Five things you need to consider when choosing a commercial heat pump system

Five things you need to consider when choosing a commercial heat pump system

Posted on February 21, 2024

Commercial heat pump system

If you own or manage a commercial property with high heating and hot water demands, switching to a commercial heat pump could be the ideal solution. With the UK aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, businesses are being required to step up and do their bit for the environment. However, making the change can seem daunting given the range of factors that can affect performance and efficiency. Here, we outline five considerations for installing commercial heat pumps.

  • Metered data

Metered data acts as a guide that helps you determine the best size and use for your heat pump. A pump that is too large or small for your needs can result in inefficiency and high bills, so it’s vital to understand your building’s energy consumption. If you don’t have this data, take the time to collect it before shopping for commercial heat pumps.

  • Refrigerant choice

In the world of heat pumps, not all refrigerants are equal. Your refrigerant choice affects the efficiency and performance of your heat pump, as well as how environmentally friendly it is. Natural working fluids such as R290 can be both more efficient at heating the building and have a lower environmental impact than their synthetic counterparts. They also contain fewer or no forever chemicals, making them a great option if regulations around refrigerants change.

  • Electrical capacity

Before you call in the heat pump installers, be sure to check your site’s electrical capacity. A sufficient power supply is essential to successful air source heat pump installation, as the pump will need adequate power to operate efficiently. Get a professional to assess your system’s capability and if necessary, carry out any upgrades before investing in a heat pump.

  • Energy efficiency

A heat pump works best when a building is properly insulated. Without improving your site’s energy efficiency, you may simply be wasting the heat being produced. With that in mind, it’s important to ensure your windows, insulation, and building fabric are all optimised for heat retention. It’s also worth thinking about the indoor temperature you want to maintain. Heat pumps are most efficient when delivering lower temperatures (18-21 degrees Celsius), so consider your needs before investing.

  • Installation

If you’ve spent time and effort ensuring your building is ready for a heat pump, don’t fall at the final hurdle. When it comes to installation, choose MCS certified installers with the necessary training and experience to do the job properly. A good provider will not only deliver a safe and effective system, they’ll also offer heat pump cover so that servicing and maintenance are taken care of.

If you’re looking for air source heat pumps in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, or Greater London, Aura Heating can help. We’re MCS-certified heat pump installers in Hampshire and have helped hundreds of homes and businesses heat their properties more sustainably. Whether you need a home or commercial heat pump, get in touch with our team today, and we’ll arrange a site visit to assess your needs.