What is a heat pump?
A heat pump system allows you to heat your home using energy absorbed from the air around you. It can get heat from the air even when the outside temperature is as low as -15°C. This heat can then be used to heat hot water, radiators, under-floor heating systems or warm air convectors in your home.
How does a heat pump system work?
Heat is extracted from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from inside itself. Heat from the air is absorbed into a fluid. This fluid then passes through a compressor which increases its temperature and transfers its heat to the heating and hot water systems in the house.
A heat pump is up to four times more energy efficient than some traditional heating methods and is recognized as a renewable heat technology by European Union and the UK Renewable Energy Strategy. This allows the opportunity for grant and tax benefits to be claimed.