HEATPUMPS


 

Base Engineering have a wealth of experience in the design and installation of Heatpump Systems. Our personnel have been involved in some of the mostnotable domestic and commercial in Ireland and continue to work with manufacturers such as Nibe and Dimplex Renewables at the cutting edge of the Renewable Energy field.

Although a Heatpump will not suit every project we can design systems around Underfloor Heating, SmartRads and even standard radiators. As part of our service we will initially carry out a feasibility survey to provide the client with set up and running costs. If they are happy to proceed we can work with the architects, engineers and other contractors on site to carry their project from the design stage right through to being commissioned by the manufacturer’s engineer to ensure that the highest standards are maintained and that the Heatpumps warranty is issued without delay. As with all of our products, our Heatpump installations are accompanied by a full after sales training, after sales support and service and that we are very proud of.

 

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

Our environment is full of energy, even at sub-zero temperatures there is plenty of energy available.

Heat pumps extract the sun’s energy stored in the environment and raise it to a temperature suitable for heating purposes. This principle works even in the middle of winter at temperatures as low as -25°C.

Heatpumps produce significantly more renewable energy (up to 5 times) than the electricity required to power them, saving you money.  Because they operate at between 55 and 70 degrees centigrade, they work best with low temperature heating systems such as Underfloor Heating and Dimplex SmartRads, which can heat your home effectively at lower water temperatures that conventional radiators.

Using Nature’s Energy Efficiently

Heatpumps are among the most efficient heating and hot water systems available today. Approximately 75% of the energy needed for heating comes from the environment. This means that for every 1kWh of electricity used to power the heat pump compressor, between 3 and 4 kWh of heating energy are produced, giving the heat pump an efficiency of 300-400% or higher.

The heat pump’s “efficiency” is known as it’s “Coefficient of Performance” (CoP). This is simply a ratio between the proportion of the total energy supplied that can be extracted from the environment and the amount supplied by electricity to run the heat pump compressor. The higher the CoP, the more “free” environmental energy the heat pump is using!

Low Ownership Costs

Low fuel costs are only part of the story.  Unlike gas and oil based systems, heat pumps require no costly regular maintenance or annual safety inspections. And because a heat pump has a reasonable life expectancy of 20 – 25 years, typically twice that of a boiler, the investment costs can be recovered over a longer period meaning the ownership costs over the working life of the system are demonstrably lower.

Air Source Heatpumps

Air Source Heat Pumps extract heat from the outside air and using sophisticated heat exchangers this heat is transferred into your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps usually require an external unit collecting ambient heat from the outside air which is then transferred to a ‘wet’ central heating and hot water system.

Benefits:

  • Heat a whole home, commercial or industrial building with no requirement for back-up heating.
  • Inverter driven Heatpumps can modulate and therefore only work hard enough to satisfy the actual heat demand.
  • Heatpumps can be set up to do most of they’re work on the cheaper night rate electricity rate. This can lead to a further 60% saving on running costs.
  • Great for urban properties or properties with no space for ground source loops.
  • Substantial saving on digging & laying ground collectors.
  • Easier to retrofit than ground source suiting older properties, especially those with oil or natural gas boilers.
  • Market leading Dimplex models can reach higher water temperatures, up to 70 degrees, enabling better use with radiators.
  • Ideal for use in conjunction with Underfloor Heating systems.
  • Can also be used with the latest generation of Dimplex SmartRad range of high-efficiency panel radiators or correctly sized aluminium radiators.

 

Ground Source (Geothermal) Heatpumps

Ground Source Heat Pumps work by absorbing the heat from the sun that is stored in the earth.

Ground Source Heat Pumps use a system of pipes containing fluid that are buried underground which absorb geothermal heat and then carry it into your home.

Benefits:

  • Heat a whole home, commercial or industrial building with no requirement for back-up heating.
  • Arguably lowest and most consistent running costs.
  • Heatpumps can be set up to do most of they’re work on the cheaper night rate electricity rate. This can lead to a further 60% saving on running costs
  • Pipes can be laid horizontally or vertically.
  • Ideal for use in conjunction with Underfloor Heating systems.
  • Can also be used with the latest generation of Dimplex SmartRad range of high-efficiency panel radiators or correctly sized aluminium radiators.

 

Base Engineering provide a maintenance & fault finding service on all makes and models of System and provide a full report for each visit. CONTACT US now for further information.