As you may have seen I the news, the government has released a scheme where you will be able to claim a £5,000.00 grant to swap your gas boiler for a heat pump. We’ve been installing heat pumps for over 15 years and here are the main things you should consider getting a quotation…
- Your home may not be suitable. Heat pumps wont run efficiently in poorly insulated properties (Loft insulation, good double glazing and cavity wall insulation should be in place as a minimum)
- You will need a hot water cylinder that is suitable for a heat pump. Yes, that means your current cylinder will have to be replaced and if you don’t have one (ie you have a combi boiler) you will also need to have one installed.
- Your radiators may have to be replaced – Due to heat pumps running at a much lower flow temperature than your traditional boiler, they need a larger surface area to warm your home
- Your electricity bills will go up – Heat pumps use electricity to harvest energy from the air, ground or water.
What is an air source heat pump?
Air source heat pumps extract thermal energy (heat) from the outside air and convert this into heating and hot water for your home. They are designed to work in cold temperatures and are suitable for a range of homes, from a small apartment* to a large, detached property. The heat pump needs to be located outside the property: it’s very quiet in operation, being no louder than a domestic fridge. Air source heat pumps do require electricity to operate, and approximately 75% of the energy required is generated from the outside air, with only 25% being required from electricity. This means that 75% of the energy you use will be from a renewable source, which will reduce your emissions and CO2 impact.
How do they work?
By using the same clever technology found in your fridge freezer. An electric-powered air source heat pump absorbs heat from the air outside, compresses it to a high temperature, and transfers it into your home to create renewable heating and hot water that’s kinder to the planet. Plus, it produces fewer carbon emissions than a traditional boiler, so it’s better for the surrounding air quality. And that’s better for you and your family
What are the benefits?
- Up to 350% efficiency – for every 1 kWh of electricity it uses, it can generate around 3.5 kWh in heat
- Better for the environment – low carbon heating for a greener, cleaner planet
- Eligible for quarterly payments – get paid over £7,000 over seven years through the Renewable Heat Incentive