What is a heat pump?

An Air Source Heat Pump installed by www.WrightRenewableHeating.co.uk
An Air Source Heat Pump installed by Wright Renewable Heating

Heat pumps provide an alternative way of heating our homes, offering us the chance to cut down on our carbon footprint and also reduce our energy bills. The two most widely used types of heat pump are air-source (or ‘air-to-water’) and ground-source (or ‘geothermal’) heat pumps.

What all heat pumps have in common is that they extract heat from natural sources, such as the air or the ground, which they then use to provide hot water and central heating to our homes.

Unlike boilers, heat pumps are most often located outside our homes, with many fixed on an external wall or placed securely on the ground outside a property.