Even cold air is full of energy and air source heat pumps use the freely available heat in the ambient air to provide efficient heating and hot water at air temperatures as low as -25ºC. Because the source of heat – the air – is abundantly available all around us, air source heat pumps have the advantage of low installation costs and minimal space requirements, while relatively mild winter temperatures in Ireland mean excellent levels of efficiency and performance are achieved throughout the year.
Benefits of the outside air as a heat source:
- Can be utilised all year round between +35ºC and -25ºC.
- Always available and inexhaustible source of heat.
- No requirement for the cost and land area of ground collectors.
- Ideal for new build or retro fit applications, especially where space is limited.
Air source heat pumps – benefits of the Irish climate
Compared with central Europe (where air source heat pumps are already very popular), Ireland has a relatively moderate winter climate. With average winter temperatures of around 5°C, seasonal Co-efficient of performance ( or Efficiency) comparable with ground source (or Geothermal) heat pumps are achievable, without the additional cost of expensive ground loop systems having to be installed.Average Air temperatures in Ireland over a 12 month period