Air source heat pumps are not a new thing, using the reverse technology of a fridge, they have been around for some time. Now they are actively sought as an effective and viable alternative to burning ever more expensive fossil fuels. Better still, they are actually encouraged with the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). If you are interested in this new technology or planning to get an air source heat pump installed, then here are a few considerations to help you make that decision.
Costing depends on several factors:
• Size and thermal efficiency of your home
• Existing heating system including function and health
• Number of floors
• Location (Outdoor temperature)
• Desired room temperature (demand)
• Hot water requirement (demand)
• Desired water flow temperature
For this reason, we don’t offer published guide prices as the variations are so vast from property to property, it can be misleading.
Choosing the right size is of utmost importance. Your supplier will be able to provide you with the right advice as to the size of the pump needed. Compared to a conventional gas boiler and tank, or combi boiler, the initial set up cost might be a little on the higher side, but the drop in the monthly expenditure is considerable along with RHI repayments to help. Besides, maintenance costs are minimal, lifespan is longer than a boiler, and repair is easy to do and is cost effective.
The drop in the monthly bills will, of course, depend on how well your home is insulated, and the demands you make on the system. If your home is capable of retaining the heat produced by the pumps, the savings could be even higher. Another way of going eco-friendly and reducing your monthly outlay is by installing solar panels to power your heat pump. This will help further reduce your electricity bills as well as your carbon footprint.
Choose an installer using MCS certified heat pumps. This certification allows you to apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive. This is an initiative by the UK government where you could receive a cash incentive every quarter. These are spread over a period of seven years for installing renewable heating technology.
An air-source heat pump makes one of the most efficient and eco-friendly ways of heating your home. Heat pumps can bring your monthly expenditure down considerably, at the same time helping you to do your bit for the environment.