Do heat pumps really work? What? Even when it is cold?
I have been working on air conditioning systems for 20 years but am a relative newbie in the air source heat pump market.
In this incredibly cold weather, (it's currently -1C outside and snowing) the big question is - will my air source heat pump really work in these conditions?
Everyone knows a gas boiler will cope with these conditions easily but a heat pump is an unknown quantity.
One of my colleagues recently asked me the same thing. Will it really work when it is snowing outside. He's been in the industry longer than me.
This kind of talk makes me nervous. I start to think maybe it will be a problem.
Well good news everyone, its snowing and freezing cold and the heat pumps are working well.
After thinking about this issue for a while I've realized that this question is ridiculous.
This morning I arrived in our offices at 9am, the room temperature was 21 degrees C and the ambient was -1. Our building is heated with a VRV unit, there is no other provision for heating in this building.
It didn't even cross my mind that this place wouldn't be warm today. Everyone knows that a split system or VRV will heat like the clappers even in these extreme conditions. So why do we even question air source heat pumps?
We know they work, they are no different from splits except they heat water not air. So have a think about it and don't doubt them. Sing their praises, they are fantastic systems.
If you think I'm biased and am just singing the praises of the kit so my boss will think I'm towing the party line, then you don't know me well.
In fact I'm so confident about the technology that over Xmas I'm ripping out my old floor mounted gas boiler and replacing it, not with a combi but with an air source heat pump.