The benefits of Air Source heat pumps

You can benefit in many ways from fitting an air source heat pump and exactly what you are able to earn or save will be dependent on your circumstances, however you could benefit by over £600 per year.

  • Reduce your carbon footprint: Heat pumps can lower your home’s carbon emissions, depending on which fuel you are replacing, because they reduce the fuel that you need to burn for heating.
  • Reduce your heating costs: This is especially true if you are currently using conventional electric heating. Heat pumps provide space heating and hot water more efficiently than traditional heating sources, saving you money on your bills.
  • No fuel deliveries required: By replacing your oil or solid fuel heating system you are removing the need to have fuel deliveries. All that is required is electricity to power the pump.
  • 'Fit and forget’: Heat pumps are often classed as a ‘fit and forget’ technology because they need little maintenance.

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Getting paid for producing heat

You will be able make money out of the heat you produce through the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, details of which will be released in 2013. Learn about the Renewable Heat Incentive and RHPP here.

An example created by the Energy Saving Trust shows that a typical domestic electrical system could earn around:

  • £610 per year reduction in current electricity heating bills
  • A single Renewable Heat Premium Payment of £850
  • A regular payment from the Renewable Heat Incentive – to be confirmed in 2013

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FAQs

Where in my house should an air source heat pump be installed?
The bulkiest component of an air source heat pump is the air handling unit, which must be fitted outside. The unit can be fitted on an outside wall, but some designs allow this to be fitted some way away from the home, as far as 20-30 meters. The heat pump needs to be in or on the house and typically this is where the essential components are housed.
Will an air source heat pump provide enough hot water for heating and hot water?
If you do not heat your water beyond 55°C and your system has been correctly scaled and fitted for your needs there is no reason why all your domestic hot water requirements shouldn't be provided by the air source heat pump throughout the year. It should be noted that heat pumps produce water at a lower temperature than boiler systems, meaning that you will need larger radiators or an underfloor heating system or the pump to heat your house effectively.
What properties are not suitable for an air source heat pump installation?
Air source heat pumps are not suitable for use in houses where the levels of insulation are not known and where the age and type of the heating distribution system (radiators and pipes) is unknown. Because they produce hot water at a lower temperature than conventional boilers they are particularly suited to house with under-floor heating.
How much do they cost and how much will I save?
Complete our free home Energy Assessment to find out how much a typical air source heat pump would cost for your house, how much it would save you and how long the payback will be.
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