What is renewable energy?
A renewable energy source means energy that is sustainable – something that can’t run out, or is endless, like the sun. When you hear the term ‘alternative energy’ it’s usually referring to renewable energy sources too. It means sources of energy that are alternative to the most commonly used non-sustainable sources – like coal.
Here at Lincoln Plumbing & Heating we offer a range of renewable energy solutions for both residential and commercial customers. This includes air and ground source heat pumps.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump extracts heat energy from the air or ground, even when it is cold outside, and uses this to warm your home or business.
A well-designed heat pump system transfers around three to four times more energy into a property as heat then it uses to extract it. As a result, heat pumps are incredibly efficient and also have the potential to significantly lower fuel bills, particularly in properties without access to mains gas.
Air source heat pumps
Air source heat pumps extract heat energy from the air in order to warm your home or business and provide hot water. Aside from their eco-credentials, an ASHP system is also very efficient. For every unit of energy it uses to extract heat from the air, it typically outputs three times more as heat, meaning ASHP efficiency is around 300%!
Air source heat pump benefits include:
Ground source heat pumps
Ground Source Heat Pumps are made up of a network of water pipes buried underground with a heat pump at ground level. A mixture of water and anti freeze is pumped around the ground loop and absorbs the naturally occurring heat stored in the ground. The water mixture goes through a heat exchanger and is transferred to the heat pump which is then transferred to the home heating system.
Ground source heat pump benefits include: