A heat pump captures heat from outside and moves it into your home. It uses electricity to do this, but the heat energy delivered to your home is much more than the electrical energy used to power the system.
Heat pumps are suitable for almost all homes and may also reduce your energy bills, depending on the system you are replacing. There are two main types of heat pump – air source and ground source – in addition to other systems such as hybrid heat pumps that may work for your property.
Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the air to heat your home – even when outside temperatures are as low as -15 degrees. Air source heat pumps require a place outside your home where a unit can be fitted to a wall or placed on the ground. It must have some space around it to allow a good flow of air.
Ground source heat pumps use pipes buried in your garden to extract heat from the ground. You don’t necessarily need a large space, but you will need land near your home suitable for digging trenches or drilling boreholes, so a ground source heat pump is ideal if you’ve got a reasonable sized garden.
If you are considering a heat pump, you may want to read our blog about whether a ground source or air source heat pump is right for you.