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A commercial heat pump is an extremely effective method of heating and cooling a building, offering an alternative to boilers. They have many different applications, from simply warming or cooling a space for employee comfort to industrial and factory use where hot air is required.

Robinsons Facilities Services provides installation, maintenance, and repair of commercial heat pumps. Our expert engineers can advise you on the best commercial heat pump system for your industrial or commercial premises.

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Is a Commercial Heat Pump Suitable?

A commercial heat pump can both heat and cool a space by transferring heat from one place to another. If you have significant heating and cooling needs for your business, this is a potential solution.

A heat pump in commercial buildings can vary in size and capacity, but they are often used in large industrial spaces. 

Heat pumps may be an option for business premises, such as:

  • Warehouses
  • Offices
  • Factories
  • Schools and colleges
  • Hotels and leisure centres
  • Healthcare buildings
  • Hospitals

Our team is highly experienced in heat pump system installation and maintenance for businesses throughout the North of England.

How Do Commercial Heat Pumps Work?

A heat pump could be compared to a highly efficient refrigerator for entire premises. In both heating and cooling modes, it uses a special liquid refrigerant to move heat around, rather than directly generate it.


  • In air-source heat pumps, the refrigerant absorbs heat from outside air, even in cold weather. This low-grade heat is then concentrated by a compressor.
  • The hot refrigerant then travels inside, where it warms the air through a heat exchanger (like the coils in a fridge).
  • For ground-source heat pumps, the refrigerant extracts heat from the ground which remains relatively constant year-round. The process is similar to the air-source version, but the heat comes from the earth instead of the outside air.


  • In summer, the heat pump flips. It absorbs heat from inside your commercial premises, making it cool.
  • The now-hot refrigerant travels outside (air source) or to the ground (ground source) where it dumps the heat.

In both modes, the heat pump uses a small amount of electricity to run the compressor. Nevertheless, it can move much more heat than it uses electricity, making heat pumps extremely efficient.

Robinsons Facilities Services offers expert installation and maintenance for both types of heat pumps.

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What Are the Benefits of a Commercial Heat Pump?

There has been a major shift in recent years with many people converting their business spaces and utilising heat pumps. The benefits of heat pumps include:

  • Reduced energy bills: commercial heat pumps and heat recovery units are a more efficient way of heating a building than other methods, such as boilers.
  • Environmentally friendly: heat pumps do not produce carbon emissions, making them a greener and more sustainable option.
  • Low maintenance: heat pumps require relatively little maintenance. Our heat pump services are a quick and efficient way to ensure your commercial system is working at its full potential.
  • Heat large spaces: commercial heat pumps can effectively heat large industrial or commercial spaces.

Every heating and cooling solution has its pros and cons. And. while this is one of the more expensive methods, in terms of installation costs, the reduction in energy bills can potentially help offset this upfront cost.

Government grants, including the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, offer financial incentives for making the switch. The current grant is £7,500 towards both air and ground source heat pumps.

If you think a heat pump could be the right solution for your business, get in touch with Robinsons Facilities Services today. Our team of expert engineers are on hand to advise you on the best heating system for your commercial premises.

Do Commercial Heat Pumps Work in Cold Temperatures?

UK temperatures tend to be ideal for heat pump use. The pumps work by extracting heat from the surrounding air or ground and transferring it to the indoor space, and are designed to operate in a range of temperatures. 

However, when temperatures drop significantly below freezing (around -25°C), the efficiency of heat pumps can be reduced, and their performance may decline. Some commercial heat pumps are designed with features that enable them to operate effectively in cold temperatures, such as a defrost cycle that prevents ice buildup on the outdoor unit.

It’s important to consider the specific climate and heating needs of a commercial space before choosing a heat pump system. As such, consulting with a qualified HVAC professional can help ensure that the system is properly sized and optimised for cold weather conditions.

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Commercial Heat Pump Yorkshire: Servicing and Repairs

As with any heating system, heat pumps require regular servicing to ensure they are running efficiently. We recommend servicing at least annually to ensure your heat pump is working at peak efficiency and to spot any potential issues early.

The Robinsons Facilities Services team offers commercial heat pump servicing and repairs across Yorkshire.

With our Planned Preventative Maintenance package, you can enjoy year-round peace of mind knowing your heat pump is maintained to the highest standard by our expert engineers.

Our Reactive-Only Service is available for businesses that prefer a more “as and when” maintenance option. 

We also have a 24/7/365 emergency call-out service for commercial heat pump breakdowns.

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Commercial Heat Pump FAQs

A heat pump system in a commercial building normally uses an energy source in the ground or air. A heat pump concentrates the heat and increases it before transferring it to the heaters within the building.

There are very few downsides to heat pumps, but some air-source heat pumps may experience icing on very cold days, meaning they require more electricity to achieve the same results.

Heat pumps are becoming more popular in the UK, and are already very popular in Europe, largely due to their lower energy prices. As heat pumps become even more efficient they are a viable option in the UK.

The cost of a commercial heat pump varies based on size, model, features, etc. but you can typically expect to pay in the region of £2,000 – £50,000 for installation. Contact us for professional advice and support today.

This depends on your current system, energy use, and chosen system, but payback periods can typically range from 2-5 years.

Yes, heat pumps are highly efficient and can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs.

Yes, grants and incentives, such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, are available to help with the upfront cost of switching from a traditional boiler to an air or ground-source heat pump.

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