Why get an air source heat pump?
- Lower fuel bills
- Potential income of up to £12,100
through Government scheme
- Lower carbon emissions
- No fuel deliveries needed
- Heat your home and your water
- Minimal maintenance
- Easy installation
What is an Air Source
Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air and could help save LPG or oil boiler owners up to half of their energy bill. This heat can then be provided to radiators, underfloor heating systems, or warm air convectors and hot water in your home.
An air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its inside. It can get heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as -15° C. Heat pumps have some impact on the environment as they need electricity to run, but the heat they extract from the ground, air, or water is constantly being renewed naturally.
Heat from the air is absorbed at low temperature into a fluid. This fluid then passes through a compressor where its temperature is increased and transfers its higher temperature heat to the heating and hot water circuits of the house. This gives you savings of up to £12,100 through the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) while lowering carbon emissions making your home more environmentally friendly.
Unlike gas and oil boilers, heat pumps deliver heat at lower temperatures over much longer periods. During the winter they may need to be on constantly to heat your home efficiently. You will also notice that radiators won’t feel as hot to the touch as they might do when you are using a gas or oil boiler.
- LPG and oil boiler used will have lower fuel bills, especially if you are replacing conventional electric heating
- Potential income of up to £12,100 through the UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
- Lower home carbon emissions, depending on which fuel you are replacing
- No fuel deliveries needed
- Can heat your home as well as your water
- Minimal maintenance required
- Can be easier to install than a ground source heat pump.
IS AN AIR SOURCE PUMP RIGHT FOR YOUR HOME?
To tell if an air source heat pump is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider…
You’ll need a place outside your home where a unit can be fitted to a wall or placed on the ground. It will need plenty of space around it to get a good flow of air. A sunny wall is ideal.
Since air source heat pumps work best when producing heat at a lower temperature than traditional boilers, it’s essential that your home is well insulated and draught-proofed for the heating system to be most efficient.
The system will pay for itself much more quickly if it’s replacing an electricity or coal heating system. Typical systems installed in the UK today are most commonly replacing Oil and LPG boilers, an air source heat pump also has a lower running cost than an old mains gas boiler.
Air source heat pumps can perform better with underfloor heating systems because of the lower water temperatures required. A lot of properties using radiators will require some radiator upgrades to increase the output, this is due to the lower water temperature in the system.
Combining the installation with other building work can reduce the cost of installing the system.