Which Type of Heat Pump is Best for Your Business?
Heat pumps are increasingly being viewed as the technology of the future for commercial customers. More and more companies are realising how important it is to create a ‘green’ image and reduce their carbon footprint, while also reducing the size of their energy bills.
Aztec Heat Pumps specialise in supplying and installing high-quality ground and air source heat pumps in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Here we look at the different types of heat pumps, and which one is likely to be the most suitable for your business.
Ground Source May Need A Garden
Air source heat pumps are typically located on the side of a company’s premises, or on a flat roof, transferring energy from outside to inside using a refrigeration circuit.
Ground source heat pumps, on the other hand, transfer heat from the earth, or water, through specially-dug trenches or boreholes outside the property, usually in the garden. Many businesses, especially those operating in office blocks, may not have their own internal or external garden or courtyard to make this viable, or may need permissions from local authorities, so an air source heat pump will probably be the better option.
However, there are some types of businesses which are suitable for ground source heating systems because of their residential nature, such as care homes. Other commercial enterprises, such as leisure and theme parks, garden centres and many types of holiday accommodation also have the outdoor space needed for this type of pump.
Ground source pumps can also form part of a ‘district heating’ system, where a central plant room supplies the heat for a series of interconnected buildings, and which are ideal for farm barns or commercial warehouses.
Your Current System
Heat pumps are more cost-effective when they are replacing older systems; it may not make commercial sense to install one if your existing heating system is relatively new.
Also, you will save more on your fuel bills if your heat pump is replacing an oil or an electricity-based system. Once installation costs have been factored in, the running costs of both air and ground source heat pumps are similar to those of mains gas, although with new-build properties you may not have to worry about paying for gas connection costs.
With air source heating systems, installation costs may be lower, but the pumps tend to be slightly less efficient than their ground source counterparts. The higher initial costs may make air source more suitable for smaller businesses.
Both Bring Benefits
Another financial benefit which applies to both types of heat pump is the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive. This Government-backed scheme subsidises the cost of renewable or green forms of energy.
In addition, both types of heat pump will save you space; because it uses natural fuel sources, you will not need to set aside a dedicated storage area. There is also no need to worry about deliveries or the risk of someone stealing your fuel. As there is no combustion involved with heat pumps, both types run relatively silently, and will not distract any of your staff.
Both air and ground source heat pumps will work well in the moderate climate we enjoy throughout East Anglia. And both systems require comparatively little maintenance and will last up to 20 years.
How Aztec Heat Pumps Can Help
At Aztec Heat Pumps, we supply a wide range of ground and air source heat pumps for commercial and domestic customers in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Essex. Our accreditations include the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, and all our work is all covered by guarantees and warranties.
If you would like to know more about how we can help you, follow the link above or call us on 01394 383242