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An air-to-air heat pump is one of the most efficient electric devices designed for home heating and cooling. Models built can save up to 20 percent than standard models, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase comfort. The energy cost of the air-source heat pumps is lower than gas, oil heating systems, or geothermal HP.

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air to air heat pump Benefits


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Highly efficient​​​​​​​
Low carbon heating solution,
save energy bill.
Maximise wall space
Can be mounted high to maximise wall space​​​​​​​.
Heating and cooling
Provides heating in winter and cooling in summer.

What Is An Air To Air Heat Pump?

Air-to-air heat pumps transfer heat from the outside air to air inside your home, increasing the temperature of the air in each room. This warm air enters your home through a series of fan coil units, or ‘blowers’.​​​​​​​
Air-to-air heat pumps are sometimes referred to as air conditioning. While many people think of air conditioning as a way of cooling buildings, it can also be used for heating. An air-to-air heat pump does not heat water delivered to the taps, so you will need to consider an alternative way of heating water for showering and bathing.

Is an air-to-air heat pump right for me? 

In the France, air-to-air heat pumps are not typically used for heating larger homes, with most domestic air source heat pumps installations using air-to-water systems. More often, air-to-air heat pumps are installed in smaller properties, such as park homes or flats.
Elsewhere in Europe air-to-air systems are more common, partly because they can be used for cooling as well as heating, which is especially useful in warmer climates.
There are a few things to consider when deciding whether an air-to-air heat pump is right for you.

  • Do you have somewhere suitable to put it?

    You'll need an area outside your home for a unit to be fitted to a wall or placed on the ground near the house. It will need plenty of space around it to get a good flow of air.   
  • How will you heat the rooms in your home?

    Most homes in the France use radiators or underfloor heating to distribute heat to each room. These are commonly referred to as ‘wet’ heating systems.  One advantage of air-to-air heat pumps is that they do not require a wet central heating system to warm the home. 
     
    An air-to-air heat pump uses either fan coil units (‘blowers’) or air ducting pipes to deliver warm air. Blowers are usually mounted high on the wall, which can be helpful where wall space is limited. Ducting systems are more likely to be used in new build properties as the ducts are typically mounted inside the ceiling voids to make them less intrusive.  
     
    Air-to-air heat pumps can be single-head or multi-head – where ‘head’ refers to the number of blowers in use. Single-head air-to-air heat pumps have a single outside unit and a single blower inside. Multi-head air-to-air heat pumps have a single heat capture unit outside and multiple blowers inside.
     
    Generally, single-head air-to-air heat pumps installed in the France are only used in the smallest homes, or for single room heating. If you have more than two rooms, it is likely you will need a multi-head air-to-air heat pump or a ducted system.
     
    As there is no need for a wet central heating system, air-to-air systems using blowers can be very quick and cheap to install. Multi-head installations need to have pipes travelling from the outside heat capture unit to each blower – just as boilers need pipes running to a radiator in each room. Typically, these pipes would run in a slim plastic channel around the upper edges of the room to keep them as unobtrusive as possible. 
  • How will you heat your water?

    Air-to-air heat pumps don’t heat hot water so you will need another way of heating water for showering, bathing and the hot taps. There are several options, and what’s best for you will depend on the amount of hot water your household needs, as well as any space or budget considerations.
     
    You could consider a hot water cylinder fitted with an electric immersion heater, or you might consider using electric showers and ‘point of use’ water heaters. Point of use heaters could use either gas, LPG or electricity to heat the water. Gas-fired heaters will need a flue, whereas electrically heated units can simply be mounted underneath the sink out of sight.
  • Will an air-to-air heat pump save me money?

     
    Running costs will depend on how your heat pump is designed and how it’s operated. Savings on your energy bill will also be affected by the system you are replacing.
     
