I have recently investigated the potential advantage of Photovoltaic energy PV. I made enquiries with a number of Companies and I asked four of them to come to my house to quote. The difference in approach, attitude and price was considerable. I chose ACE Plumbing Shaftesbury as being the most professional in their approach, together with a favourable price. They kept to their price and timetable. Their work force was on time, efficient and tidy, as was the office back up in Shaftesbury who have to put all the correct paper work in place In order for the Feed In Tariff (FIT ) to become operative
Heat pumps use the same technology as fridges or air-conditioning units, but instead of taking heat out of the house, they extracts heat from the outside air and uses it to heat your home and water. A very efficient way of heating a home, heat pumps require just 1kW of electrical input in order to generate 3kW to 5kW of heating output. This means they are 3 to 5 times more efficient than fossil fuel boilers. And they can warm a house effectively even during the coldest weather.
Yes. In June 2011, the Government is launching the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a new scheme to support the generation of heat from renewable sources. Under the RHI, you will receive regular payments over the whole lifetime of your air source system, based on the (estimated, or “deemed”) amount of heat produced. The government will announce details about payment rates soon. There are also grants and discounts to help with energy efficiency measures. The Energy Saving Trust has a simple questionnaire here that will tell you what schemes you are eligible for.
No. The backup heater is necessary so that water temperature never drops below 15°C during start up of the system or for extra heat during a defrost cycle.
Yes. It will heat water even when outside temperatures reach as high as 35°c. If temperatures rise above 35°c, water can still be heated using the pump’s electric booster heater.
Can radiators be heated by an air source heat pump system even though the temperature is limited at 55°C?
Yes. And many existing older, larger types of radiator will work well with the system. However, smaller radiators may have to be replaced to deliver the required room temperatures.
Certainly. The system can read messages that tell it when a room requires heating or cooling.
The pump has an electric booster heater that can heat your water temperature from 55°c to a maximum of 80°c. A temperature of 55°c though is more than warm enough for a bath.
Absolutely. Ace Energy offers a solar connection kit that allows you to do just this.
This is an electric emersion heater that helps the heat pump when it is severely cold. It switches on automatically when the heat pump cannot reach the required water temperature on its own.
This varies between 2 and 5 years according to which manufacturer is used.
Typically between -15 and – 20 degrees centigrade.