Although the functioning of a heat pump is known for a while, developing a cost-efficient system that would replace existing heating source while appealing to industries and hospitality sectors, became possible just recently.
With the increase in popularity comes an increase in conflicting advice. Likewise, to the heat pump, there are lots of wrong information or misconception that go along with them. If you are unaware of the value that the heat pump brings to your industrial plants or hotels, here are some of the misconceptions that you should ignore about heat pumps.
Misconception #1: Heat Pumps are Expensive
Renewable energy technology is often considered as an expensive investment. The truth is, heat pumps are very affordable when you compare it with other types of heating systems. Heat pumps work for both heating and cooling, so you do not need to install two separate systems to provide these services. Heat pumps are also cheaper to operate.
Misconception #2: Cannot be integrated with Existing Heating System
It is not true always. Except with the heating system that uses biomasses as fuel, the heat pumps are very easy to integrate with your existing system, even if it is a complex heating system. What is so appealing about a heat pump is that it can be integrated in parallel to your existing system and can operate it as a hybrid system.
Misconception #3: Cannot be integrated directly to your Process Tanks
In industries, the process applications use different chemical solutions that require heat to pretreat or to wash the parts. It is commonly misunderstood that; the heat pump cannot handle the process fluids directly to its condenser. There are different grades of materials with chemical compatibility that can be used to handle this fluid. Instead of using heat exchangers to transfer heat to the process fluids, the heat pump can be connected directly to the process tank and can save a few hundreds of thousands of rupees.
Misconception #4: Heat pumps are noisy
Back in the day, heat pumps and other heating systems were quite loud. However, with today’s advances in technology, the amount of noise a heat pump produces are comparative to the noise or sound that is produced from a boiler. So, though it might produce some noise, it won’t be any more than the sounds your industrial machine makes. Click here to know the loudness of the heat pump.
Misconception #5: Occupies More Space
A typical air-source heat pump is as compact as industrial chillers. When comparing air source heat pump with conventional boilers, the heat pump requires less space.
Misconception #6: Limited Lifespan
Rumour is that heat pumps burn out quicker because they run year-round. The reality is that if your heat pump is properly maintained, high-quality models will last at least 15-20 years.
Misconception #7: Not Efficient in Cold Climate
One of the biggest misconceptions about heat pumps is that they only work in more temperate climates — not true. Since the ground source heat pump or water source heat pump takes heat from the constant temperature source, it can ensure an efficiency rate that is consistent all year round, regardless of the outside weather conditions. In contrast, the cost-efficiency of an air source heat pump is directly influenced by the outside temperatures, given that a pump like this extracts heat from the outside air masses. The efficiency of an air source heat pump will gradually diminish with the decrease in outside temperature levels. Still, the latest technological advancements in the field of thermodynamics, an air to water heat pump can work effectively at temperatures that do not fall below the 10 degrees mark.
Misconception #8: Costlier to Operate
Heat pumps can help you save over 30% on your energy bill, compared to other conventional heating systems. While the upfront cost may be more than other options, an efficient heat pump paired with proper insulation will save you money in the long run. Installing a heat pump requires careful consideration in a lot of factors.
If you are interested in a heat pump and want to know more about the system integration and cost benefits, schedule a meeting with our Application Engineers to know more.