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Heat Pump Portable Air Conditioners

Written by Duncan under Air Conditioners | 1 Comment ""

It’s great to see heat pump technology being used in portable air conditioners at last. This has been standard practise in most wall-mounted installed air conditioners in recent years but including it in portable units makes this type of product much more beneficial in homes across the UK as it provides a source of low energy heating.

It means that portable air conditioners are true climate control systems, useful throughout the year – not just the summer.

The heat pump technology means that some of the thermal energy used to change the temperature of a room is extracted from the outside air. This transfer of “free” energy reduces the energy consumption to allow the portable air conditioner to provide more heating energy to a room than the energy it consumes in electricity.

By using a heat pump air conditioner in the winter you’ll be able to provide more heat to a room than the energy it consumes making it a much more cost effective way of heating than convector heaters, oil filled radiators or fan heaters.

For instance, 3.6kW of heat from an electrical heater, like a fan, convector or oil filled rad, would cost 43p per hour whereas a heat pump air conditioner could supply the same heat for just 15p per hour.

So why buy a regular portable air conditioner to use for just a few months of the year when you could have a true climate control system that’s useful for eight months of the year, and reduces your energy bills?


One Response to “Heat Pump Portable Air Conditioners”

  1. airconditioning says:

    A heat pump is an air conditioner that contains a valve that lets it switch between “air conditioner” and “heater.” When the valve is switched one way, the heat pump acts like an air conditioner, and when it is switched the other way it reverses the flow of the liquid inside the heat pump and acts like a heater.

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