Air Source Heat Pumps work on the same principle that refrigerators do. They extract heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge would extract heat from its inside. Essentially, they absorb heat from the outside air, and can still get the job done even when the temperatures plummet below -10° C. The heat that it absorbs can then be used to fuel radiators, heat up underfloor heating systems and even the water in your home.
Why use Air Source Heat Pumps?
- They help bring down the cost of electricity bills considerably
- You won’t need fuel to keep it running
- It has more than one functionality, heating up a variety of appliances
- It requires minimal maintenance compared to other types of heat pumps
When you’re using an Air Source heat pump in your home, you might find that a room takes longer to heat up compared to how long it would take a gas boiler to heat up the radiators, but knowing that it’s a “greener” option, should keep your head in the game for opting in on an Air Source Heat pump.
So how exactly does an Air Source Heat pump work?
Heat from the outside air gets absorbed into a fluid at a low temperature, after this, the fluid passes through the compressor that heats up the temperature and transfers the heat to the heating source of the house.
The two main types of Air Source Heat pumps are
- Air-to-water – This distributes heat via a wet central heating system. These systems are best used in appliances which emit heat at lower temperatures over longer stretches of time such as underfloor heating systems and radiators.
- Air-to-Air. – This is the system that distributes warm air that then gets circulated by fans to create heat inside your home. They don’t really work for heating up water sources, so basically they are good for heating up living rooms.
Before you install an Air Source Heat Pump, you should have the following in place:
- You need space outside your home where the unit can be installed. It has to be either fitted to a wall, or mounted on the ground but does require quite a large amount of space to ensure it gets enough air flow.
- Your house needs to be insulated in order to keep draughts that could eliminate the heat source out and make sure that the gradual heat that the pump is building up isn’t lost through poorly insulated walls.
- You should ideally want to power something like underfloor heating or a warm air heating system, rather than a radiator-based system, because they require lower water temperatures in order to operate at efficient levels.
The Air Source Heat Pump that We Recommend?
The Trane XL16i
The Trane XL16i has the highest SEER and SHPF ratings of all Trane residential Air Source pumps that don’t make use of R22 as a refrigerant. Instead it uses the “greener” R410A refrigerant, which doesn’t harm the ozone layer. When properly installed and placed within the optimal area, it can achieve a SEER rating of 17 and HSPF of 9.85 which really says a lot.
What’s more is that the XL16i also comes with a two stage cooling setting which ensures that its running at optimal rates for energy efficiency for heating and cooling in mild temperatures.
The Trane XL16i has a low noise output of only 74 decibels, which is impressive when you look at what it puts out.
What’s unique about the XL16i?
- We love the fact that it delivers efficient performance, and it’s one of the most energy efficient heat pumps for residential homes.
- The two stage cooling on select models means that interior temperature swings are avoided.
- It really helps significantly lower your home heating and cooling costs due to its awesome efficiency. The materials used in all Trane Heat Pumps are tested and retested for reliability and durability so it also ensures that it’s a heat pump that has been built to last.
- By adding the Trane CleanEffects to your system you can easily apply advanced air filtration that helps to remove more dust from the air, as well as remove pollen and other irritants that might be circulating, that ensure cleaner and healthier air for a more comfortable home