What is an Air Source Heat Pump?
An air source heat pump works by drawing in air from the outside and converting it to heat using a refrigeration process, which can be used to provide warmth for radiators or domestic hot water.
There are two kinds of air source heat pump:
They’re incredibly energy efficient and offer ‘free’ energy - by delivering more heat energy than the electricity used to work them. This can save a huge amount of money on bills, and cuts energy consumption way down.
The Advantages of an Air Source Heat Pump
Some of the advantages of using an air source heat pump include:
The Disadvantages of an Air Source Heat Pump
The Air Source Heat Pump Grant
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 would be affected if combined with a Green Homes Grant.
There is also the £2 billion Green Homes Grant Scheme, which was first announced on 8 July 2020 is now available. Homeowners can get vouchers up to £5,000 or £10,000 depending on your circumstances, to meet two-thirds of the upfront cost of your new heat pump or other qualifying measures.
As we are MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) certified, by using Hales & Coultas you will qualify for both schemes.
Our friendly team are always available if you need help or advice with your applications. Find guidance on the grant at the government website.
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 installation, a full internal and external survey of the property would be carried out and a suitable location to install the outside unit would be identified. Some systems only require an outside unit (Mono-block) and some systems require an inside and outside unit (Split system) so would also require space inside if the split system is used.
Most new systems will require a new hot water cylinder designed for use with a Heat Pump so this would 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.
New highly efficient user controls and new electrics would complete the installation. All work is installed and commissioned to MCS standards. 3-year parts and labour “workmanship” warranty included.