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Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps

Here at SolarTech our expertise lie within providing renewable energy solutions to our customers. We can provide heat pumps for both the domestic and the commercial sector, offering you a bespoke service that compliments the specific needs of your home or business.

We can provide two different types of heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps, each system has its own individual benefits. Ground source heat pumps work by taking heat from the ground and the heat pump then converts it into usable heat for your home or commercial property. For more information on this type of heat pump, visit the ground source heat pumps page.

Air source heat pumps work by absorbing heat from the air outside, this heat can then be used to heat the water in your home, power your radiators and under floor heating systems as well as warm air convectors.

Heat Pumps

SolarTech specialise in the design, installation and maintenance of air and ground source heat pumps. We install a number of leading brands including Niebe, Daikin, Mitsubishi and Samsung. Heat pumps are an excellent alternative to heating your home and can significantly lower your energy bills.

Ground source heat pumps work by extracting heat from the ground through pipes that are buried underground; the heat obtained can then be transferred into usable heat for your home or business. The heat can be used for space heating as well as the heating of hot water in the home.

Air source heat pumps work by extracting heat from the outside air, similar to the way in which a refrigerator extracts heat from the inside. The heat captured can then be used to heat the water in your home, under floor heating systems, radiators and warm air heating systems.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are heat pumps only suitable for new builds? - click here

No. On a new build project it is difficult to think of a better solution than a heat pump for the space heating and hot water. They are certainly not limited to new build properties though hence the government now incentivising people to replace their existing fossil fuel boilers with a heat pump. Before installing any heating system, every measure that can be taken cost effectively to insulate the property should be taken as this will improve the performance of the heating system. The better the insulation in the property, the less hard the heat pump will need to work minimising the running costs and maximising the lifetime of the equipment. Heat pumps will, if designed correctly still offer huge running cost savings on older properties compared to Oil or LPG.

How much land is required for a ground source? - click here

The amount of land required for a ground source heat pump is dependent on several factors such as size of heat pump, type of ground loop and soil conditions. If doing a horizontal trench a general rule of thumb is that it will need 2.5 times the floor area of the property but this is only a rough estimate. A SolarTech expert will be able to assist on the most cost effective solution.

Our experienced and professional team here at SolarTech have the skills and knowledge to carry out the installation of heat pumps for your home. We can offer you the complete service, from conception to completion, ensuring you’re informed and happy with the process every step of the way. To find out more about our heat pumps and the types of payment schemes that are available call us today on 0845 838 2477 or contact us via our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the domestic hot water produced not very hot? - click here

Both air and ground source heat pumps generally store the domestic hot water that comes out of your taps at around 55’c. This is hot enough to scald human skin so it would not make sense to lower the efficiency of the heat pump in order to produce warmer water. Most experts recommend that hot water temperature should not exceed 51.66° C. A water temperature exceeding this poses serious risk of bad burns, particularly to children. In fact even at 51.66° C, if the child puts his or her hand in the water continuously for two minutes he or she may get second or third degree burns.

Are the units are noisy? - click here

No. Heat pumps are generally very quiet. A ground source heat pump unit can be located anywhere within a property and the noise generated would not be sufficient to cause a problem. The easiest thing to compare the intermittent sound it makes is to compare it to the light humming sound that a refrigerator makes. Air source heat pumps are also very quiet but when stood next to one you can hear the airflow being pulled through the fan. They are generally fitted with anti-vibration pads so this airflow is the only noise heard and would not be noticed inside a well insulated property. SolarTech would always carry out a noise assessment prior to installing a heat pump to ensure that it would not cause a problem for the customer or any neighbouring properties.

Do heat pumps only work with underfloor heating? - click here

No. In order to optimise the performance of the heat pump you want to be able to run it at the lowest possibly flow temperature. In order to do this the distribution system (radiators or underfloor) needs to have a large enough surface area to distribute the heat. Naturally underfloor heating is ideal because your entire floor then becomes the radiator and in most cases a flow temperature as low as 35’c can be run whilst maintaining the design temperature in each room. This doesn’t mean that radiators shouldn’t be used though; in most retrofit cases the disturbance caused by installing underfloor means it is not feasible or desirable. In these instances radiators are absolutely fine but should be sized correctly. SolarTech can advise following a survey the required radiator sizes for each room.

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