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  • Writer's pictureCliff L'Aimable _Chartered Surveyor & Building Engineer

What are heat pumps?

Updated: Jan 27, 2023

A Guide to Heat Pumps Are you looking for a new way to heat your home? Have you heard about the benefits of utilising a heat pump but don’t know much more than that? Then this quick guide is for you. In this guide, we will discuss what exactly a heat pump is and how it works. The two most popular types of heat pumps are ground source and air source. So let’s dive in and learn more about these efficient heating solutions.

What is a Heat Pump? A heat pump is an energy-efficient device that pumps air from one temperature to another to create warmth or coolness in your home. A heat pump works by drawing in air from outside and then compressing it to increase its temperature before releasing the warm air into your home. The process is reversed in the summer months when the device draws warm air from inside your home, cools it down, and releases it back into the environment.

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How Do Heat Pumps Work? Heat pumps are powered by electricity which drives a compressor that circulates liquid refrigerant through two sets of coils—an evaporator coil located indoors and a condenser coil located outdoors. In winter months, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the outdoor air and carries it inside to be released as warm air throughout your home. In summer months, this process is reversed; the indoor coil absorbs warmth from inside your house and transfers it outside through the condenser coil where it dissipates into the atmosphere—all without generating any additional heat or carbon emissions!

Advantages of Installing a Heat Pump Installing a heat pump will save you money on energy bills due to its increased efficiency compared to other heating systems like gas or oil-fired boilers, electrical convectors or storage heaters. Heat pumps also require less maintenance than traditional heating systems because they have fewer moving parts and don’t require frequent servicing or repairs as often as other systems do. Additionally, because most models come with built-in filters, homeowners won't need to worry about replacing them every few months like they would with other systems.


If you intend to apply for government funding, such as through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, you should pick an installer certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

This means:

They possess technical proficiency, and the goods they use adhere to the necessary standards.

In order to protect you in the event of a problem, MCS certified installers are also required to be registered with a consumer protection programme like RECC or HIES.

Conclusion: Heat pumps are an efficient way to keep your home comfortable year-round while saving money on energy costs at the same time. They work by drawing in air from outside and compressing it before releasing either cool or warm air throughout your home depending on the season. If you are thinking about installing a new heating system for your home, consider investing in a heat pump for improved efficiency and reliability over traditional systems like gas, oil fire boilers or electrical storage heaters.

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