Air source heat pumps are being used increasingly within the UK, for a number of reasons including applying a green solution to heating the home. Government encouragement to explore renewable energy sources is another consideration, but a major reason for home and property owners is of course cost! Contractors and engineers are realising that due to customer demand, they need to equip themselves with the skills to install this technology. Energy bills grow year on year, and are always a worry, prompting people to search for a viable answer to the question of affordable, eco friendly heating.
As leading installation and maintenance contractors of high quality air conditioning, the team at Turn Key Air Conditioning Ltd, offer installation of MCVS approved, award winning Ecodan air source heat pumps. These products are expertly designed by Mitsubishi Electric, specifically with the UK climate in mind. We are business solutions partners to Mitsubishi Electric, who are now a globally renowned environmental technologies manufacturer. Their Living Environmental Systems Division, has for some time produced highly energy efficient cooling, heating, ventilation and power within the UK.
This eco friendly technology presents a viable challenge to traditional methods of heating, and gives the home or business owner more control over their energy choices and fuel expenditure. In the UK, heating and hot water accounts for three quarters of the total energy consumption within the home. The government is committed to drastically cutting down Co2 emissions by at least 34% by 2020, which is reflected by its efforts to promote the use of renewable energy. Schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive, which allows people who install and run air source heat pumps, to receive a payment relative to the amount of energy their systems produce.
Perhaps we all need to assess our energy use, and decide whether or not we should alter our approach. The idea of free energy produced by air source heat pumps, is an extremely attractive and satisfying one, and this technology is firmly established and recognised by the UK and EU governments. Many contractors now offer installation and maintenance of air source heat pumps, and like Turn Key Air Conditioning Ltd, have completed a wide variety of projects which incorporate these systems.
The Committee on Climate Change acknowledges that heat pump technology could meet up to 75% of the total residential heat demand in the UK. Constantly researched, developed and upgraded, air source heat pumps are now significantly advanced, with additions such as variable capacity control. Other quality assured factors include a British made cylinder further reducing cost and installation time. Air source heat pumps can now deliver at least 3.2kW of energy for every 1kW of electrical input.
Overshadowing industry and transport, 44% of Co2 emissions in the UK are produced by buildings, which is why the government has strict guidelines relating to new homes and properties. There is now uncompromising criteria when it comes to the design and planning of new builds, meaning energy efficiency must be a priority. All EU member states must abide by rules created by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. These require that all properties including houses, commercial and public buildings must be able to produce an Energy Performance Certificate when sold, built or rented. Larger public buildings must have a Display Energy Certificate available, and air-conditioning systems over 12kW must be regularly inspected by an Energy Assessor.
While modern, purpose built homes will certainly address many of the concerns raised about carbon emissions, it is a fact that by 2050, 75% of traditionally designed homes will still be in use. This makes it imperative that improvements to existing buildings are made in order to fulfil demands like increased energy efficiency. With the popularity of heating innovations like Ecodan air source heat pumps, these aspirations are extremely likely to be realised. A level playing field is rapidly appearing between renewable energy systems like air source heat pumps and traditional fossil fuel systems. Mitsubishi and contractors like ourselves strongly recommend that before considering or embarking upon a home improvement project involving air source heat pump technology, something must be ensured first. That is that the building has undergone basic thermal improvements such as cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, double glazing and even floor insulation for maximum efficiency.
Customers in the Essex or London area can choose to contact reputable companies like Multi Building Services Ltd, to provide their domestic air source heat pumps. Multi Building Services Ltd offer a wide choice of building services including high quality, energy efficient heating systems installation and maintenance.