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What exactly is a heat pump? How does it work? The basic principle is as simple as it is brilliant: take the free energy that exists in the air and ground, and convert it into heating for a house. But things are rarely this straightforward. As the popularity of heat pumps has grown, so has the number of options. Today homeowners who have decided to do something about their heating costs can find it difficult to get an overview of the world of heat pumps. Heat pumps – a smarter use of energy A heat pump from IVT creates a comfortable indoor climate in your home. While it’s supplying your home with heating, hot water and cooling, you can reduce your energy consumption by up to 75 per cent. When it’s time to select a new source of energy for your home, a heat pump from Energy Superstore means you’re also contributing your share to help the environment. Heat Pumps are Economical Solar power generates large amounts of FREE energy that is stored in the air, ground and ground water. A heat pump will help you unlock this free energy. By extracting this heat efficiently you can reduce your energy consumption considerably. The savings are often large enough to pay for the investment in just a few years. Heat Pumps are Comfortable A heat pump requires virtually No maintenance or refilling of fuel, and it’s very easy to operate. You can adjust your indoor temperature with just a touch of a button. The heat pump does not take up much space, normally only about as much as a fridge. Heat Pumps are Eco-friendly By choosing a heat pump you help to reduce the impact on the environment. The technology is well-tested and the EU classifies heat pumps as a renewable source of energy. The amount of solar energy the heat pump extracts is much greater than the amount of energy it consumes. Annual Efficiency COP – efficiency in specific conditions. As a buyer it´s important that you find out how efficient a heat pump is. Most manufacturers present this information in terms of COP (Coefficient of Performance). In specific test conditions, an assessment is made of the heat pump’s ability to supply heat, relative to the amount of electricity required to extract it. If a heat pump has a COP of 4, this means that in the specified test conditions it produces four times more energy than it consumes. Consequently the extracted energy makes up three quarters. Be careful when comparing values It’s important to be conscious when comparing a heat pumps efficiency. Measuring the COP in specified test conditions, without calculating the energy consumption for all the components in the system (e.g. circulation pumps), can produce what seems to be very good values. But a measurement should not be done just to support a manufacturer’s marketing. It should give homeowners like you a more correct picture of how efficient the heat pump is, over time. Annual efficiency – the real measure A far more accurate measure of a heat pump’s performance is its annual efficiency (seasonal performance factor). This incorporates the whole year, including the warmest and the coldest periods, as well as the production of hot water. Other factors that affect the overall result include house size, geographical location and number of residents.

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