Heating specialist Ideal Heating has launched its first monobloc air-source heat pump. It says the new device was specially designed for residential applications in the UK climate.
The Logic Air heat pump has a heating capacity of 8.2 kW or 10.3 kW, measures 1,095 mm x 518 mm x 1,008 mm, and weighs 110 kg. It is designed for new build and retrofit installations, working with both radiator and underfloor heating systems. The heat pump can also be paired with rooftop PV to maximize self-consumption.
The coefficient of performance (COP) is up to 5.19 for the 8.2 kW model and up to 4.9 for the 10.3 kW model, according to the company’s datasheet. The heat pump produces domestic hot water up to 55 C. Its seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) for heating water to 35 C varies between 5.16 and 5.19, while the SCOP for 55 C applications varies from 3.7 to 3.73.
“Taking the learnings from the award-winning Logic boiler, the Logic Air heat pump integrates seamlessly with UK homes, partnered with our best-in-class pre-plumbed hot water cylinder and our connected Halo Air room thermostat, the Logic Air is quick to install, easy to commission, and simple to use,” said Ideal.
It claims the Logic Air heat pump produces noise at 55 db(A), the equivalent of a normal conversation between two people. The new device uses R32 as the refrigerant with a charge of 1.47 kg. It has a global warming potential (GWP) of 675.
In April, Ideal Heating announced plans for a new GBP 10 million ($12.5 million) heat pump R&D research center in Hull, England.
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I wonder if implementing new heat pumps using R32 is the right thing to do. Why not e.g. R290 which would allow for much lower GWP?
Other ftransfer flyids are butane, propane, and even CO2, under very high pressure but my Haier fridge runs on butane inside the piping .
As far as I’m aware, without completely replacing the existing GCH system (pipework, Rads etc) a heat pump won’t produce the temperatures required in the UK ?
Would a Hybrid arrangement work? By that I mean a gas boiler to attain full temperature at the existing Rads(it takes 20 minutes with my current system) and heat pump to assisit… This would avoid the cost of removing the original parts with complete replacement, all at considerable expense. Any thoughts?
Hi Brian, you need someone to do a heat loss calculation on your house and that will tell you the size of the heat pump required and also if you need to increase the size of the radiators etc. Without that information it’s hard to say if a hybrid would suit your situation but this heat pump would not work as a hybrid solution I wouldn’t think as it’s a monobloc. I would be a little wary of the fact that Ideal only offer two sizes of heat pumps, I’m not sure if they can be rated down for your application otherwise I would be worried about the heat pump being oversized and wasting energy. At Daikin you can get heat pumps from 4-16 class (KW). You can also get a hybrid solution if you need higher flow temperatures and these switch between the heat pump and the gas boiler depending on what is more efficient at the time. Another option is a high temperature heat pump which can deliver flow temperatures of up to 75 degrees, these are great if you can’t replace radiators in an old house for example and if set up correctly still have great SCOP’s. Hopefully this helps.
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