What is a heat pump?

Homes across the UK and Europe have been using boilers to provide heating and hot water since the late 19th century. 

In that time, modern boilers have evolved significantly: From the original heavy-duty cast iron structures, to new stainless-steel casings; from running on solid fuel to connecting to the gas grid. 

However, boilers still aren’t a perfect solution to today’s home comfort needs – particularly when it comes to their environmental impact. By using fossil fuels to heat your home, a gas-powered boiler pollutes the atmosphere with carbon, contributing to global warming.

A heat pump is the answer to today’s home comfort. 

 

 

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is a modern solution to heating your home, and uses renewable energy to warm your property. It extracts heat from the air, the ground or a nearby water source, using this energy to heat your home – meaning a heat pump produces zero carbon throughout this process.

A heat pump is an eco-friendly choice, making them set to become the future of domestic heating as we all look to reduce our environmental impact.

 

How does a heat pump work?

A heat pump is typically made up of two units – one indoors, like a traditional boiler, and one outdoors. 

There are five different types of heat pump, with some more common than others: 

·      Air-to-air heat pumps

·      Air-to-water heat pumps

·      Ground-source heat pumps

·      Hybrid heat pumps, and 

·      Water-to-water heat pumps 

The different types refer to how the heat pump ‘sources’ its energy – whether from the air, water, or ground – and how it disburses heat – either via air or water.

Ground-source heat pumps require extensive ground works, meaning the potential excavation of your property to install them, and water-source heat pumps require a large body of water in close proximity, making these both more difficult options for most homeowners. 

At Daikin, we specialise in air-to-air, air-to-water and hybrid heat pumps. They’re easy to install by one of our Sustainable Home Network professionals, and can even be integrated with your existing radiators or underfloor heating. Or you can choose to upgrade your home heating system entirely, with all new heating convectors, too.

 

How efficient is a heat pump?

We’ve been developing and refining our world-leading heat pump technology since 1958, ensuring they’re the perfect match for every home and lifestyle. 


Typically, the Coefficient of Performance (COP) of a Daikin heat pump is between 3 and 5. This means for every 1kW of electricity it uses, it will generate 3 – 5 kW of renewable heat, making them up to 5 times more efficient than a standard fossil fuel boiler.

A heat pump can warm your home completely, and produce instant, fresh hot water – even during winter temperatures of as low as -21oC. Their increasing popularity in the cold climates of Scandinavia is testament to their high-performance heating power. 

 

Bring the Energy for Change into your home, with Daikin

Is your home ready for a heat pump? 

Why not take the heat pump check to find out. Or if you have a question about any of our products, fill out our contact form and one of our team will be in touch with the information you need.

 

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