendly heat pump installers who can advise you on the correct heat pump for your renewable heating needs. We give honest prices and truly exceptional workmanship, focussing on fast and efficient work without compromising on quality.
Contact us today to receive a free heat pump installation quote for your home or business.
Heat pumps have been around for several years and are a fantastic alternative to traditional heating services such as boilers. They are a renewable heating solution that uses a heat pump to extract heat from natural sources and distribute it around your home or business.
The easiest way to think about them is to compare them to a fridge working in reverse; they are able to transform low-temperature energy to higher-temperature energy using many of the same components that you would find in your fridge, i.e. pumps and a compressor.
Heat pump technology and heat pump systems are quickly becoming the default choice for supplying hot water and warm air to premises. They are versatile systems that offer all of the benefits of conventional heating systems but with the added bonus of providing users with reduced heating costs - a very attractive prospect in current times.
As a renewable heat incentive, the UK government offers grants of up to £5000 for a new heat pump installation -- that's applicable ground source heat pumps or air source heat pumps.
There is more than one type of heat pump, the most common being: ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and water source heat pumps.
The right one for you will be governed by aspects such as budget, space, location and your current heating system.
As the name suggests, ground source heat pumps utilise warmth from the ground to heat your home or business. They have a significant advantage of using existing heat rather than generating it, meaning they offer a fantastic means to heat water, swimming pools and your home, but without the massive running costs.
How does a ground source heat pump work, exactly? Ground source heat pumps work by using what is known as a ground loop. Think of this as an underground circuit of pipes buried beneath your garden. Water runs through these loops repeatedly (like an energy-efficient Scalextric!) and, in turn, absorbs this heat from the earth around it. A pump then channels this into your home, the heat exchanger extracts it and, voila - energy-efficient heat supply.
Where do the loops go? To gather the requisite ground source heat, the loops can be buried in either deep boreholes or specially-built trenches; this will depend on how much surrounding space there is.
Is my house suitable? The suitability of your home will be based on the surrounding land: it needs to be large enough for the pipes and able to be dug up.
What about my radiators? In most instances, you will still be able to use your radiators, but it's worth noting that the system is slightly different to a boiler. They produce heat more slowly and at a lower temperature than boilers, relying on a consistent feed of warmth rather than a short, sharp burst. Because of this, a larger surface area is preferable, ideally, underfloor heating. Alternatively, oversized radiators work just as well.
An air source heat pump uses renewable energy in much the same way as its ground-based counterpart, with the main difference being it draws warmth from outside air instead of the ground.
How do they work?
You may be surprised to learn that an air source heat pump is basically air conditioning working in reverse. It uses the same components: namely, an evaporator coil, compressor pump and a substance called refrigerant. But, because we want heat and not cool air, it also uses a heat exchanger.
The evaporator coil picks up the air from the outside, the compressor pump circulates the refrigerant (getting it to the right temperature by converting it from gas to liquid and then back to gas again), and the heat exchanger spreads it around.
Air source heat pumps can distribute warmth as either air or hot water. Hot water can be utilised for warmth in the same way as boilers, and warm air can be distributed via fans. An underfloor system can also be used.
How are they fitted? Air source heat pumps are fitted on an external wall of the building to draw in the heat.
If you're uncertain about whether an air source pump is right for you, feel free to contact our team to get a free quote and some expert advice.
As with most things, there is not a fixed price for these alternative heat installations, but the £5000-£6000 grant will help you save money.
Because there are a few factors that will determine the price, it's worth getting in touch with our team to get a more accurate estimate.
The initial investment of a heat pump will most certainly be higher than a boiler, but they have significantly lower running costs. In fact, research suggests that a heat pump installation could save up to £870 per year on heating bills making them highly cost-effective.
All of our quotes are free of charge and come with no obligation attached.
When the air and ground are warm in the summer months, there is an abundance of heat to be extracted. However, in cooler temperatures, the heat pump will still perform, but the efficiency will be reduced slightly.
Even in colder or cooling climates, these units still perform, and the heat they deliver will depend on the specific model and its capabilities.
Yes, they do! They can cool the air as well as warm it, making them perfect for domestic use.
Heat pumps and boilers are so vastly different that it's difficult to say that one is better than the other. Whereas a boiler produces a large amount of heat quickly, a heat pump gives a slower, continual flow of warmth.
They are much more efficient than boilers creating anywhere between 300%-500% more energy than they use. They're safer, potentially greener and require less maintenance.
Some of the areas that we provide services to are;
We also offer installation for underfloor heating near you!
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