Air Source Heat Pumps as renewable energy
Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) enable the transfer of heat from one space to another, generally from outside the home to inside. Sourcing heat from the atmosphere the pump is able to provide heating to both hot water and indoor space.
Although ASHPs run on electricity they generate significantly less CO2 than conventional heating systems, making them one of renewable energy’s most efficient commodities. Air is a renewable heat source and although the pumps will not completely eradicate a carbon footprint, the low carbon technology will certainly go a long way to lessening environmental impact.
For every unit of electricity used by the pump, between two and three units of heat are generated, which is why ASHP installation qualifies businesses for financial reward under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – launched in April 2014.
As an alternative heating solution, ASHPs are not only an ethical option but can be cost effective too.