30 Oct Heat pumps could save 25% on a building’s operating costs
Two of our most popular renewable energy solutions are ground-source heat pumps, and air-source heat pumps. They can carry huge cost and emissions benefits over traditional heat sources such as gas boilers.
A recent report has claimed that heat pumps could actually cut the operating costs of commercial buildings by 25 per cent, as well as helping to improve urban air quality.
Consultancy firm WSP studied the energy models of 600 buildings in Europe, Asia and North America – covering offices, retail centres, warehouses and airports – it concluded that heat pumps were the most cost-effective solutions.
WSP’s research showed that, on a whole-life basis – and without government incentives to support low-carbon heat uptake – heat pumps were 25% cheaper to install and operate than conventional systems. If incentives are taken into account, it added, heat pump lifetime costs are even lower.
Ground-source heat pumps are a popular and cost-effective source of heat, but they require a significant amount of below-ground installation and are therefore a popular choice when they are incorporated as part of the building design and construction phase.
For existing developments in built-up areas, air-source heat pumps are a more viable solution. an air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its inside. It can get heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as -15° C. While heat pumps have some impact on the environment as they need electricity to run, but the heat they extract from the ground, air, or water is constantly being renewed naturally.