There are several different reasons as to why you may want to choose to pick up a heat pump. On this page, we are going to take a look at some of the most common heat pumps on the market, as well as briefly run you through the pros of each of them. Just to ensure that you make a balanced decision, we are even going to walk you through some of the downsides of picking up each of these different heat pumps!
Advantages of Heat Pumps
Let’s start off by talking about heat pumps in general. Here are a few of the biggest pros for going down this route:
- They are cheaper to run than electric heater. They are also a lot cheaper than most oil and gas boilers. As you may well know, heating bills are probably going to shoot up in the winter months. You will be surprised at just how much money you will be able to save if you go down this route!
- Many people opt for heat pumps because they are good for the environment. You will not need to burn oil or gas to run them, which means that there will be no carbon emissions. Sure, you are not going to change the world by switching over to a heat pump, but every little helps, right?
- If you have a heater which requires fuel storage, then you will know just how much space they can potentially take up. Thankfully, that is not going to be an issue with a heat pump. There is no fuel to be stored!
- They are safe to use. There are no gasses being emitted, and there is no chance of combustion. You will not even need to have a flue!
- They require little in the way of maintenance. Yes, you are going to need to check them over once in a while, but for the most part, there is no maintenance needed. You just set them up and they are going to be ‘good to go’.
- For many heat pumps, you will even be able to switch them over to a ‘cooling’ mode during the warmer summer months!
Air Source Heat Pumps
These are going to be far quicker and cheaper to install than a ground source heat pump. However, they are not able to take advantage of that heat underground during the colder months. They tend to be inefficient when the air is cold.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Perhaps the major benefit of ground source heat pumps is the fact that they are going to be very efficient. You will be able to make use of the heat being emitted from the ground during the colder months. This is something which barely changes. Of course, the major downside to going down this route is the fact that you are going to need to take a bit of time installing them. They do need access ‘underground’, after all.