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Heat Pumps

  • 28-10-2021 1:18pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,073 ✭✭✭ eurotrotter
    Registered User

    Hi All,

    Just looking to get some advice on heat pumps before making the plunge and ordering my next car, and need some help with the following questions:

    Does it help with range in the summer?/ Will it help run the A/C more efficiently in summer?

    Does it help with range in the colder months of the year, when simply running the ventilation to keep the windows clear?

    Is a heat pump only of use in winter conditions?

    Does a heat pump both heat (winter) and cool (summer) the traction battery when necessary, or does it just heat the battery in winter?

    Many thanks!


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,364 ✭✭✭✭ KCross
    Registered User

    Which car are you referring to?

    Generally the heat pump provides its most benefit in winter as its used to provide heat and generating heat is a high energy consumer. It doesnt play a major part in summer use of the car.

    However, the price of the heat pump on some makes is ridiculously high and just not justified in this country unless you are regularly hitting the cars range limit.

    If you are not near the cars range limit for the majority of the year then the heat pump is unnecessry as you can happily pre-condition the cabin at home before you leave each morning and the energy you use after that doesnt matter as you have plenty range to spare and you will just top up again when you get home that night. e.g. Do you care that it costs you €4 per day or €4.20!