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How a heat pump works
Find out how a heat pump works to heat homes and hot water. It's like a fridge in reverse!
Types of heat pump
Discover more about the 5 different types of heat pumps that you could be installing.
Why install heat pumps
Daikin heat pumps are ideal for renovations and the replacement of old central heating boilers.
Reducing energy costs
Heat pumps are more expensive than boilers. But energy consumption can be much lower.
A logical combination
Daikin and the future of heating
In future, all homes will be heated by heat pumps. A bold claim? Maybe. It’s a prediction we are confident in making though, because heat pumps are the obvious answer to reducing the environmental impact of heating our homes. Heat pumps are more than ready to take on the challenge of home decarbonisation. They are not a technology of the future, but an established solution, ready to go mainstream. And Daikin is ready to be the most suitable partner for all involved in this challenge.
Our ambition is quite clear: we want a heat pump in every European home. No new home should be built with a fossil fuel boiler and no old boiler should be replaced with a new boiler. We will break down any barriers to achieving this vision through relentless innovation and inspiration. We see this as an integral part of our Environmental Vision 2050, our pledge to provide safe and healthy air environments while striving to reduce CO² emissions to zero. And we want to make heat pumps easy to use and good looking too! Reliability, low environmental impact, efficiency and silence are key. This is a part of our pledge to provide the
Energy for change
Watch this animation of how a heat pump works
How does it work
Consider an inverted refrigerator
A heat pump basically works like a fridge in reverse. Whereas a fridge removes heat from the inside of a space and releases it outside the space, a heat pump works the other way around by drawing heat into a space and releasing it to warm up the inside of the space. The heat pump connects directly to a central heating system so it feeds the heat into radiators, wall units or underfloor heating to warm a home.
How does it work?
A heat pump extracts heat from the air, ground or water and uses it to heat a home. This means it is a form of ‘renewable energy’ so it is more efficient than typical heating systems that rely on fossil fuels like gas or oil.
A heat pump runs on electricity: so while the energy consumption in the house increases, the gas consumption decreases. If your customer also uses solar panels, the CO₂ emissions will be even lower.
Something for everyone.
Depending on the heat source, the heat pump can look different in practice. There is almost always an indoor unit. This often does not look much different than a typical boiler and certain types can be hung on the wall, just like a boiler. The five most common types of heat pumps are:
Air to water heat pump
By extracting renewable energy from the air, the Daikin Altherma air-to-water heat pump delivers domestic heating, cooling and hot water production in a sustainable way.
Hybrid heat pump
The Daikin Hybrid heat pump system combines renewable and fossil energy sources in a highly efficient way for domestic heating, cooling and the hot water.
Air to air heat pump
Daikin air conditioning systems are air-to-air heat pumps that use a renewable energy source (outside air) to efficiently cool and heat a home.
Ground source heat pump
A ground source heat pump draws renewable energy from the ground. This low-grade heat is converted by the heat pump into higher temperature heat and this is used to heat the house and domestic hot water.
Water to water heat pump
A water-to-water heat pump draws energy from natural water sources. The energy is used to heat the house and domestic hot water. A large part of the installation is therefore underground.
More reasons to install heat pumps
Combine with solar panels
You can lower customers’ energy costs even further by using renewable energy such as the sun. Solar thermal collectors can be combined with a heat pump to provide a fully integrated renewable energy solution, reducing hot water energy costs by up to 60% compared with traditional fossil fuel systems.
Easy to connect
Daikin heat pumps are ideal for renovations and the replacement of old central heating boilers. The compact design requires minimal installation space and works perfectly with existing pipes and delivery systems. This way you get the energy efficiency of a heat pump, without having to replace the entire system.
Uses heat from the outside air
By extracting renewable energy from the air, the Daikin Altherma low-temperature air to water heat pump provides sustainable heating, cooling and hot water production in your customer’s home.
Reduce energy costs for your customers
Heat pumps are more expensive to purchase than high-efficiency boilers. But if the installation is well designed, the energy consumption is considerably lower. That is why a heat pump is often cheaper in the long run. The price of a heat pump installation is not easy to estimate, without doing detailed calculations, because it depends on the home’s layout and energy efficiency and your customers' personal preferences with regard to comfort (which areas must always be warm and how much hot tap water is needed). For a better idea of heat pump pricing, contact the Daikin heating team today.
Renewable Incentive Scheme
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government financial scheme to promote the use of renewable heat. For the latest information on the scheme, download the Government fact sheet.
Together we have the energy for change
With a national network of Sustainable Home heating specialists, we already have the energy to make a change to the future of heating in the UK. And our network is expanding all the time.
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Be the change
Gas boilers will soon be phased out, and UK homeowners are searching for more eco-friendly ways to heat their homes.
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Daikin Sustainable Home Installer
So if you have the energy for change, and want to find out more about our Sustainable Home Network, register your interest in our next introductory session.
What does it deliver
Save the planet and save on customer’s energy bills
An average family of four living in a four bedroom house spends on average £617 a year on gas and £659 on electricity. Gas is used to heat the house and hot water for taps, showers and baths. This calculation assumes an electricity price of 14.33p per kWh and a gas price of 3.63p per kWh.* The gas price will only increase in the coming years due to government policy and the climate agreement.
In a typical UK household, more than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. A fully electric heat pump uses electricity instead of gas to heat the house and produce hot tap water. This saves on gas costs, while increasing electricity costs. However for homes that do not have a gas supply and are reliant instead on oil for heating, the savings can be significant.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, the potential savings of installing an air-source heat pump in an average sized, four-bedroom detached home are:
- £560 to £650 compared with an old G-rated gas boiler
- £930 to £1,100 compared with an old G-rated oil boiler
- £1,065 to £1,315 compared with electric storage heaters
- £1,365 to £1,610 compared with an old G-rated LPG boiler
Even comparing with a new A-rated boiler, the savings can still be up to £660. And from an environmental point of view, the carbon savings range from 1980kg compared with a new A-rated boiler right up to 7100kg compared with an old G-rated oil boiler. So installing a heat pump really does reduce your customers’ energy bills as well as reducing their environmental impact!
*Source: British Gas
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