When it comes to making energy-efficient upgrades to your business, it can be difficult to know where to start. With many new build homes and commercial buildings coming with heat pump technology installed rather than fossil fuel systems, many owners are now considering heat pumps as the most viable option for their business.
What is a commercial heat pump and how does it work?
A heat pump is an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient way to heat your business. Heat pumps take energy from renewable energy sources outside such as air, water or the ground in order to generate the heat requirements of your building.
What are the types of heat pumps available?
Commercial heat pumps come in several different formats.
Air Source heat pump extract heat from the air with an external unit, these systems are easy to install as they do not require underground piping to source heat.
Ground Sources heat pump use the earth as a source of heat as the heat is drawn from the ground through pipes and transferred to the heat pump to distribute the heat to your building.
Water Source heat pump will use open water such as lakes rivers and streams as the source to gather heat. Like ground source heat pumps water source heat pumps can be more expensive to install due to the underground work and piping that needs to be installed.
Benefits of a heat pump system?
The main benefits of installing a heat pump are:
- Reduced overhead costs
- Lower carbon emissions
- Little maintenance required
- Safer than conventional fossil fuel boilers
What grants are available for heat pumps?
The SEAI offers grants such as the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat to help businesses with the installation of heat pump systems.
Is a heat pump the right option for your business?
Heat pump systems are most beneficial when generating heating for buildings that are efficiently insulated. In many cases, heat pump installations tend to be in conjunction with a retrofit in order to maximize and improve the energy performance of your business.
Before installing a heat pump system an energy audit should be conducted to ensure the building is suitable and identify any other works that may be required to maximize the efficiency of your heat pump.
Still unsure on what is best for your business, speak to a member of our team today on 051 364 054.
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