Installing an Air Source Heat Pump has Multiple Benefits for Homeowners

Installing an Air Source Heat Pump has Multiple Benefits for Homeowners  

Some are more obvious than others.  Here are four benefits that you may not have considered.

  1. Your carbon footprint is likely to lower

Heat pumps don’t burn anything to generate heat.  They extract heat from the air to heat a home or office building, and can be reversed to cool a building.  Therefore, there aren’t any carbon emissions, other than the small amount of energy to run the compressor. 

Teamed with other behaviours that are changing, such as working from home and reducing the number of flights we take, the carbon footprints of those living with an air source heat pump are likely to be even lower.

  1. A heat pump will help prevent condensation

As the temperatures in your home start to dip, do you have condensation on your windows?  It’s a horrible feeling knowing that the moisture builds up as you sleep. During the winter months the warm air that the heat pump circulates also reduces the amount of condensation in your home.

  1. Heat pumps help improve your home’s air quality

Heat pumps have filters that clean and purify the air removing dust particles in your home.  Annual maintenance checks ensure that the filters remain clean making it an excellent solution for those suffering from allergies.

  1. And finally, they will save you money

Annual fuel bills are likely to reduce substantially due to the energy efficiency ratings of Air Source Heat Pumps. They can also add value to your property. The initial installation costs need to be allocated across the time you intend living in your current home.  Installing a Heat Pump in your ‘forever home’ could be a very shrewd investment.

All in all, Air Source Heat Pumps are a great investment for your home.  Not only are heat pumps incredibly energy-efficient and reliable; they also heat (and cool) your home and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.   

The Importance of Air Quality

The Importance of Air Quality

Health and well-being are at the heart of everything we talk about given the pandemic that has gripped the globe.  Whether it be changing behaviours surrounding what we eat and how we prepare food to putting the cleanliness of our environment at the forefront of our minds; what we consume and where the focus of our attention is.

The air we breathe is equally important.  As schools and offices reopen and indoor sports clubs welcome members once more, it is crucial that the indoor air quality is as high as possible.  The only way to maintain a steady flow of good quality air inside, is through air filtered through well maintained HVAC systems.

A steady and continuous supply of fresh air with good ventilation is key.  It is crucial that HVAC systems are regularly maintained and serviced.  The dust and grime, often hidden from view, accumulates over time and affects the performance of the Air Conditioning system.

This is a photo from a recent service.  It is inconceivable for this dust and grime to be wiped across surfaces but left untouched, would disperse particles into the air for staff and customers to breathe.

If you are planning to reopen your building or have an air conditioning unit at home, get in touch and one of our service engineers will sanitise your units.  It won’t only save you money as the Air Conditioning unit will run more efficiently, it will also give you the peace of mind to open your doors, safe in the knowledge that you have done everything you can to keep people safe.

Tropical Nights are on the up – Could Air Conditioning help you to sleep at night?

Tropical Nights are on the up – Could Air Conditioning help you to sleep at night?

The number of ‘Tropical Nights’ - when temperatures stay above 20C is increasing. This comes as no surprise as the temperatures steadily increase as a result of climate change. 

On 7th August, BBC Breakfast reported on the Heatwaves mission which is a collaboration between The Open University (OU) and The Royal Meteorological Society, supported by BBC Weather, that looks at temperatures and how people react in the hot weather.

An Open University Professor reports that heatwaves are becoming more common and extreme temperatures can impact health, especially at night time. 

Studies are of course incredibly useful to quantify temperatures and capture public feeling but as an Air Conditioning company, we can already see how extreme temperatures impact behaviour.

In recent weeks, many of our new enquiries come from families who are struggling to sleep and just want some light relief from the heat.  They say that tempers are short and children are overtired. For those working from home, concentration is difficult and energy levels drop.  Even pets struggle, getting lethargic and dehydrated.

Rather than change behaviour in the form of slower days at home with the blinds down, air conditioning can improve the quality of life for everyone in the family.  Temperatures are controlled and regular family routines can be maintained.

If you’d like to know more about our Air Conditioning services, in the form of wall mounted units, or fully ducted solutions, get in touch.

How important is a good night's sleep?

How important is a good night's sleep?

Sleep.  It is something we all take for granted until it is interrupted.  Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for health and well-being. 

University of Surrey Sleep Researchers say that “sleep disorders are surprisingly common, with approximately 10 to 20 per cent of the population reporting frequent sleep disruption”.

They cite many variables to achieving a good night’s sleep, not least avoiding alcohol and caffeine and maintaining a regular exercise routine.

It is also important to have a restful bedroom with a comfortable temperature. Fluctuations in temperature can make it difficult to sleep especially if members of the family are in box rooms or loft conversions.  To spend the summer months in a hot room with interrupted sleep can really affect well-being.   

An air conditioning unit can make a world of difference to maintain the temperature in your home. Some may worry that the temperature will drop too low.  Whilst this is true when using an electric fan, an Air Conditioning unit maintains the temperature of a room meaning it never gets too hot or too cold.

And what about children’s bedrooms, especially babies and toddlers?  We’ve all been there, cooling a room with a fan at bedtime and then worrying about leaving the bedroom window open.  Air conditioning removes this worry.  At bedtime, you enter a room at the perfect temperature that is maintained throughout the day.

We often think about an air conditioning unit being useful only in the summer months.  A unit is in fact an air source heat pump that can be used to cool a room in the summer and heat a room in the winter.

It cools the space by transferring heat from inside your home to outdoors in the summer. That same reversing valve can absorb heat energy from the outside air and even in extremely cold temperatures, transfer the heat inside in the winter. You can introduce a renewable heating (and cooling) solution into your home that has the potential to reduce your carbon footprint.

Families in Surrey and Hampshire are discovering the benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps that extend beyond traditional Air Conditioning systems. 

Put simply, 80% of the energy extracted from the air and 20% comes from electricity, making it a cost effective solution.

With over 25 years installing and servicing Air Conditioning solutions in Surrey and Hampshire, we are trusted by families across the South East. 

The Importance of Regular Maintenance

The Importance of Regular Maintenance

We are all in the habit of taking our cars for a service.  No doubt, as we pull away from the garage, our cars feel different to drive; smoother and more efficient.

Air Conditioning systems are no different.  Any form of motor attracts dirt and dust and a film of grime coats the mechanism, affecting its performance and efficiency.  Components are put under strain and the Air Conditioning works twice as hard.  This impacts both the performance and the cost of running the system.

At Acclimatise Air Conditioning, we pride ourselves on maintaining and servicing units as part of the annual maintenance checks.  For us, it’s not just a case of installing a system; it is crucial that it is serviced regularly to keep components running at optimal performance.

Homeowners and businesses across Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire book annual checks with our team of engineers who visit homes and offices to deep clean units.  These images show the amount of dust and dirt that can accumulate on the condensing unit coil.   Once clean, the performance and efficiency was back to when the Air Conditioning was first installed.