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 work all year round?
According to air source heat pump manufacturers they are efficient down to air temperatures of -20°c, which means that they are more than suitable for installations within the UK. Heat pumps can produce water heated at 55C all year round in the UK without the aid of electrical immersions.
Do air source heat pumps come with a warranty?
Most air source heat pump installations include warranties for parts and labour. You should check your quote or the pump's product details to find out how long that model's warranty is.
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 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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