In the context of ever rising energy costs and climate change, every household is in need of a heating technology that is future-proof, cost-effective and independent of fossil fuels.
Our environment is full of energy, even at sub-zero temperatures there is plenty of energy available.
Heat Pumps use conventional refrigeration technology to extract the sun’s energy stored in the environment and raise it to a temperature suitable for heating purposes. This principle works even in the middle of winter at temperatures as low as -25°C.
A Nibe heat pump for example; offers you three different future-proof heat sources: outside air, the ground or water.
In this day and age, with skyrocketing fuel bills and the Governments introduction of the “Boiler upgrade scheme” (BUS) public subsidy starting in April 2022, an increasing number of people are turning to alternative means to heat their buildings. The BUS ASHP subsidy will be £5,000/installation and available on a first come first served basis for 3 years with a target of 30,000 homes/year.
Already popular in Europe, air source heat pumps are a low-maintenance, cost-effective means of heating your home.
Generally fitted outside a house, they work by absorbing the free and sustainable latent energy in the air; capturing outside heat in order to generate enough green, low cost energy to heat your building through underfloor heating systems, radiators, and even provide domestic hot water.
Air-to-air heat pumps– extracts latent heat from the outside air and the heat then used to heat the air within you home in a similar way to an air conditioner. They tend to be used on a room by room basis where specific rooms need heating and often cooling in the summer.
Air-to-water – used to heat water in the same way a boiler does. Very suitable for use with underfloor heating. Can also be used to replace a standard boiler with some system changes and radiator upgrades. Please remember a ASHP has a general maximum flow temperature of 50 degrees C unlike a gas or oil boiler running at 70-80. The only time the radiators will not need upgrading in size is when building insulation improvements take place at the same time to reduce the buildings heat loss. It is critical that you get a MCS approved company such as Carbon Legacy to carry out detailed room by room heat loss calculations and demonstrate the potential running cost and CO2 savings achievable with an ASHP system. Please remember in older poorly insulated properties, it may not be possible to achieve running cost savings against mains gas.
So, if the idea of saving money, helping the environment by reducing your CO2 emissions by up to 50% then have your building assessed by us for free.
Ground sourced heat pumps (GSHP) are often the more expensive renewable heating option but they bring the highly desirable benefits of being the most reliable, efficent and lowest maintenance solution available today.
This is demonstrated by the 3 million worldwide installations, with many now over 20 years old. Carbon Legacy’s involvement goes back to 1999 when David Hill, Carbon Legacy’s Managing Director, was the developer of the seventh UK GSHP installation for a new office building in Nottingham. This was a very successful world first that provided commercial heating and cooling.
Having been involved in hundreds of domestic and commercial installations and with the benefit of 21 years’ worth of independent monitoring, we have the confidence to know what a well designed and installed GSHP can consistently deliver. Points to consider when thinking about a GSHP are:
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