Heat Pump Portable Air ConditionersWritten 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?