Marc Diaz from Panasonic Heating and Cooling provides an insight into heat pump technologies, and explains why many homeowners could benefit financially from swapping traditional heating systems for solutions that use renewable energies.
Fed up of expensive heating bills? Looking for a cost-effective, efficient heating system that you can trust? Searching for alternative heating to suit you and your home can seem like a daunting process. However, it really doesn’t need to be complicated. Let’s consider the facts…
More and more households are investing in renewable energy technologies, not only because these alternative systems can lead to dramatic savings on their energy bills, but because they’re also kinder to the environment.
Did you know the Government recently launched the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme to encourage consumers to move away from traditional heating systems such as LPG, oil and direct electricity? It’s the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable energy, which financially rewards people who generate and use renewable energy to heat their homes, workspaces and other buildings.
By increasing the generation of heat from renewable energy sources (instead of fossil fuels), the RHI helps the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change.
While solar panels remain a popular choice for people switching to renewables, another option is heat pump technology. This may not be a solution you’re as familiar with, and you may not know that Panasonic has over 40 years’ experience developing innovative heat pump technology, and is undeniably one of the leaders in this ever-growing market.
Panasonic’s range of “air-to-water” heat pumps is called Aquarea. Aquarea can heat and cool your home according to your needs. The air-to-water heat pump extracts heat from outside air and transfers it to a heating circuit and domestic hot water tank. For example, this solution is perfect for under-floor heating.
Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) are relatively easy to install and are renowned for their efficiency which leads to significant cost savings on energy bills. Homeowners are also able to benefit from Panasonic’s new seven-year warranty on parts and labour when their heat pump is installed by one of Panasonic’s qualified PRO Partners.
Government targets focus on reducing carbon emissions and heat pump technology helps us do this in an immediately effective way. By 2020, the aim is for at least 12% of the nation’s heating needs to be serviced using renewable energies.
Panasonic’s Aquarea air-to-water heat pump system is capable of reducing your heating expenses by up to 80%*, in comparison to electrical heaters, and is far more efficient than oil, gas and electric powered heating systems.
To help you understand the benefits and ease of installing air source heat pumps (ASHPs), here are some key facts about the technology.
- Reduce your heating bills and maintenance costs and help you make savings of up to £1,100** a year
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Integrate easily with most heating systems
- Be an energy-efficient alternative to oil, LPG and electric systems
- Be highly compatible with other energy-efficient energy sources, e.g. solar panels
- Provide sustainable heating, cooling and hot water for your home
- Be an ideal solution for properties without access to mains gas
- Operate even in freezing temperatures (-20˚C)
- Be externally positioned, saving valuable internal living space
Heat pumps were first produced by Panasonic in 1973 and were already well-established in other EU countries – the technology is therefore well-developed and respected.
For further information about Panasonic’s heat pumps please visit www.panasonic-heating.com or follow us on Twitter @PanasonicHC_UK
To arrange a FREE home heating survey please call 0800 316 86 86. Our friendly team will be happy to help identify the right solution for you.
* Up to 80% of the heat produced by a heat pump is free, since it comes from the outdoor air. Rating conditions: Heating: Inside air temperature: 20 °C Dry Bulb / Outside air temperature: 7 °C Dry Bulb / 6 °C Wet Bulb. Conditions: Water input temperature: 30 °C Water output temperature: 35 °C
** Based on a floor area of 225m² at 50 Watts per m² using Panasonic’s T-CAP 12kW output heat pump at SCOP (Seasonal Coefficient of Performance) 3.7, Air temperature -8°C/Water temperature 55°C.