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Why Choose Commercial Heat Pumps for Your Business

Heat Pumps are leading the way to cleaner, greener energy solutions as they are ideal for domestic buildings as well as being suitable for commercial buildings.  Research shows that commercial heating contributes close to 40% of CO2 emissions. Therefore taking definitive steps towards reducing your business’ carbon emissions and using energy more efficiently is your corporate responsibility as well as your duty to the community. Using heat pumps in your commercial building will significantly reduce the impact your business has on the environment.

HP Energy for Commercial Heat Pumps

HP Energy engineers are experts in energy efficiency and installing renewable energy technology for both domestic and commercial properties. We have the knowledge, skill and experience to install heat pumps in your commercial building, both high and low temperature solutions. HP Energy installs, services and repairs systems from Samsung, Daikin, Panasonic, Mitsubishi and Dimplex. For more information on the services that HP Energy offer, please visit our About Us page. Alternative you can contact us if you have any questions.

Commercial Heat Pump Suitability

Commercial heat pumps function best when providing heat over a long period of time at a lower temperature (35-55 degrees C). This is ideal for commercial buildings as many will be accessible to employees or other authorised personnel over extensive periods of time throughout the day, and some may even be accessible 24 hours. In order to allow the heating circuit that runs at a lower temperature to benefit from this lower temperature output, your building must be well insulated and fairly air tight. Most commercial buildings have these advantages.

Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The RHI is open to commercial, industrial, public sector and non-profit organisations in the UK. This includes small businesses, schools, hospitals and district heating schemes where one installation serves multiple homes. To qualify for RHI payments your property must be energy efficient. If you own a large scale building with several occupancies, it is likely you will benefit more from commercial heat pumps.

Eligibility for Non-Domestic RHI

If you own a commercial building and arranged the install of a renewable heat technology that was installed on or after 15th July 2009 then you are eligible for RHI payments. There are compliance procedures that must be adhered to in order to maintain your RHI payments. For more information about the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive you can visit the Ofgem website.

Integrating Commercial Heat Pumps with Other Renewable Heating Systems

Heat pumps are energy efficient and can be used with solar water heating systems which use free heat from the sun to heat water. Solar water heating systems are free to run, after initial install, and of course will lower your business’ carbon foot print.

Ground Source Commercial Heat Pumps

Ground source heat pumps use solar energy stored in the ground to provide an exceptionally energy efficient way of heating buildings. Therefore ground source heat pumps are ideal for low environmental impact projects.

Integrating Ground Source Heat Pumps with Existing Heating Systems

If you require the temperature to be raised in certain rooms then it is possible to do this with the use of a central heating system or compact room heaters. However the use of this type of appliance could affect your eligibility for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). If you are planning on applying for RHI payments, please confirm the effect of using additional or pre-existing heating systems prior to installing your heat pump.

Air Source Commercial Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps convert heat energy from the air to provide heat and hot water for buildings both commercial and domestic. Although they run on electricity, air source heat pumps are far more superior in terms of efficiency compared with other heating appliances. Since Air Source Heat Pumps convert cold air into energy used to heat buildings they do not require excavation of surrounding land for installation therefore are even more beneficial for corporate buildings.

The Advantage for Scottish Businesses using Commercial Air Source Heat Pumps

As Air Source Heat Pumps convert cold air into energy for heat, businesses in cold regions such as Scotland can generate enough energy even if the temperature outside falls below -15 degrees.

Energy Efficiency of Commercial Air Source Heat Pumps

Despite electricity being used to power Air Source Heat Pumps, these systems return enough energy to make up for the electricity consumption. For every one unit of electrical energy used there are three units of heat returned.

Water Source Commercial Heat Pumps

Similar to ground and air source heat pumps, water source heat pumps utilise the relatively consistent temperatures found in a body of water. The pipework is submerged in a lake, river or stream and the heat pump propels fluid through the pipes which absorbs the heat from the body of water.

Advantages of Heat Pumps for Commercial Buildings

Commercial Heat Pumps are Environmentally Friendly

One of the best advantages of switching to heat pumps for your energy source is that they generate more energy than they use. There are reports of a system efficiency of over 300% for a quality domestic heat pump. The Energy Saving Trust for example have highlighted the results from a group of monitored installations of heat pumps in the UK. The results revealed that a typical ground source heat pump system has an efficiency of 250% and a typical air source heat pump efficiency of 220%.

Commercial Heat Pumps will Save Your Business Money

There are not many ways to avoid the initial cost of a Commercial Heat Pump installation, however over time you will reap many financial benefits of utilising these systems. Generally heat pumps are easy to run and do not cost money to maintain. Due to the environmental advantages of this technology the UK Government are offering incentives for businesses who implement Commercial Heat Pumps to their buildings.

SEER and HSPF for Commercial Heat Pumps

Heat Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF)

HSPF is the measure of heat pump heating efficiency. The more efficient the heat pump, the higher the HSPF. Specifically HSPF indicates the total heating output of a heat pump during the regular heating season in comparison to the total electricity consumed during the same season. It is important that your heat pump has a high HSPF as it is used to calculate your RHI payments. Although systems with higher efficiency cost more, low efficiency units will reduce your incentive payments.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER)

SEER is the measure for air conditioning equipment. Instead of comparing the heat output of a heat pump it will measure the cooling of air in comparison with the electricity used. Technically speaking Heat Pumps move heat as opposed to generating heat. Therefore when used for heating, typically in colder seasons, a property heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into the warm building. Conversely when used for cooling, in warmer seasons, Heat Pumps move heat from your cool house to the warm outdoors. As a result of this renewable technology, Heat Pumps can provide the equivalent function of an air conditioner at approximately one quarter of the price of typical cooling appliances.

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