Commercial air source heat pumps

As air is abundantly available, commercial air source heat pumps(ASHP) or reverse cycle heat pumps (RCHP), are a highly effective and a cheaper alternative to gas or electric heating.

This section looks at how ASHP systems work, optimal operating environments and the difference between air-to-water and air-to-air.

Air source heat pumps are one of the many renewable technologies that can qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive, read on to find out how ASHP can benefit your business.

Benefits

  • Cost savings –  a cheaper source of heating, cooling and hot water
  • Very low maintenance.
  • Low carbon emissions (*no carbon emissions if used with a renewable energy e.g solar)
  • May qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

Testimonials

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Freetricity

Being the first project of this kind has meant we have had many hurdles to cross including getting the banks’ approval. However, our tenants’ thanks goes out to all involved in securing this project which will help many out of fuel poverty.

Tarka Housing

How do commercial air source heat pumps work?

Using the principles of a vapor compression refrigeration cycle, an air source heat pump (ASHP) works by extracting low grade useful heat from ambient air and transfers it to a refrigerant which then compresses it to a high pressure.  The higher-grade heat in the refrigerant is then extracted and used to heat a building, hot water or a process. The very same refrigeration cycle can be reversed to provide cooling.

Despite using heat from the air an ASHP is capable of operating n temperatures as low as -15 degrees.

Available as either an air-to-water system or air-to-air; the air-to-water system distributes heat via a hydronic system, using water for the heating process.  By contrast the air-to-air system produces warm air that is then circulated by fans to heat or cool the property, however an air to air system will not produce hot water.

Benefits:

  • Cost savings –  a cheaper source of heating, cooling and hot water
  • Very low maintenance.
  • Low carbon emissions (*no carbon emissions if used with a renewable energy e.g solar)

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The UK government introduced the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in 2014 to encourage businesses and households to embrace renewable heating technology by providing financial support to owners.

Air Source Heat Pumps are one of the renewable technologies that qualify for RHI support and under the scheme it is possible for businesses to receive quarterly cash payments, over a twenty-year period.

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