Heat pumps for student housing
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With a downturn in the economy and rising costs it has never been more important for student housing providers to reduce running costs. In addition, when considering building new accommodation, the restrictions imposed by local planning and building regulations are making heat pumps an increasingly viable option.
- For existing buildings with oil, LPG or electric heating air source heat pumps are a popular choice due to their speed of installation and low capital costs which can quickly reduce running costs. Ground source heat pumps are more suited to new build or major refurbishment projects due to the significant ground works required.
- Integrating renewable technologies into the design of the build helps developers make new developments more attractive to future tenants as well as achieve targets such as BREEAM Excellent.
- Dimplex has ranges of Air source or Ground source heat pumps which offer heating and/or cooling. The heat pumps are of mono-bloc construction which uses water as a transfer medium. This gives an advantage over VRF systems for properties that have relatively small plant rooms which would limit the size of the VRF refrigeration loops due to the practical limit in the event of a refrigerant leak.
- For larger buildings that require more than one heat pump, Dimplex offers the Master controller. The master controller not only manages the heat pumps within the system, it also ensures even compressor run times, ensuring longevity of the heat pump. The heat pump controller is also capable of connecting to a Building management system such as trend/BACnet or Modbus allowing the facilities manager to monitor performance and control the heating from a central location.
- As well as a space heating demand, student accommodation flats especially, have high hot water demand that can easily be served solely by a high temperature heat pump, or the heat pump can work as part of a bivalent system to pre-heat the water which is topped up by a boiler.
At Dimplex, we recognise that designers of heat pump systems want all the information available easily accessible.
Technical advice and specification
- To assist the design process, the technical team are on hand to point you in the right direction. Whether it is to discuss the feasibility of the installation or select the most suitable product the technical team are just a call away. If you submit plans or know the heat loss the technical team can also specify the correct components for an efficient system.
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- The installation instructions are available in the downloads area and contain all of the technical details about our products as well as important things to note that are specific to that product range.
- The instructions detail the key performance data, sound pressure and electrical connections as well as also dimensioned drawings. For each product the instructions also include the characteristics curves showing the kW output and efficiencies at different source temperatures and pressure loss curves used for pump sizing for the condenser.