Problems with Air Source Heat Pumps
What is an air source heat pump?
The air source heat pump absorbs low-grade energy from the air. Then use the radiator to heat the house or provide hot water. Using heat pumps can be a great way to reduce energy costs and reduce carbon footprint.
Although installing an air source heat pump has almost countless benefits, there are still some issues worth considering before installation.
1. The quality of ASHP
Air source heat pump is a sophisticated high-tech product. Its unit price is not cheap. The quality of the heat pump produced by each manufacturer is different. The unit price is very important, and the later maintenance is also very important. If it breaks. Ordinary people cannot fix it and can only find a professional to fix it. Please try to choose branded products.
2.ASHP needs a suitable location
The heat pump needs to be placed in the correct position. If placed incorrectly, the efficiency may be greatly reduced because the air released from the heat pump will be drawn back from the other side. Although the noise of the heat pump is not large when it is working. But there are still neighbors affected. Place the heat pump as far away as possible from the bedroom.
3.ASHP is not beautiful
Although heat pumps are powerful, they are not beautiful. If you are precious to the look and feel of the garden, then they may not be suitable for you.
4. ASHP low efficiency in winter
The working efficiency of the air source heat pump is related to the temperature of the external environment. The lower the outside temperature, the lower its efficiency. Therefore, heat pumps generally require thermal insulation treatment for houses. It also needs a good heat sink. You need to install underfloor heating.
Some air source heat pump models can absorb heat from the air at temperatures as low as -20°C, but after prolonged exposure to extremely cold weather, you have to find a professional to maintain the equipment.
Snow and ice can accumulate in the devices around the fans and heat exchangers, making it impossible to operate properly or even at all.
5. ASHP installation costs are high
The installation cost of heat pumps may be relatively high-typical air source heat pump installation costs range from US$8,300 to US$9,700.
6.ASHP needs continuous and uninterrupted work
The heat pump needs to work continuously without interruption, so if you keep turning the equipment on and off, you may encounter problems. If you leave the house for one to two days in winter. You have to keep the heat pump working at a low temperature. Because the cost of reheating the entire room will be high.
7.ASHP needs electricity to run
Air source heat pumps require electricity to convert renewable energy into heat for your house, and electricity can be relatively expensive. If you have a cheaper gas supply. Or you have cheaper fuel. It will actually increase your energy bill.
8. Missed the renewable heating bonus
This is not a big problem, but if you miss it, it may increase your expenses a lot.
What are the benefits of air source heat pumps?
The important thing is to weigh the potential benefits and disadvantages. For heat pumps, there are many pros and cons.
1. Reduce energy costs
Due to the very high operating efficiency, heat pumps can provide considerable operating costs. Compared with traditional heating methods, a heat pump with reasonable design, correct installation and correct maintenance can save you more than 50% of heating costs.
2. Easy to use
The air source heat pump can complete its work without interference. You only need to arrange annual service to check the efficiency, performance and safety of the equipment.
3. Long service life
The service life of traditional boilers is about 10 years, but the service life of air source heat pumps is generally 20 years.
4. Run at low temperatures
ASHP can operate at low temperatures ranging from -15°C to -25°C. So you don’t have to worry about it not working.
5. Incentive payment through renewable heat
Air source heat pumps are renewable energy sources covered by the Renewable Energy Incentive Mechanism (RHI). The renewable energy incentive mechanism pays the heat pump owner for the renewable heat it generates.
The air source heat pump is the best source of heating and hot water in your home, and it has the added benefit of a renewable energy system. As we hope you can see, as long as your heat pump is working correctly and efficiently installed, maintained and operated, the benefits of using ASHP can greatly outweigh the problems.
If you are interested in installing an air source heat pump, if you have any questions, please contact Leomon Technology or directly request a quote on our website. https://www.chinaheatpumps.com/