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.
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
What to do next?
- How do air source heat pumps work?
- A box on the outside of your house called the air handling unit takes in outside air and then transfers the heat energy from the air to a fluid through large heat exchangers . The fluid is then compressed in a heat pump to raise the temperature to a level that means it can be used in your home as heating and hot water.
- How much space do I need for my air source heat pump?
- This will depend on the make and model of the heat pump. The air handling unit component of the pump will need to be fitted in a location where air can circulate freely, so typically on an outside wall. Typically the air handling unit will be similar in size to a kitchen appliance, such as a washing machine or dishwasher. You will also need space inside your house for the heat pump itself.
- 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.
- Will I need a new boiler to install an air source heat pump?
- An air source heat pump can provide all your hot water and heating requirements without the need for top-up from a boiler. However, a boiler can be used alongside the pump system as a top up to meet demand in colder weather. This will depend on your current heating system's design.
- How many air source heat pumps would I need for a large building?
- This depends on the model that you choose, however if you home is well insulated you will need fewer heat pumps to maintain the same temperature level. Your installer will be able to advise you on exactly how many you will need.
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