    Saving money on fuel bills isn't everyone’s primary motivation for installing a new heating system, but you need to be sure you can afford to run the system once installed. You should ask your installer for an indication of running costs based on their design of the system for your home.
  • Installing and siting the blowers

     
    The pipes running to the blowers are all connected to the outside unit. For this reason, blowers are often installed on the inside of an exterior wall near the outside unit, to reduce the length of pipes required internally. Where multi-head systems are planned, the installer would normally aim to minimise the lengths of pipes being run to each blower location, so ask anyone surveying your house about the possible pipe routes so you understand before they start work. 
  • Installing ducted systems

    Ducted systems are typically used in very energy efficient houses such as ‘Passivhauses’. Some types of ducted systems are referred to as exhaust air heat pumps (EAHPs), though EAHPs can also supply hot water. Air is not able to carry large amounts of heat in the same way that a wet central heating system can, so ducted systems may not be suitable for older or larger houses with a high heating requirement.
     
    The ducts used by installers are designed to allow large volumes of air to be moved around the house through pipes that are slim enough to be hidden inside the ceiling voids. All that is visible inside each room is two grills mounted in the ceiling, one for flow in and one for flow out of the room. The air is warmed in an air handling unit, which is roughly the size of a boiler and would normally be installed in a loft or utility room.
  • Type of air to air heat pumps

    Types
    Split and ducted systems
    Mini-split and ductless HP
    Single Packaged Systems
    Bivalent (gas burner supported)
     
    Split heat pumps
    Split heat pumps systems utilize one outdoor and one indoor unit, both containing a heat exchanger coil connected with the refrigerant lines, usually made of copper and a ducted system for heat distribution.
    Thanks to the advanced features, the split systems can be used in all climates, from mild to freezing regions, and it is the most favorable type installed in residential housings.
     
    Mini-split heat pumps
    Air to air heat pumps designed as mini-split are mainly used for local room heating/cooling, where the ductwork does not exist or cannot be installed. These are known as ductless heat pumps and, due to their small size, are easy to handle and install –on the wall or ceiling.
    Mini-splits are recommended for retrofit in homes with hydronic and electric baseboard heating. They usually have one outdoor unit and one or more indoor for multizone climate.
     
    Packaged systems
    As opposed to the above split systems, there is also a packaged system that combines all the components into one system located outdoor, while the cooled or heated air is transferred to the house using the ventilation ducts.
    The main advantage of these systems is that the unit is installed outside (rooftop, for example), which helps in noise reduction; it can serve different zones and allows quick installation and servicing.
  • Main components of the air-to-air heat pumps

    1, Evaporator
    2, Condenser
    3, Reversing valve
    4, Expansion device
    5, Compressor
    6, Piping
    7, Fans

Air To Air Heat Pump Price

The price of an air-to-air heat pump is €3,600 on average, with a range between €1,500 and €8,500 installation included.
 

 

Installation Price
 
 prix( installation ) moyen pompe a chaleur air air: 4 000€     
 
PAC air-air Prix moyen (avec installation)
Studio de 40 m² 2 000€ à 5 000€
Appartement de 80 m² 3 000€ à 6 800€
Maison de 90m² 3 600€ à 7 800€
Maison de 120m² 4 500€ à 8 800€
Maison de 150m² 5 500€ à 11 000€
 
 
Type of air-air Prix moyen (avec installation)
Monosplit air-to-air heat pump 1 500€ à 4 500€
Multisplit air-to-air heat pump 3 000€ à 11 000€
 
 
 
Example of air-air Prix moyen (avec installation)
5kW multisplit reversible air-air heat pump with 2 indoor units 2 800€ à 3 200€
3.5 kW monosplit heat pump 1 400€ à 1 800€
7kW multisplit air-air heat pump with 3 indoor units for a 100m² house 3 800€ à 4 600€
14kW reversible heat pump with 8 indoor units 9 600€ à 1 0800€
 
 
The main parameters that influence the cost of your air-to-air heat pump project:
 
  • La gestion tierce de l’eau chaude sanitaire
  • Le niveau d’automatisation
  • La gamme de produit
  • La puissance du système
  • L’isolation du logement
  • La complexité de l’installation
 
Running Costs
 
For every 1 kWh of electricity, an air to air heat pump can produce 3kWh of heat. The average annual demand for most homes in the France is at 12,000 kWh. 
12,000 kWh (heat demand) / 3kW (heat production per unit of electricity) = 4,000 kWh of electricity
At 4,000 kWh of electricity priced at €0.184 a unit, it will cost you around €736 in annual heating costs.
 
