Heat Pump Basics

Welcome to Kensa's "Heat Pump Basics"


online learning. This course is intended for industry professionals (plumbers, heating engineers) who may not be familiar with heat pumps, and want a basic introduction to the technology itself, and where to apply it. It will also give an overview of the technology to householders, architects and specifiers.

By the end of this module you will understand what a heat pump is and be able to explain how a ground source heat pump works. You will get an understanding of why they are so efficient, and how that efficiency is measured. You'll also learn about the industry standards relating to heat pumps, and about Government subsidies available.

Study of this module is a requirement under Kensa's MCS Umbrella Scheme.

Part 1. So what is a Heat Pump?

What is a Heat Pump?

Part 2. How do they work?

So how does a Heat Pump work?

What happens once the refrigerant circuit has done its job?

Place the text on the correct component

  • Ground Array
  • Compressor
  • Expansion Valve
  • Condenser
  • Evaporator
  • Heating circuit

Part 3. What is an ideal application for a Ground Source Heat Pump?

Where heat pumps work well

Retro-fits and older properties

Part 4. Can anyone fit heat pumps? What qualifications do I need?

Do I need special qualifications to fit a heat pump?

Part 5. What makes a heat pump so efficient?

How can a heat pump be over 100% efficient?

How is it measured?

Why is it so important anyway?

Part 6. What guidelines and legislation apply to Ground Source Heat Pumps?

Can anyone get Government payments? Do I have to abide by any standards?

So much to remember - let's see how you're doing.

Kensa can help!

What will I need to provide to get Kensa to cover the MCS on my project?

Jargon Buster! Match the jargon to the definition.

–°ombine elements from the left column with the elements on the right
Kensa's scheme for covering non-MCS Accredited installers
Standard Assessment Protocol - a way of checking how carbon-efficient new houses are
A detailed calculation which proves how much heat is needed to warm a house
MCS Umbrella
The rules that govern how heat pumps and ground arrays are sized and installed
Heat Loss Calculations
A Government scheme that covers all renewable technologies
A measurement of system performance that is basically the same as SCOP
Energy Performance Certificate - a certificate that states how energy efficient the house is, and what improvements can be made to it
A simple measure of heat pump efficiency
Renewable Heat Incentive - government-backed payment scheme for renewable energy sources
A measurement of heat pump efficiency that considers how well the system runs year-round