If your building a home or upgrading and deciding what the most energy efficient way to manage your heating and hot water is, you’ve come across heat pumps. More and more people are choosing to invest in this green technology. In fact, it’s estimated that heat pumps will provide up to 60% of heating for households by 2050 in Ireland. Despite that, this technology is relatively new to the most first-time builders and homeowners. So, let us provide some facts to help make the decision easier.
A heat pump is an electrical device that extracts heat from one place and transfers it to another. A heat pump is not a new technology; it has been used around the world for decades. Refrigerators and air conditioners are both common examples of this technology.
Heat pumps transfer heat by circulating refrigerant through a cycle of evaporation and condensation. A compressor pumps the refrigerant between two heat exchanger coils. In one coil, the refrigerant is evaporated at low pressure and absorbs heat from its surroundings.
The refrigerant is then compressed en route to the other coil, where it condenses at high pressure. At this point, it releases the heat it absorbed earlier in the cycle. Refrigerators and air conditioners are both examples of heat pumps operating only in the cooling mode. A refrigerator is essentially an insulated box with a heat pump system connected to it
So now that’s cleared up let’s get down to brass tax and see what an investment in a heat pump can mean for your pocket.
While the initial investment can cost more than a conventional fuel boiler the running cost can be significantly less. Simple to use and easy to adjust the temperature, with the Joule/Samsung heat pump you can even control the settings on your phone!
Still not convinced? Check out this one simple fact:
Every 1 kWh of energy input = 4 kWh in energy output.
This is an energy efficiency ratio of more than 400%, which is far superior to high energy efficiency boiler systems. Think about it like this: For every one euro of electricity you put in to a heat pump you get four euro worth of heat back.
There can be a lot to think about when building or upgrading your home. That’s why Joule has taken the hassle out of choosing. Joule heat pump systems in conjunction with Samsung are one of the world’s leading suppliers. Joule can tailor your heat pump to your home weather you decide to with underfloor heating or radiators with our first class design and service. We have the complete package to help you reduce your carbon footprint and your bills.