Commercial Heat Pumps

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Are There Commercial Heat Pumps? 

Yes, there are commercial heat pumps on the market that are perfect for businesses looking for a new heating system for their commercial property. 

You’ll no doubt be familiar with heat pumps for residential properties, since they’re becoming increasingly popular. But if you’re a business owner who is looking to save money on their energy bills, reduce the carbon emissions your business emits, and provide you with a heating AND cooling system all in one – then commercial heat pumps might just be right for you. 

Are Heat Pumps Good For Commercial Buildings?

Absolutely! Commercial heat pumps have a range of applications, including:

  • Apartment buildings
  • Schools 
  • Shops 
  • Warehouses 
  • Office blocks 
  • Leisure centres 
  • And much more…


They work just the same as any other heat pump, but on a larger scale to help control the temperature in the larger spaces they are serving. In terms of effectiveness, they are just as effective as residential heat pumps, with little difference to how they operate and the benefits they bring. 

The Different Types Of Commercial Heat Pumps

Unlike with heat pumps for your home, there are really only two viable types of commercial heat pump that are capable of supporting heating and cooling in large commercial buildings. And of these two, one proves to be consistently more popular…

1. Air Source Heat Pumps 

Air source heat pumps are the most popular option for commercial properties because they cost less, are easy to operate, and don’t require additional equipment (unlike the water source heat pumps we’ll talk about below…). 

Here, the commercial heat pump only relies on the ambient temperature of the air to transfer the heat inside, compress and condense it to make it hotter, and then use that to heat your commercial space. They also work in reverse to provide a cooler space in warmer months. 

2. Water Source Heat Pumps

Despite being far more efficient (air source heat pumps do lose some of their efficiency in colder temperatures below freezing), water source heat pumps aren’t as popular for commercial buildings. Most of this comes down to cost and the additional equipment that’s required to keep water source heat pumps performing at their best. 

Here, water source heat pumps take the ambient temperature of the water and use that to heat your commercial property through compressing and condensing just as air source heat pumps do. The difference here is that water source heat pumps have a reliable, steady temperature to draw upon, because water in the system sustains its temperature constantly, and doesn’t suffer from the same fluctuation as the air outside does. 

In order for this to work on a commercial scale, though, you would need to use a cooling tower, chiller, or boiler to keep the water in the loop consistent in temperature – requiring additional equipment and increasing the cost.

Which Commercial Heat Pump Is Best For My Business?

To be clear, both types of commercial heat pump will work for any business or commercial property because both are designed to provide consistent temperatures to large spaces. 

However, if you’re looking for the most efficient and consistent commercial heat pump, then you should opt for water source commercial heat pumps

If you’re looking for the most cost effective and popular commercial heat pump, then you should opt for air source commercial heat pumps

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Contact us today to find out about air source heat pumps and whether they are suitable suitable for your premises. We will put you in touch with expert installers who will help you ascertain which heat pump system is best for your commercial operation and what options are available.

Through our help, you’ll be on the way to saving money, boosting your business’s energy efficiency, and reducing your carbon footprint. Make the first step on the road to a greener future and find out what an air source heat pump system could do for your business.

Benefits Of Commercial Heat Pumps

Whichever heat pump type you choose, you’ll see the same sort of benefits, so in terms of how they’ll make a difference to your business, both will perform largely the same. Some of the key benefits include: 

  • Savings on annual fuel bills 
  • Little maintenance required 
  • Improved air quality 
  • Low operating noise 
  • Heating AND cooling system 
  • Greener system 
  • Good return on running investment

If you’re already liking the sound of commercial heat pumps, then why not start comparing installers with Heat Pumps UK today? We do all the hard work for you, finding you the best commercial heat pump installers local to you – all of whom have been vetted by us as professional, trustworthy, and reasonably priced. Fill out our quick form today to get started. 

If you need more information about why a commercial heat pump could be great for your business premises, then read on below…

Savings On Annual Fuel Bills 

When compared to a business’ fuel bills who rely on electric, oil, or gas to power their heating and/or cooling systems, businesses using commercial heat pumps will save significantly each year.

