Air source heat pumps (ASHP) have been around for decades, but with oil and gas prices skyrocketing, this type of technology is becoming more intriguing for owners and developers.
In addition, real estate investors are seeing ASHP buildings increasing in value over time and are expecting ASHP to produce advanced heat recovery and reduce building’s overall energy consumption. Anthony Montalto, a mechanical engineer, and a partner at a Manhattan-based engineering firm says,
“Traditional commercial office buildings in New York City have been heated by the use of gas-fired boilers. They take gas inside the boiler and create either steam or hot water to heat the building. Knowing where legislation is heading on the state level and city level in regards to reducing the amount of carbon emission and gas, is a high contributor toward carbon emission. The pivot in the city and the designing of new buildings has been towards building electrification. Instead of using gas to heat buildings, we’re looking to use electricity to heat buildings through the use of air source heat pumps.”
Air source heat pumps utilize electricity to pull heat from the outdoors or alternatively discharge heat to the outdoors, providing heating or cooling within buildings. After electricity provides power to an ASHP, that pump then utilizes the building’s refrigeration cycle to produce hot water to heat buildings.
The technology is slowly becoming more in demand by large commercial buildings, health care facilities, as well as individual homeowners as they save you money and are significantly more efficient than other types of energy units.