There are many ways to heat a home, and homeowners have to think carefully about each option to see which would work best for them. Some considerations to keep in mind are the amount of energy each option uses and how well each can heat or cool a home. Air to water heat pumps have emerged as great options, especially for homes located in areas with milder climates. Here are some reasons why this heating and cooling solution might be right for your home.
Lower Carbon Footprint
Air to water heat pumps transfer heat from the ambient air to a coolant within the system. The coolant is then used to heat water in a hot water reservoir tank, with the hot water then circulated where it is needed in the house, in most cases radiators and faucets.
Because of how they work, they produce three to four units of heat for every unit of electricity used. This leads to a smaller carbon footprint compared to systems that use electricity, coal, or other fuels. This makes these systems a lot better for eco-conscious homeowners who want to keep their carbon footprints low.
Lower Energy Bills
Since you are using the air outside the home for cooling and heating the home, an air to water heat pump can lead to significant energy savings. Your savings will be even more pronounced if you switch from a coal or electric-base system.
Although the initial installation might be costly depending on the system installed in your home, you will recoup your investment because of the savings you get from using the system.
These Systems Can Be Used for Both Heating and Cooling
Air to water heat pumps can be used to heat or cool the home depending on the temperature outside the home. It can cool the home in the summer and keep it warm in the winter. To ensure proper cooling, the coefficient of performance of the system should be above 0.7.
Additionally, these pumps work very well with underfloor heating which ensures even heating or cooling throughout the home. To get the most out of your air to water heat pump, install underfloor heating.
Used for Heating The Home and Water
Depending on the model, your air to water heat pump can also heat your water. Remember that the coolant heats water that goes to radiators and other heating elements in the home, but a professional can install additional plumbing to ensure some of this water goes to your faucets and shower.
For adequate heating of your home and water, the flow temperature of the system has to be above 55 degrees Celsius. Systems that are only used to heat your home have a typical flow temperature of 35 degrees Celsius.
An air to water heat pump can heat and cool your home adequately, save you money and help keep your carbon footprint low. Modern systems are also very efficient and combine multiple systems including ventilation for a more compact system.