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Heat pumps are one of the most effective forms of renewable energy and Ecovision is widely viewed as having one of the leading consultancy teams in the UK when it comes to designing, supplying and installing them. They extract heat from natural sources such as the air, ground or water and release it at a higher temperature to heat your property and/or produce hot water.
The beauty of heat pumps is that they are extremely efficient (up to 400%), require very little maintenance and have a life expectancy of 20-40 years.
Heat pumps have been around for years. They’re automatically installed in 90% of new homes in Sweden, 75% of new homes in Switzerland, and 30% of new homes in Germany. In Sweden and Switzerland respectively, 50% and 35% of existing properties have now fitted heat pumps.
Heat pumps simply replace existing gas-guzzling systems. They connect to existing heating and hot water systems, and will run an existing radiator set up. Heat pumps can link to wet underfloor heating, and we can advise on and install underfloor heating, if it’s appropriate, but that's entirely separate.
Heat pumps produce savings of between 30% and 70% on existing heating and hot water bills. The exact percentage depends on a range of variables (type of heat pump, previous fuel source, size of premises). As fossil fuel prices (inevitably) rise over coming years, the savings will be greater still.
The average gas boiler has a useful life of around 12 years. Heat pumps have a 25 year lifespan. Boilers lose 2% of their efficiency every year on average and require annual check ups. Heat pumps maintain their efficiency from day one and require no regular maintenance.
With a high efficiency condensing gas boiler, for every kwh of energy you put in, you can expect to get 0.9kwh of heating out. With heat pumps, for every kwh of energy you put in, you get (on average) 4 kwhs of heat out. So they’re 400% efficient and provide 100% of your heating and hot water.
Depending on your choice of heat pump, you will reduce your carbon emissions by between 40% and 75%. Heat pumps which are powered by electricity from a green, zero-carbon supplier, will deliver all your home and hot water heating without emitting any carbon whatsoever.
Tighter and tighter legal constraints are coming on stream concerning domestic and commercial emissions. Installing heat pumps and renewable systems puts you ahead of the legislation. If you come to sell a home or business premises, it will be far more attractive to purchasers.
For home-owners using government (MCS) accredited designers and installers such as ourselves to install heat pumps, substantial grants are available, and for businesses, schools, community and not-for profit organisations, a large range of grants, loans and incentives are now coming on stream.
If you own a swimming pool, heat pumps offer one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways of water heating. In the summer, a heat pump can operate in reverse to cool your premises.
Heat pumps have none of the risks associated with flammable and polluting oil and gas-fired systems, particularly in terms of leaks and potential carbon monoxide dangers.
Our expert design consultants can advise on this specialist work by calling them directly on 01666 501580
For any queries or a free quote regarding renewable energy domestic or commercial, replacing an existing inefficient fossil fuel system or as part of a new build project call us now on 01666 501580 or submit your query in our contact us page or in the form above and we’ll be happy to contact you to discuss your requirements.