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DS Plumbing and Heating
Covering Kettering, Wellingborough, Northampton, Corby and beyond.
Our team of experienced engineers at DS Plumbing and Heating will work with you to find the perfect heat pump for your home, ensuring that you get the best possible renewable heating solution.
How Heat Pumps Work
Wondering how heat pumps work? The main type of heat pump is an air source heat pump. They work by transferring heat from one place to another, using a refrigerant to absorb the heat from the outside air, and then releasing the warmth inside your home. The process can be reversed to cool your home when the weather is hot.
1. Low temperature air is drawn in from outside.
2. The outside air runs over very cold refrigerant in pipes.
3. A compressor increases the pressure of the refrigerant in the pipes which increases the temperature of the air.
4. The heated air is distributed to the home using new or existing heating system.
5. The temperature can be controlled via thermostat.
6. The expansion valve decreases the pressure of the refrigerant which cools it back down.
7. A reversing mechanism can change the cycle to cool the home during hot weather.
8. The cycle starts again with cooler refrigerant in the pipes.
The Benefits of Heat Pumps
There are two major benefits of heat pumps over traditional heating systems. Heat pumps are more energy efficient and rely on a renewable heat source; the air.
The amount of heat a heat pump produces, is greater than the amount of electricity they need to work. This makes them more energy efficient and can save money on heating bills. The highly renewable energy systems can help reduce your carbon footprint too.
Heat pumps are suitable for most types of homes, with the Energy Saving Trust stating that tens of thousands of heat pumps have already been installed in the UK. Believe it or not, heat pumps are about 300% efficient because of how much heat they produce compared to how much electricity they use. If the electricity used to power them is also from a renewable source, this will greatly reduce your carbon footprint.
More good news, heat pumps can be used in commercial properties and the government will currently put £5,000 towards an air source heat pump as part of their boiler upgrade scheme.
How To Get a Heat Pump in Northamptonshire
You can now get a heat pump in Northamptonshire. DS Plumbing and Heating are qualified heat pump installers having gained a BPEC recognised qualification through Heat Geek. Get in touch with us to get started, then this is the process:
- Our engineers visit and check your home is suitable for a heat pump.
- We create a tailored, no obligation quote that includes the whole system and labour.
- We apply for the government grant on your behalf if applicable.
- We install your new heat pump system and get it all up and running.
- We take you through how it all works so you’re confident using it.
Just like a boiler, we can come back for service and routine maintenance annually. As part of the installation experience, you’ll have access to the Heat Geek platform so you can follow progress and get all the details and advice in one handy place. In addition, you’ll get access to the Homeowner Facebook Group where you can find out about the experience of other people at the different stages of their heat pump journey.
"Excellent Service" from DS Plumbing and Heating
“Excellent service, could of taken the easy route during the installation however took the time and created a cleaner installation of the new boiler and radiators. Highly recommend.“
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Frequently Asked Questions about Air Source Heat Pumps
Air source heat pumps offer several advantages over traditional heating systems such as gas or oil boilers:
More Energy Efficient: Air source heat pumps are over 100% compared to traditional heating systems that are 90% efficient or less! The heat pump process requires much less energy than generating heat from fossil fuels, making them more environmentally friendly and cost-effective in the long run.
Reduced Bills: Air source heat pumps can significantly lower your gas heating bills, especially if you’re replacing an older, less efficient heating system. They also provide cooling in the summer, further enhancing their cost-effectiveness.
Reduces Carbon Footprint: Air source heat pumps produce lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional heating methods. This is because they use renewable energy and little electricity. If you get electricity from a renewable source, a heat pump can become 100% renewable, contributing to a greener and more sustainable home heating solution.
Quiet Operation: Air source heat pumps are much quieter than conventional heating systems, providing a more peaceful living environment for you and your neighbours.
Longevity: Air source heat pumps typically have a longer lifespan than many traditional heating systems and can be serviced once a year.
Your heat pump installer is qualified and trained in choosing the right heat pump for your home and most homes are suitable for an air source heat pump. Your installer will look for the following factors:
Climate: Air source heat pumps work well in moderate climates, but they are effective in temperatures as cold as -20°C.
Insulation: Good insulation is essential to maximize the efficiency of an air source heat pump. Ensure your home is well-insulated, if you don’t know the answer to this you can check your EPC.
Space: You’ll need enough outdoor space for the air source heat pump unit and indoor space for the indoor unit and hot water cylinder if required. Your installer will be able to tell you measurements when they check the property for suitability.
Energy Efficiency Goals: If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and are looking for a more sustainable heating solution, an air source heat pump can align with these goals.
There is currently a government grant available as part of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. You can check if you’re eligible here.
All jobs are quoted for based on the scale and type of project it is as no job is the same. We do only charge £70 (including VAT) for a boiler service though.
Please note, the minimum charge for any job we carry out is £70.
Why Choose Us for Installing Your Air Source Hear Pump
It’s simple really. We turn up when we say we will and perform the job to the highest standards. No short-cuts and no compromise.