 
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Although an air-air heat pump is a modern and very efficient heating method , it no longer benefits from a large number of financial aids.
 
 

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What Size Air To Air Heat Pump Do I Need?
 
Air to air heat pumps generally range from 5kW to 16kW. The bigger your home, the higher the number of kilowatts you’ll need.
Typically, a 100m² property with three bedrooms will require a 7kW air source heat pump, while a 200m² home will need a 14kW machine.
 
 
Square M2 Home size (in square feet) Heat pump size (in tons) Heat pump size (in BTUs) Power(KW)
46 500 1 12,000 3.5
93 1,000 2 24,000 7
138 1,500 3 36,000 10.5
184 2,000 4 48,000 14

  • Is it difficult to install Air to air heat pump?

    Air to air heat pumps are relatively simple to install for a qualified installer. The pipework and heat pump controls layout are not dissimilar to those of a conventional oil or gas boiler, which can make the installation process a much less complicated process.
  • How far from a wall should an Air to air heat pump?

    The heat pump needs to be located in a way which allows for a good flow of air through the unit. If placed parallel to a wall, the minimum distance to the wall is 150 mm. A minimum clear distance of 1 meter in front of the heat pump is required.
  • Can an electrician install a Air to air heat pump

    Installing an Air to air heat pump isn't a DIY job as they have electrical connections that need to be done by a qualified electrician, as well as plumbing circuits that need to be installed by qualified and experienced installers.
  • What side of the house is best for a Air to air heat pump?

    The outdoor heat pump component usually weighs 120 pounds or so and should always be placed in a shady location that is outside of direct sunlight. Keep it directly on the side of or behind the home, and don't place it too close to any shrubbery or vegetation (this can easily create airflow problems).

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Professional recommend an annual service for air to air heat pumps to ensure that they run efficiently. Heat pumps rarely require maintenance outside of this annual health check and you can expect a well-maintained system to run effectively for at least 20 – 30 years.
 

  • How much does it cost to refill an air to air heat pump?

    The cost to recharge your heat pump with refrigerant is around €100 to €200. The cost you pay depends on the system and how much you need. The system runs refrigerant through the lines, circulating collected heat from the air or ground. Sometimes, it may need a recharge or additional refrigerant.
  • What happens if you don't clean your air to air heat pump?

    Most of the time, the air to air heat pump in your home will continue to operate by all appearances 'normally', however dirty they are inside. However, the unit will be operating inefficiently and could be spreading unwanted airbourne particles around your home if it is left unclean.
  • How often should I get my air to air heat pump cleaned?

    You should clean your air to air heat pump filter every 4 to 12 weeks depending on how much your use your heat pump. It's simple to check your filters to see whether there is dust and dirt present. Cleaning the filters is a very easy job that you can do yourself.
  • Can you clean an air to air heat pump yourself?

    Most of the maintenance required for your air to air heat pump can be done yourself with the help of a step stool & hose attachment of a vacuum cleaner. As the homeowner, it's your responsibility to ensure that: The indoor unit is free of dust and dirt on the top. The indoor unit filters are kept clean.

Air To Air Heat Pump Versus

Air-To-Air VS Air-To-Water Heat Pumps

 
Air-To-Water Heat Pumps
If you are hoping to replace your entire central heating system, air-to-water heat pumps might be the best option. This kind of heat pump transfers heat from the outside air into water which can then be used to heat your radiators. The heat from the air is absorbed into a fluid.
Air-to-water heat pumps are extremely efficient and cost-effective too. They absorb low-temperature heat from the ambient air down to at least -15 degrees Celsius. Did you know that this can be up to 350% more efficient than a fossil fuel boiler? If you’re looking for something much more sustainable to prepare your home for the next few years, this option is a good place to start.

Air-To-Air Heat Pumps
Air-to-air heat pumps can help to heat and cool a property, something which isn’t always possible with an air-to-water pump. This kind of unit takes in heat from the outside and this is then amplified with a compressor. The air is then released into the home rather than through the radiators or underfloor heating.
In comparison to air-to-water heat pumps, you’ll find that the installation can be pretty quick as you won’t need to make many changes to your home. This can also work alongside your current heating system to provide you with more temperature control. However, you will find that you’ll still need a separate hot water system and space for indoor units with this option.
 
