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

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.
Can I heat my swimming Pool with an air source heat pump?
Air source heat pumps are ideal for pools. Note that for existing swimming pools the current heat exchanger would need to be changed.
How much hot water is produced each day by an air source heat pump?
This will depend on the make and model of air source heat pump that you're planning to use, but a well chosen pump should be able to meet all of your heating needs. You should aim to get advice from at least one well accredited installer when choosing a model.
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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