Benefits in switching to Air Source Heat Pumps
There are numerous benefits to using air source heat pumps as an alternative to your current heating fuel. The UK Government has committed to a target of 600,000 heat pump installations every year by 2028. While there is a focus on new build properties, heat pumps can be installed in most premises, domestic and commercial.
Low Carbon Footprint
Air source heat pumps are a form of low carbon heating, as they use the outside air to heat your home and business, they don’t burn anything. If you are switching from a coal, LPG or electricity-based heating system, you will significantly reduce your carbon emissions.
By switching to an air source heat pump you can reduce your energy bills as you’ll be using a significantly more efficient system. This will improve over time as more electricity is produced via renewable sources.
Boiler Upgrade Scheme
If you comply with some very simple and straight forward qualifying criteria you will receive a grant of £5000 when you have an ASHP installed. And better still you don’t have to claim the grant, we do and then just take it off your final bill.
As there is no need to burn any kind of fossil fuel, no naked flame, no need for an oil storage tank or cylinders of highly flammable gas to fuel your heating, you can see that the safety argument for installing an Air Source Heat Pump is very strong indeed.
Air source heat pumps work with radiators and underfloor heating to heat your rooms but the right sized cylinder will also ensure all your domestic hot water requirements are met.
An air source heat pump can extract heat from the ambient air even at a lower temperature, down to -20°C. An air-to-water heat pump can generate 40°C heat when outside temperatures are as low as -20°C.
Seasonal Coefficient of Performance *
Air source heat pumps are efficient both in the winter and summer, thanks to an outstanding SCOP (seasonal coefficient of performance). The SCOP of a heat pump is a way to measure its efficiency by comparing the power input needed to produce heat to the amount of heat output. See Below
Installing an air source heat pump can take as little as two days. They typically don’t require planning permission and the disruption to your property is always kept to an absolute minimum.
Servicing and maintenance should be done by a qualified technician annually, which will ensure optimal performance of your heat pump. This includes cleaning filters, checking for system leaks, checking refrigerant levels, clearing leaves and dust from your heat pump etc. In addition to the annual service, to help your heat pump operate effectively, you must keep the air intake clear of any debris, leaves, foliage, etc.
Air source heat pumps have a long lifespan, and with proper maintenance, they can be operational for up to 20 years. There are some differences between manufacturers but the majority offer between 5 and 7 years warranty.
No Fuel Storage
No fuel storage is needed with air source heat pumps. Not relying on fuel such as oil or LPG means you can say goodbye to the cylinders or tank in your garden, the cost of those fuels and the additional fees for fuel deliveries.
Air source heat pumps can be powered by solar energy (using solar panels) instead of electricity from the grid. So installing a heat pump and solar panels together is the perfect combination.
Seasonal Coefficient of Performance (SCOP) *
The efficiency of an air source heat pump is measured by the Seasonal Coefficient of Performance (SCOP). This refers to the maximum efficiency with which the heat pump can run. Most air source heat pump manufacturers will rate their product as having a SCOP between 3.5 and 4.5, but in some cases, it can be as high as 5.5.
The SCOP refers to how many kilowatts of heat 1 kilowatt of electricity can produce. An air source heat pump with a SCOP of 4 will produce 4 kilowatts of heat. By comparison a gas boiler running at optimum efficiency will have a SCOP of 1, meaning the heat pump will provide you with four times more heat for the same energy input. In reality a gas boiler rarely operates at a SCOP of 1 so the improvements created by switching are even greater.
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