Air Source Heat Pumps
We now supply and install air source heat pumps! But what is an air source heat pump?!
Air source heat pumps (ASHP) are an energy efficient way of heating your home and hot water. The system extracts thermal energy from the outside air and converts it into heating and hot water inside the home. They do this using the refrigeration cycle used in air conditioning systems.
Because they are powered by electricity there is no need for a gas supply. This could give huge savings on a new build and is a perfect solution for rural homes without gas mains.
If you’re replacing an electricity, LPG or an oil heating system they could lower your fuel bills and reduce your running costs and carbon emissions.
You could also be eligible for a grant when you replace your existing heating system with a heat pump. The Government have now launched the RHI (renewable heating incentive) which means you could actually get paid for having an air source heat pump!
Air source heat pumps (ASHP) absorb heat from the outside air and use this to heat radiators, underfloor heating & provide hot water for homes. It is possible for air source heat pumps to extract heat from air at temperatures as low as -20°C.
ASHP’s run on electricity, meaning you DO NOT need a mains gas supply, meaning they are perfect for homes in rural areas, new self builds or homes which do not currently have mains gas installed.
Air source heat pumps are incredibly efficient, for every unit of electricity used to power the system, 3-4 units of heat are produced!
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The renewable heat incentive has been designed as a ‘boiler replacement scheme’ and payments are intended to bridge the costs between the installation and running costs of fossil-fuel heating systems and the renewable alternatives.
You may have originally heard about The Green Homes Grant, which was a £2 billion scheme, launched by the Government to help the country become net-zero by 2050.
The scheme ended March 2021 but there are now alternative Government schemes in place to help homeowners save money on their energy, with further improvement to insulation of homes, power generation through solar panels and air source heat pumps.
The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (previously known as the Clean Heat Grant) provides funding to domestic homes to help them transition to low carbon heating systems. The scheme is available from April 2022, replacing the renewable heat incentive (RHI) that is set to end for new applicants in March 2022.
Owners of existing or new builds are able to apply for this government grant of up to £5000 towards the installation of heat pumps that can help them save hundreds in energy costs. This scheme covers all boilers and heating systems that burn fossil fuels including, gas, oil and LPG but doesn’t cover replacing an old heat pump.
To be eligible for the scheme you will need a valid EPC for your home, your house must be an existing building, or a self-build and you will need to provide at least one quote from a MCS certified installer. You can also check your eligibility for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme here.
There are several types of technologies available for installation as part of the Clean Heat Grant, these include:
If your chosen technology is an Air Source Heat Pump, the installation must be completed within 3 months of your vouchers being issued. For larger projects, this is extended to 6 months.