Air Source

How do you get Heating & Hot Water from Air?

An air source heat pump captures heat from the air and transfers this heat into the home via a compressor and condenser. By applying a little more energy from electricity a heat pump can raise the temperature of this heat energy to the level required in the home. Heat Pumps offer an energy efficient way of providing heating in the home, as they acquire 78% of their heat energy from free and renewable sources.

Air Source Heat Pumps - Quick Facts:

  • Provides sustainable heating, cooling and hot water
  • Typically 30%-40% reduction in annual energy bills
  • Operates even in freezing temperatures (-20°C)
  • External location saves valuable internal living space
  • Proven technology from Panasonic –first produced in 1973 and already well established across
  • EU Once sized correctly a Heat Pump can provide all heating & hot water without back up from oil, gas or electric heaters.
  • Highly compatible with other energy efficient energy sources e.g. photovoltaic panels
  • Simple to integrate into most heating systems
  • Ideal for use with underfloor heating & aluminium radiators
  • Improved Building Energy Rating (BER)
  • Reduces carbon footprint

Download Panasonic Heat Pump Home Owner Guide for more information

Heat Pump Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What other components do I need to install the heat pump? Typically you will also need a buffer tank of 70 – 90 litres, Hi Gain cylinder with 3m2 coil or Hi Gain cylinder & buffer combi unit, 3 port diverting valve & Y strainer for return line.

Q: Does the heat pump require back up from an oil or gas boiler? No. The Heat Pump can cater for all your heating & hot water needs once sized correctly.

Q: How do I size or know what heat pump i need? There are a number of pieces of information required to size a heat pump, a set of floor plans of the house, type of construction, location of site, hot water requirement etc. Once we have those we can calculate size and produce a design, select a heat pump & give estimated running costs and give estimated comparisons of carbon emissions and costs verses oil, gas etc.

Q: Where do I site my air source heat pump? The heat pump must be placed a minimum of 300mm from a wall , on a plinth so as snow drifting cannot occur in front of the machine. You must also leave clearance in front of the machine, do not locate it in front of a wall or fence. It is advisable to locate the machine so as it is not facing directly in towards a door or window as the air coming from the fan is very cold when machine is in full operation.

Q: Where can I locate the heat pump control panel? The controller comes with a 15m lead which is coiled up in the heat pump. It can be left in the heat pump or it can be sited in your dwelling within the 15m or further if required using an extension cable.

Q: What are the hot water cylinder requirements with a heat pump? Any type of cylinder can be used; copper, stainless steel or glass lined. The key component is the 3m2 or Hi Gain coil which must be in any cylinder that you used with any heat pump. It would be desirable to have an electrical immersion fitted also.

Q: How much space is needed in the boiler house? Heat pumps normally require a footprint of 1m x 1m and are approx 2m high. All heat pumps also require a buffer tank of approx 15 litres per kW so a typical 10kW heat pump requires a minimum of a 50/75 litre buffer. The buffer tank needs a similar footprint as the heat pump.

Q: What type of heating system works best with heat pumps? The best system to use is one that works at low temperatures between 350C - 450C. Underfloor heating is particularly suitable for use with the lower temperature water from heat pumps. The ideal solution if not using under floor heating is to use aluminium radiators which operate efficiently with a flow temperature of 450C. Standard panel radiators can also be used if they are designed correctly.

Free training and consultation for installers is available across our product range. Call 090 64423000 to speak with our renewable energy team or arrange a convenient time.