Crippling energy costs and the desire to go green are just two reasons why renewable energy technology ticks the box for many homeowners. If you’re looking for a renewable heating solution to reduce the cost of your energy bills, then installing an air source heat pump could be the way to go.
What is an air source heat pump installation and how does it work?
The name is pretty self-explanatory, but essentially an air source heat pump extracts heat from the air outside and passes it through a compressor. The compressor increases the temperature of the extracted air sufficiently enough to heat under floor heating systems, radiators, warm air convectors and water. This type of pump is known as an air to water heat pump, but air to air heat pumps are also available which utilise fans to circulate the warm air produced into your home.
Installed outside, preferably against a sunny wall or on the ground, an air source heat pump unit requires space around it to allow for a decent amount of air flow.
To ensure your air source heat pump installation works effectively, your home needs to be well insulated. This can be done by installing double glazing, loft, roof and cavity, solid or external wall insulation.
Why is installaing an air source heat pump such a good idea?
For starters, replacing your conventional electric or coal heating system with an air source heat pump can reduce your energy bills, whilst lowering your home’s carbon emissions. Also, because air source heat pumps provide heat at a lower temperature over a longer period, they are highly efficient and ideal for generating heat for underfloor and warm air heating.
Another great benefit of installing an air source heat pump is that it requires minimal maintenance, hence being known as a ‘fit and forget’ renewable energy technology.
Can I use air source heat pumps all year round?
Yes, air source heat pumps absorb heat even when outside temperatures are as low as -20, which means they’re suitable to use throughout the year, including the winter months.
What funding and incentives are available for air source heat pump installations?
Renewable heating solutions, such as air source heat pumps, that are utilised for either domestic or non-domestic use are covered by the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. Participants of the scheme receive quarterly payments over seven years depending on the type of renewable energy technology used and the latest tariffs. It’s also worth knowing that your air source heat pump should be installed by a certified MCS plumber to qualify for this type of Government incentive.
Not only will installing an air source heat pump allow you to benefit from regular payments through the Renewable Heat Incentive, but it will also reduce your energy bills.