Air Source Heat Pump Customer Reviews
Heat pumps are becoming more and more popular because they provide heat and hot water to your home, reducing the negative impact on the environment and reducing your costs. An air source heat pump may be a good investment for you, but it is also important to carefully understand other people’s experiences with the system. Customer reviews and experience are an important part of sales, so take some time to read the reviews and thoughts on this page before buying.
How does the air source heat pump work?
An air source heat pump (AHSP) is installed outside the house. The pump absorbs heat from the surrounding air outside and releases it to the home. Air source heat pumps consume electricity during operation, but they are more energy efficient than other types of heating.
The heat pump can heat and cool your home according to the time of year. They are essentially like a reverse refrigerator. In winter, they extract latent heat and bring it into the home to cool the outdoor air. In summer, the same thing happens, but in the opposite direction; the inside of the house is like a refrigerator, and the heat must be removed and pushed outside.
The refrigerant liquid is used to capture heat from the air, so it can be sent to the compressor to increase its temperature. This hotter fluid can then transfer this heat to the heating and hot water system in your home.
The working principle of the heat pump cycle is as follows:
1. The refrigerant liquid passes through the outdoor circuit at a very low temperature. In fact, it is so low that the liquid is heated to the point where it boils and turns into a gas by the waste heat outside.
2. The refrigerant liquid passes through the outdoor circuit at a very low temperature. In fact, it is so low that the liquid is heated to the point where it boils and turns into a gas by the waste heat outside.
3. When the gas enters the indoor coil through the pressure valve, it will cool down and become liquid again.
4. When the gas cools back to the liquid, it will release the heat accumulated in the previous step.
5. The liquid is moved back to the outdoor coil and the process starts again.
Air to water heat pump
The working principle of this system is to use your wet central heating system and distribute heat through it. This form of heat pump works more efficiently at temperatures lower than standard boilers, which makes them more suitable for use with equipment such as floor heating and large radiators. Both of these release heat at lower temperatures and longer periods of time.
Air-to-air heat pump
The function of this system is to generate warm air, which is then circulated by a fan to keep your home warm and comfortable. Usually, they are used for only one function at a time, which is often electricity. Although they can heat water for you, they cannot do this while generating electricity. They can only perform one function at a time.
Heat pump advantages
The advantages of having ASHP are based on energy efficiency and sustainability:
1. Reduce energy costs in most cases, especially if it comes from electricity or storage heating.
2. Improving energy efficiency means that air source heat pumps lead to fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
3. Heat pumps are driven by electricity, which means they can operate entirely on renewable energy sources such as solar, tidal, biomass and geothermal energy.
4. Heat pumps may be eligible for renewable thermal incentive payments.
5. Even in extremely cold conditions, some models can still generate heat.
6. They are suitable for space heating and hot water applications.
7. Easier to install than ground source pumps, ground source pumps need to dig out a considerable garden or yard.
What are the disadvantages of heat pumps?
The disadvantages of owning a heat pump mainly focus on the perceived convenience and setup cost:
1. Although they don’t need space like their ground-source cousins, they still need outdoor space—about as much as air conditioning.
2. Compared with oil or gas boilers, their heat output is lower. A larger heat sink may be required.
3. It requires under-floor or warm air heating to make full use of the heat pump.
4. Houses with poor thermal insulation will not benefit from heat pumps.
5. At present, due to the cost of electricity, heat pumps are not as cost-effective as natural gas heating methods.
Air source heat pump customer reviews
Some customers find that even when compared with traditional heating methods, air source heat pumps are noisy. Some people claimed that it awakened them at night.
Others think it can be an excellent alternative to central heating because it keeps the house at a good and consistent temperature. However, some people think that it is not suitable to replace gas heating, because heating takes a long time and may be inconvenient in winter.
This is a good solution for families with water tanks, who eventually ran out of hot water when the third person showered. The air source heat pump can continuously heat water for you, allowing you to take a hot bath. The family finds this very beneficial.
It was discovered that one of the main drawbacks of this system is that it cannot heat water and your house at the same time. Therefore, when you heat the bath water, the radiator becomes cold and must be heated again. This may cause inconvenience to some people.
Many customers pointed out that they found the system to be very cost-effective and the distributed heat levels were very consistent—especially when used in conjunction with floor heating. It provides a low level of constant heat to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Another important feature that customers noticed is that it can still run below zero, which means you can still stay warm at home even in severe winter. They are also relatively easy to install and maintain, which means they are not troublesome to own and operate.
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