At Solareast we’re specialized in the development and production of AIR TO WATER HEAT PUMPS, but what does an air to water heat pump exactly mean, and how do they work? Let’s find it out together.
Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) are a type of machine that can transfer heat from one location to another using a refrigeration cycle. They use the natural warmth in the air to provide heating and hot water for residential properties. They work by “absorbing heat” from the outside air and then transferring it into your home using a media, that could be air in the air-to-air heat pumps or water in the air-to-water heat pumps. The latter are the ones in which our company is specialized in, and that requires an important degree of expertise to be developed.
In recent years, ASHPs have become increasingly popular as a sustainable and efficient alternative to traditional heating systems, and are widely regarded as the best solution for residential heating in 2023. Let’s analyze the reasons which make air to water heat pumps so appealing for homeowners.
Firstly, they are incredibly energy efficient, with many models boasting a coefficient of performance (COP) of over 3. This means that for every unit of energy they consume, they are able to generate three or more units of heat. By comparison, a conventional gas boiler typically has a COP of around 0.9, meaning it is far less efficient.
Another key advantage of ASHPs is their environmental credentials. Unlike gas boilers, which rely on fossil fuels and produce harmful emissions, ASHPs use a renewable energy source (the air) and have zero carbon emissions at the point of use. This makes them an ideal solution for households looking to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to the fight against climate change. If the electricity they run on is produced with sustainable energy and not with fossil fuel source energy, ASHPs can have net zero carbon footprint.
ASHPs are also incredibly versatile and can be used to provide both heating and hot water for your home. They are particularly effective in well-insulated properties, where they can help to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year without the need for supplementary heating. In addition, many of our models are now equipped with smart controls, which allow homeowners to adjust the temperature remotely via a smartphone app or other internet-connected device.
Many of our competitors still struggle to develop a machine that could be suitable for frigid weathers, but at Solareast we developed an ASHP which employs R290 refrigerant, which beside being more effective in very cold temperatures they have an extremely low Global Warming Potential, means that casually the R290 refrigerant could be released in the environment the potential damage would be a lot lower compare to the R32 refrigerant.
There are, of course, some drawbacks to using ASHPs. The main one is that they can be relatively expensive to install, with upfront costs typically ranging from £6,000 to £12,000. However, it's important to bear in mind that this initial outlay can be recouped over time through lower energy bills and the potential for government incentives such as the RHI in England, or the Federal Funding for Efficient Buildings (BEG) in Germany, or 50/65% IRPEF detraction in Italy.
Overall, Solareast’s air to water heat pumps will be an excellent solution for residential heating in the whole 2023. With their energy efficiency, environmental credentials, and versatility, they offer a range of benefits for homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on their energy bills. If you're thinking of upgrading your heating system, an our ASHPs are definitely worth considering.