What is an Air Source Heat Pump?
An air-source heat pump works by drawing in outside air through the unit and converting it to heat using a refrigeration process, which can be used to provide heat for radiators, underfloor heating and domestic hot water.
There are two kinds of air source heat pump:
They’re incredibly energy efficient and typically produce 3 - 4kW of heat energy for every 1kW of electricity used to power them, saving you money on bills and cutting energy consumption.
Air Source Heat Pumps don’t produce any harmful emissions unlike carbon based fuels such as Natural gas, LPG, Oil and solid fuel, so are much better for the environment.
The Advantages of an Air Source Heat Pump
Some of the advantages of using an air source heat pump include:
Some Disadvantages of an Air Source Heat Pump
Air Source Heat Pump Grants
If you decide to buy an air source heat pump, you’ll be eligible to receive government support payments as part of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
In order to be eligible for the grant, you have to have an air-to-water heat pump.
Payments are made quarterly, over a 7 year period and are based on the projected energy produced by the Heat Pump up to a pre-capped amount. The amount of RHI payment available can often cover a substantial portion of the initial cost of installation.
As we are MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) and Trustmark certified, Hales & Coultas are qualified and approved to install Air Source Heat Pump systems and can guide and support you through the RHi application process.
Our friendly team are always available if you need help or advice with your applications or any other potential funding options.
Is an Air Source Heat Pump Right for You?
A few things to consider when working out whether an air source heat pump is right for you are:
Air Source Heat Pump Installation
Before the installation, Hales & Coultas will carry out a full internal and external survey of your property, measuring each room in order to work out the heat requirement and radiator sizes for each room.
We will discuss and agree with you a suitable location to install the outside unit.
Some systems only require an outside unit (Mono-block) and some systems require an inside and outside unit (Split system) so would also require some space inside if the split system is used. The inside unit is similar in size to a traditional wall mounted gas boiler.
We would discuss the full range of options with you to ensure our design best meets your requirements.
Most new systems will require a new hot water cylinder designed for use with a Heat Pump so this would just replace the existing one.
Connecting to the existing heating system is relatively simple and any upgrades required to the system or radiators would be identified at the survey.
The outside unit will require a new electric supply direct from your consumer unit/fuse-board.
New efficient user controls and new electrics would complete the installation.
All work is installed and commissioned to MCS standards.
2-5 year parts and labour warranty available.