Costs, savings and maintenance

The costs for fitting a typical domestic system range from £6,000 to £10,000 including installation. Running costs vary depending the size of your home and how well insulated it is. Currently you can get a one off payment of £850 from the government through the RHPP scheme to contribute to your installation costs.

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Costs & Maintenance

Heat pumps typically come with a 10 year warranty and should be expected to run for at least 20 years. You should check your system every year and arrange to have a professional installer inspect it every 3-5 years.

Heat pumps need electricity to run the fan and pump, but the heat they extract from the air is more than the energy that they use to capture it.

You should leave your heat pump on all the time during the winter as this will make it much more efficient at capturing heat.

Savings

In the right home the savings can be considerable. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that when replacing an existing electric heating system in a 3 bed semi detached home you could save up to £610 per year, even before any contribution from the Renewable Heat Incentive.

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FAQs

Do air source heat pumps require any maintenance?
Typically no annual maintenance is required, but there may some makes and models that do require some checks to be carried out.
How much noise do air source heat pumps generate?
Most modern air source heat pumps are fairly quiet. The noisy part is the air handling unit, which makes a similar level of noise as an air-conditioning unit. The heat pump itself, which is often installed inside, makes a noise too, but this is typically no more than the noise of a fridge.
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.
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