Find out how a heat pump works and the different types available
How it works
Find out how a heat pump works
Heat Pump Types
Discover more about the 5 different types of heat pumps for homes.
↓ What is the cost?
What's the typical cost of a heat pump installation in your home?
What could I save?
Discover the kind of savings you could make on your energy bill.
DISCOVER THE ENERGY FOR CHANGE
AND LOOK INTO THE FUTURE OF HEATING
A heat pump heats your home and provides hot tap water, by extracting heat from the air, ground or water source. So it uses renewable energy to create a sustainable heating solution for your home.
Gas boilers are being banned from new homes within five years and they'll soon be phased out of already-built homes too. That means that a renewable energy heat pump is quite simply the future of heating.
Depending on your individual home, a heat pump could simply replace your boiler and be connected to your central heating system, to reduce the environmental impact of your home and save on your energy consumption. So you can be sustainable - and save money too!
Do the heat pump check and find out if if your home is ready for the change to a heat pump. It could be the answer to making your house more energy efficient and environmentally friendly for generations to come.
If you think about a fridge, it will help you to understand how a heat pump works. But 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 you generate the required electricity yourself, for example with solar panels, the CO₂ emissions will be even lower.
Watch animation of how a heat pump works
5 TYPES OF HEAT PUMP
A solution 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:
Ground source heat pumps
A ground source heat pump draws heat from the gruond. 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 system.
Air-to-water heat pumps
By extracting renewable energy from the air, the Daikin Altherma air to water heat pump can provide heating, hot water and even comfort cooling for your home in a more sustainable way.
Hybrid heat pumps
The Daikin Hybrid heat pump combines renewable and traditional energy sources in a highly efficient way for heating, cooling and domestic hot water supply in your home. It is a combination of a gas boiler and heat pump, all in one system.
Air-to-air heat pumps
Air conditioning systems are actually air to air heat pumps, which use a renewable energy source (from the outside air) to efficiently cool and heat your home.
Water-to-water heat pumps
A water-to-water heat pump draws energy from groundwater. The energy is used to heat the house and tap water. A large part of the installation is therefore underground.
More reasons to switch to a heat pump
Great partnered with solar energy
Lower your energy costs by using renewable energy from the sun too. Our solar collectors are easy to install and produce up to 70% of the energy that your hot water heat pumps require.
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 your existing pipes and delivery systems. So you can get the energy efficiency of a heat pump, without having to replace your entire system.
Green 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 the domestic hot water in your home.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Cheaper in the long run
There's no doubt that heat pumps are more expensive to buy than a traditional gas boiler. But if the system is well designed, and your house is well insulated, your energy consumption will be considerably lower with a heat pump.
The exact price of a heat pump installation is not easy to calculate as a 'rule of thumb' because it depends on the construction and energy efficiency of your home, as well as your preferences about how warm you like your home to be, whether you wish to include comfort cooling too and how much hot water you need for baths and showers.
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.
WHAT COULD I SAVE?
Save the planet and save on your energy bill
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 will save on your 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 energy bill as well as reducing your environmental impact!
*Source: British Gas
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