Heat Pumps

The ultimate in heating efficiency

Heat pumps convert low-grade energy from the air or the ground into high grade heat for distribution around your home.

Heat Pumps2023-08-07T12:25:37+01:00
What we do

Harness renewable energy to power and heat our clients’ homes and contribute to a carbon-neutral economy.

Significant Energy Savings and Reduced Carbon Footprint:

A heat pump combined with a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can greatly reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of your home.

Heat pumps are highly efficient devices that transfer heat instead of generating it, using significantly less energy compared to standard boilers.

When powered by solar PV, your heat pump uses clean, renewable energy, further reducing your carbon emissions. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a typical air source heat pump could save between £375 and £650 a year when replacing an oil boiler in a four-bedroom detached home.

Compatibility with the UK Government Boiler Upgrade Scheme:

The UK government has introduced a boiler upgrade scheme to incentivise homeowners to switch from traditional fossil fuel boilers to low-carbon alternatives like heat pumps.

This scheme provides grants to offset the installation cost, making it more affordable to transition towards greener home heating solutions. Please speak to us about this and we can guide you towards a cheaper, greener way to heat and power your home.

Integrated Sustainable Solution:

Pairing a heat pump with a solar PV system creates a harmonious, sustainable energy solution for your home. Solar panels generate electricity during the day, which can be used to power your heat pump.

Any excess electricity can be stored in a home battery system or fed back into the grid, depending on your setup. This efficient use of renewable energy not only lowers your energy bills but also makes your home more self-sufficient, reducing reliance on the grid.

South West Solar can offer all these options within one package which again can mean you see real savings immediately.

The Value of Heat Pumps

Natural, renewable heat for your property

Heat pumps are energy-efficient devices that transfer heat from one location to another, providing both heating and cooling capabilities for residential and commercial spaces.

Heat Pump FAQs

What is a heat pump?2023-05-31T16:22:47+01:00

A heat pump is a heating and cooling system that uses refrigeration technology to transfer heat from one location to another. It can extract heat from the outdoor air, ground, or water sources and transfer it indoors for heating, or vice versa for cooling.

How does a heat pump work?2023-05-31T16:22:20+01:00

Heat pumps work by utilising a refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it circulates through the system. In heating mode, the heat pump extracts heat from the outside source and transfers it indoors. In cooling mode, the process is reversed, and heat is extracted from the indoor space and released outside.

What are the advantages of using a heat pump?2023-05-31T16:21:46+01:00

Heat pumps offer several advantages, including:

  • Energy efficiency: Heat pumps are highly efficient as they transfer heat rather than generating it, resulting in lower energy consumption compared to traditional heating and cooling systems.
  • Versatility: Heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling, eliminating the need for separate systems.
  • Cost savings: By reducing energy consumption, heat pumps can lead to significant cost savings on heating and cooling bills.
  • Environmental friendliness: Heat pumps produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel-based heating systems, making them more environmentally friendly.
Can a heat pump work in cold climates?2023-05-31T16:21:13+01:00

Yes, heat pumps can work efficiently in cold climates. Modern heat pump technology has advanced to operate effectively even in extremely cold temperatures. However, the performance of air-source heat pumps may decline as the temperature drops, so it’s important to choose a heat pump model specifically designed for cold climates or consider supplemental heating options in extremely low temperatures.

Are there different types of heat pumps?2023-05-31T16:20:40+01:00

Yes, there are different types of heat pumps, including:

  • Air-source heat pumps: These extract heat from the outdoor air for heating or cooling.
  • Ground-source (geothermal) heat pumps: These extract heat from the ground through underground loops for heating or cooling.
  • Water-source heat pumps: These extract heat from a water source, such as a lake or well, for heating or cooling.
  • Dual-fuel heat pumps: These combine a heat pump with a backup heating source, such as a gas boiler, for efficient heating in various conditions.
Do heat pumps require regular maintenance?2023-05-31T16:20:02+01:00

Yes, heat pumps require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance. This may include cleaning or replacing air filters, inspecting and cleaning coils, checking refrigerant levels, and conducting overall system checks. It’s recommended to schedule professional maintenance annually or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Can a heat pump replace my existing heating and cooling system?2023-05-31T16:19:25+01:00

In most cases, a heat pump can replace an existing heating and cooling system. However, it’s important to consider factors such as the size and layout of your home, climate conditions, and energy requirements. A professional SWSS HVAC technician can assess your specific needs and determine if a heat pump is suitable for your situation.

Can a heat pump be used for hot water heating?2023-05-31T16:18:36+01:00

Yes, heat pumps can also be used for hot water heating. Dedicated heat pump water heaters can efficiently heat water by extracting heat from the surrounding air or ground. These systems are a cost-effective and energy-efficient alternative to traditional water heaters.

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