Heat pumps provide heating in a hot water or room heating system by pumping heat from a warm area called the heat source to a cold area called the heat sink. They are based on the principle that heat naturally travels from a warm to a cold area. The most common heat pumps are air and ground sourced, which means they take heat from the surrounding air or ground.
Ground sourced heat pumps are comparatively expensive to install as they require trenches or bore holes to be laid in the ground. On the other hand, air sourced heat pumps are cheaper and quicker to install and hence, more popular than ground sourced heat pumps.
A heat pump helps to cut down energy consumption on room and water heating, which in turn cuts down your energy bills by 30-40%. It is highly efficient too as it generates approximately 3KW of energy for every 1KW of electricity used. Modern heat pumps also provide de-humidifying actions which further help in less energy usage and efficient heat conservation. When installed by MCS (Micro-generation Certification Scheme) accredited firms, you will be eligible for financial aid under Renewable Heat Incentive payments (RHI).Other benefits of heat pumps are: