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Heat Pumps: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on: January 15th, 2019 by AC Direct

Heat pumps are a sustainable way to heat your property. Depending on the type of heat pump you invest in, they will work in slightly different ways. In the latest post from Air Conditioning Direct, we take a look a more in-depth look at heat pumps and the frequently asked questions surrounding them

Heat pumps may extract thermal energy from the air, water or ground, then “pump” it into your home to provide warmth.

What Maintenance Do Heat Pumps Require?

High-quality heat pumps can be expected to last around 25-30 years and require very little maintenance.

Most ground source heat pumps will require an annual check to ensure they are working correctly. Where a ground source heat pump isn’t working correctly, it may lose up to 25% of its efficiency.

Where there is a problem with the thermostat and the temperature is set too low, the auxiliary heater could begin operating and use much more electricity than it should.

Whilst an air source heat pump also requires very little maintenance, it may be recommended by your supplier to have the heat pump serviced before winter (or summer if used for cooling).

Do I need Planning Permission?

Heat pumps of any variation, are generally allowed as permitted developments in England, but it is always advisable to double check with your local planning office before any work takes place.

How Efficient are Heat Pumps?

Heat pumps are said to be about 3-5 times more efficient than fossil fuel boilers. Due to their ability to heat an entire home during winter, heat pumps have increased in popularity in the colder climates of Scandinavia.

Air Conditioning Direct

Here at Air Conditioning Direct, we have been installing heat pumps across London for many years. If you would like more information regarding our heat pumps or the installation process, we welcome you to contact us. Please call 020 8989 8989 or send your enquiry through to our online contact form.

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