Air Source Heating – A Complete Overview

How Does Air Source Heating Work?

Air source heating extracts heat from air outside the home; the air to water system will absorbs air into fluid and then runs it through a compressor to increase the temperature. This hot air can then be used to power hot water systems, radiators, underfloor heating and warm air convectors. These systems can work even when the temperature outside is low which means they will run all year round and they will run a heating system and provide you with hot water. There is a second type of system – the air to air which will only create hot air that can be used by fans within your home. These will not produce hot water, which is not always suitable for homes.

Air source heat pump

Air source heat pump

Installation

An air source heating unit looks very much like an air conditioning unit and will sit outside your home in the most suitable position. It is essential that you use a professional installation service to fit your unit to ensure that it will run effectively and efficiently and will meet safety regulations. The cost of having air source heating installed can vary between £6,000 to around £10,000 and will depend on the size of your home.

Planning your air source heating system will save you money.

Planning your air source heating system will save you money.

Is Air Source Heating Right for You?

If you are thinking of having air source heating installed you need to make sure that you have somewhere suitable to position the unit. The best position is somewhere sunny, as the air will be warmer, and the unit can be put on the ground or mounted onto the wall. Doing this will give the unit the best flow of air around it.

Air source heating is simpler and cheaper than installing a fireplace.

Air source heating is simpler and cheaper than installing a fireplace.

You should also ensure that your home is insulated as your new system will produce heat at a slightly lower temperature. So with this in mind check for draughts and make sure the insulation is fit for purpose.

If you have traditional radiators you might find that air source heating will not make them hot enough. This heating system is better suited to warm air heating or underfloor heating as they will work well at lower temperatures.

Benefits of Air Source Heating

If you are using this unit instead of electric heating you will be making savings on your fuel bills.

You will not have to spend very much time and money on maintenance of an air source heating system. They work using technology that is known as ‘fit and forget’ as it will last for many years without breaking down. So if you want a hassle free heating system, this is ideal.

They are very easy to install and will not cause much disruption, if any, to your home while it is being fitted.

Use air source heating to keep one of these high!

Use air source heating to keep one of these high!

A system like this can provide you with heat for much longer than an older type of heating system will do, which is perfect if you want a lower temperature that is more constant in your home.

 

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