Which is Better?
Both air-to-air and air-to-water heat pumps have their advantages and both options should be carefully considered. It really comes down to the kind of heating system that you have and what you are looking to gain from this investment.
These heat pumps are more efficient when it comes to heating your home in a sustainable way. If you aren’t worried about cooling your home, this might be the best option. You should always compare prices and the value that you’ll save in the long term when considering your options.
 
 
Ductless vs Ducted
 
Ductless systems - Benefits
 
  • Modern air source ductless heat pumps can deliver one and a half to three times more heat energy than the energy they consume. The unit moves heat rather than using energy to produce it.
  • Ductless installations require less construction to install. They only need a 3" hole in the wall to allow for the connections between the outdoor unit and the indoor air handlers or blowers.
  • Split ductless heat pump units are capable of a higher SEER rating, up to 25, which delivers substantial energy cost savings.
  • They offer excellent zone temperature control for your home. Don't pay for heating rooms that are not in use. With zoned temperature control, you save both energy and money.
  • Less dust in your home because you are not forcing air through it. There are filters in each air handler unit.
  • No loss of energy through ducting.
 
Ducted systems - Benefits
 
  • A ducted heat pump system is more efficient at humidity and moisture control, which may be an issue where you live.
  • Ducted heat pump systems will deliver more airflow throughout your home, which will help to maintain freshness and avoid stagnant air.
  • With a ducted heat pump system, everything is out of sight and is unobtrusive. The air feed to each room is via vents, which can be a wall, floor, or ceiling mounted.
  • Ducted heat pump systems will save you time and money on maintenance. There are fewer parts to consider, as there is only an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler, which you can have installed in the attic.
  • If your home already has ducting, it's entirely possible to install a new source heat pump and link it to the existing ducting.
  • Quicker installation. (If ducts are already in your home and serviceable).
 
Pros and Cons of Air To Air Heat Pump
 
Like every universal air heating or air conditioning system, the air to air heat pump has its advantages and disadvantages that we will be covering next.
 
Advantages of an Air to Air Heat Pump
 
  • Air to air heat pumps are universal in terms of providing heating during the cold season and air cooling during the hot days of the summer.
  • Low installation costs. There is no need to drill boreholes or use expensive equipment in order to install an air to air heat pump.
  • These pumps possess a significant heat transfer capacity.
  • There is no need to install complex heat distribution systems, like radiators or underfloor heating.
  • The ease of use is ensured by autonomous climate control thermostats, that automatically monitor the pump’s functioning parameters.
  • The pump’s overall costs (installation and operational costs) shall not exceed the levels a person with an average income would be comfortable with.
  • Air to air heat pumps are highly efficient, with their seasonal efficiency rating (SCOP) reaching 3.0-4.0, meaning that for every 1 kW of electricity 3 to 4 kW of heat is generated.
  • The pump’s background noise is insignificant and thus does not represent an annoyance factor for people who will find themselves in the same room with the pump’s indoor unit.
  • Air to air heat pumps has no impact on the room’s indoor climate.
  • Heating your property by means of an air source heat pump is environmentally friendly. The heat pump does not release any harmful gases or components into the atmosphere.
  • Any air source heat pump is great for retrofits.
 
Disadvantages of an Air to Air Heat Pump
 
Despite the list of benefits, air to air heat pumps bear a number of disadvantages as well:
 
  • The air to air heat pump performance is dependent on the outside air temperatures.
  • When the ambient temperature levels are down to -10 degrees Celsius and below, the pump’s electric power consumption rate increases, in order to ensure the optimal operation of the heat pump.
  • Due to the constant movement of air from one medium to another, the pump also moves the dust contained in the air.

Are Air To Air Heat Pumps Worth It In France

Air to air heat pumps are usually more expensive to install, but you end up saving more money throughout the year with low maintenance costs, making Air to air heat pumps a great investment. Additionally, Air to air heat pumps are much safer with no risks for a gas leak, which can expose you to carbon monoxide.

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