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Heat Pumps for Commercial Premises

A heat pump is an affordable and reliable system to reduce your carbon footprint and cut down on energy bills. It provides space heating and cooling in commercial buildings, hospitals, office buildings, hotels, restaurants, schools, and universities. Realising the importance of heat pumps, businesses worldwide are switching to this advanced energy management system for cooling and heating commercial premises.

Overview of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are advanced energy management systems that work by transferring heat from one place to another. It takes thermal energy from the air and uses it to heat up the room. Similarly, it takes the thermal energy from the room to the external environment, which cools the room down. It is used as an alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems such as boilers and air conditioners. 

Heat pumps have a number of benefits in commercial buildings. 

1. Reduced energy cost

Unlike an air conditioner and other cooling systems, heat pumps do not require the burning of fossil fuels or gas to cool or heat up the space. It simply works on the basic principle of thermodynamics and uses air to heat up or cool down the room. This drastically reduces the energy cost. 

2. Provision of warmth or cool air

In traditional heating systems, commercial buildings required a separate system for heating and cooling the room, which increases the installation cost. However, this is not the case with heat pumps. One heat pump system can supply both the hot and cold wind, which makes it an advanced energy solution for commercial buildings.

3. Pairs well with PV, solar thermal energy and heating grids

The most interesting thing about heat pumps is that it pairs well with the solar energy system. The integration of this advanced energy management system with the solar system plays an important role in reducing carbon emissions. In this way, businesses can contribute to protecting the earth from the implications of increasing carbon footprints.  

4. Unrivalled Safety Levels

Heat pumps don’t rely on fossil fuels or gas to function. It uses thermal energy from the air to heat up the room. Therefore, there is no possibility of carbon monoxide leakage in the commercial premises. Hence, this advanced energy solution is way safer than traditional heating systems for commercial premises.

Shortcomings of Heat Pumps for Businesses

1. A high initial outlay

There is a high up-front cost associated with the installation of heat pumps. It is estimated that heat pumps cost approximately AUD 4,000 to AUD 60,000 to install, depending on the location and size of commercial buildings. 

2. Might not be suitable for all types of business premises

Another big issue with heat pumps is that they require open space to function effectively and efficiently. However, most of the commercial buildings in metropolitan cities do not have that space. Therefore, this advanced energy management system may not be suitable for all types of business premises. 

3. May not be efficient in cold weather

Heat pumps do not operate efficiently when the temperature drops below 4oC. As the temperature drops below this critical value, it starts absorbing more energy to do the same task. 

Heat pumps are an important alternative source to heat up or cool down commercial premises. If you are planning to install heat pumps in your business premises and want to integrate them with the solar system, then Advanced Energy Management is the best solar service provider for businesses in Australia.