Heat pumps explained: Save money with this sustainable gas boiler alternative
Not only can heat pumps help the UK meet the net zero target by 2050, but they are also a money-saving alternative to gas
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The UK is currently experiencing an energy crisis with suppliers across the country going bust as companies struggle to keep up with soaring gas prices.
Many Britons will now see an increase in energy bills.
Alongside rising gas prices, more than 80 percent of UK households will have to switch to new heating systems within the next decade as the government aims to meet its zero emissions target by 2025.
With this in mind, many are considering switching from traditional gas boilers to a more sustainable option.
Heat pumps are proving to be a popular sustainable alternative because they use renewable energies and can save a lot of money in the long term.
But what are heat pumps and how do they work?
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one source, such as geothermal energy in the garden, to another location, such as the hot water system in a house.
Heat pumps are very different from boilers in that they consume a small amount of electricity and at the same time achieve a high level of efficiency, which is usually estimated between 200 and 600%.
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Because heat pumps draw heat from a renewable source before converting it into a liquid, the heat can easily be pumped around a house to keep the room temperature constant.
Why are heat pumps an environmentally friendly option?
These devices are effective alternatives to fossil fuels because they are inexpensive and use renewable energy.
In addition, heat pumps come in two forms: air source and ground source. Both options run on electricity, and electricity can be generated using wind turbines, solar panels, or other renewable technologies.
Therefore, heat pumps can help meet the UK’s ambitious net zero target for 2050 and significantly reduce UK CO2 emissions at national and national levels.
What is the difference between air and ground source heat pumps?
Air-to-water heat pumps are air-to-air pumps that absorb heat from the outside air before being transferred directly into a house via a fan system to heat a room.
Geothermal heat pumps are air-to-water pumps that absorb heat from the outside air before it is transferred through a house’s central heating system to provide hot water, radiators or underfloor heating in an indoor space.
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