Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air. This heat can then be used to heat radiators, underfloor heating systems or warm air convectors and hot water in your home.
- Lower fuel bills, especially if you are replacing conventional electric heating
- Qualifies for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) or Commercial RHI scheme.
- Lower home carbon emissions, depending on which fuel you are replacing
- No fuel deliveries needed
- Can heat your home as well as your water
- Minimal maintenance required
- Can be easier to install than a ground source heat pump
- Lower VAT - Domestic Heat Pump 5% - New Build 0%
Unlike gas and oil boilers, heat pumps deliver heat at lower temperatures over much longer periods. During the winter months they may need to be on constantly to heat your home efficiently. You will also notice that radiators won't feel as hot to the touch as they might do when you are using a gas or oil boiler.
Is an air source heat pump suitable for my home?
To tell if an air source heat pump is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:
Do you have a location for it to go?
You will require a position outside your home where an outdoor unit can be fitted to a wall or placed on the ground. It will need spacing around the unit to allow sufficient flow of air. A sunny wall would be an ideal location.
Is your home well insulated?
Since air source heat pumps work best when producing heat at a lower temperature than traditional boilers, it's essential that your home is insulated and draught-proofed well for the heating system to be effective.
What fuel will you be replacing?
The system will pay for itself much more quickly if it's replacing an electricity or coal heating system. Heat pumps may not be the best option for homes using mains gas.
What type of heating system will you use?
Air source heat pumps can perform better with underfloor heating systems or warm air heating than with radiator-based systems because of the lower water temperatures required. Combining heat pumps and underfloor is a option worth considering.
Is the system intended for a new development?
Combining the installation with other building work can reduce the cost of installing the system.