Nowadays, renewable sources of energy are needed more than ever. Water source heat pumps can be a great way to generate your own renewable energy. Which can not only save the planet, but can save you money.
How do Water Source Heat Pumps Work?
Water source heat pumps (WSHP’s) are similar to ground source and air source heat pumps, except they take heat out of a body of water, rather than the ground or air.
Water source heat pumps work by the running of a low-temperature, low pressure refrigerant fluid in heat exchanger coils through a water source.
Heat is taken from the relatively consistent temperatures that are found in a body of water via a series of flexible pipework. This pipework is completely submerged in the body of water, whether that be a lake, river or stream.
The heat pump pushes working fluid through the network of piping, and this fluid absorbs the heat from the surrounding water. An electric compressor then compresses the fluid, raising the temperature. The heat in the working fluid this then transferred into your property using a heat exchanger, which provides you with hot water and central heating.
Water source heat pumps can be two to three times more energy efficient than more convention methods of heating because it takes heat from one source and moves it to another, rather than producing heat on its own.
Water source heat pumps can be used in bodies of water such as;
- Larger Rivers
- Sea Water
Water source heat pumps benefit those who have a simultaneous need for heating and cooling throughout the year.