These savings will eventually amount to the cost of the installation to begin with, meaning a commercial heat pump essentially pays for itself over the years. That makes a commercial heat pump a sound investment for any business. 

Little Maintenance Required 

Commercial heat pumps rarely require maintenance unless something goes wrong. As a closed-loop system they maintain themselves, and you’ll know instantly if there’s any sort of problem because your commercial space won’t heat or cool as effectively as it did before. 

Installed correctly by a team of professional commercial heat pump installers, you can expect a commercial heat pump system to last for up to 25 years without issue. 

Improved Air Quality 

Think about how a heat pump heats and cools your commercial space. It essentially continuously draws in fresh air, dramatically improving the air quality inside the space. 

This is important in residential properties, of course, but even more so in commercial spaces where so many people are. The better the air quality in a space, the more comfortable any visitor to your site will be. 

Low Operating Noise 

Despite people’s misconceptions, commercial heat pumps aren’t that loud. That’s not to say they’re silent, because they certainly aren’t, but most people liken it to the sound of light rain. 

That means commercial heat pumps are no more or less loud than a standard commercial air conditioner, for example. 

Heating & Cooling System 

Most systems will either heat or cool a space. The fact that commercial heat pumps will do both means you’re getting a more efficient system that can take care of all your needs and keep your commercial space at a consistent temperature all year round. 

Greener System 

Compared to oil or gas burning heating systems, commercial heat pumps are much greener, and rely on renewable energy which doesn’t produce nearly as many carbon emissions when in use. 

Relying on a greener system helps your business align with the UK government’s target to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. It also improves your brand reputation as a business that cares about our planet and wants to reduce its impact on the environment. 

Good Return On Running Investment

It’s estimated that a commercial heat pump will produce around 4kWh of energy for every 1kWh of energy used to power it. That makes it 400% efficient. To illustrate how incredible that number is, electric heating produces 1kWh of energy for every 1kWh of energy used to power it. 

Commercial heat pumps are incredibly efficient and will help you SAVE BIG on your energy bills! 

How Much Do Commercial Heat Pumps Cost?

If saying how much a residential heat pump installation might cost is difficult, then saying how much a commercial heat pump installation might cost is impossible. 

The cost of a commercial heat pump installation varies based on a number of factors, including:

  • Heat pump manufacturer
  • Size of the heat pump
  • How many units are required
  • Amount of pipes and connections needed 
  • Size of the commercial premises


For an accurate estimate of how much a commercial heat pump could cost you, fill out our form today. When you work with Heat Pumps UK, we do all of the comparison work for you, before presenting you with the best options in your area. 

All of the commercial heat pump installers we recommend have an excellent reputation for professionally installing the best commercial heat pump systems. And you’ll find the best deals by comparing with us, so what are you waiting for? 

Commercial Heat Pumps Summary

Commercial heat pumps come with a range of benefits and make perfect sense for the vast majority of commercial properties. So, if you’re a business owner who is seriously considering commercial heat pumps for your property, then work with Heat Pumps UK today. 

We’ll find you the best installers local to you, with the best reputations offering the best deals. To get started, fill out our form today with a few details about what you’re looking for and we’ll get started on finding you the perfect commercial heat pump installer today!

Commercial Heat Pump FAQs

Absolutely! Commercial heat pumps are designed to work all year round. Air source heat pumps will, however, be slightly less efficient in freezing temperatures. 

Commercial heat pumps will bring a range of benefits your way, making them an excellent choice for any business owner or commercial building manager looking to improve their space, save money on fuel bills, and reduce carbon emissions.

If you require space heating and hot water, then yes, commercial heat pumps can meet all your needs as an incredibly energy efficient system. 

Why an air source heat pump?

Why choose air source over a traditional boiler?

gas boiler

Traditional boilers are dependent on gas which is rapidly increasing in cost, making them a more costly option to run.

outdoor heat pump

Heat pumps are a highly efficient, much greener alternative to other forms of heating like gas boilers.

Low maintenance & Servicing Costs

If regularly serviced and maintained
Due to fewer parts than typical gas, oiler and LPG boilers
Ensures year-round operation
Typical length of warranties provided

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